Mr. Behar founded Robert I. Behar, CPA in 1977. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting in 1964. While attending the University of Georgia, Mr. Behar participated in the honors program and was a member of Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society. He was also both a member and Treasurer of Tau Epsilon Phi Social Fraternity.
Before founding his own CPA firm in 1977, Mr. Behar spent five years working for a large, local CPA firm in Rome, Georgia. The next two years he was employed by Satlof, Hirsch and Company, CPAs in Columbus, Georgia, and then he owned and operated his own retail clothing business for six years. Mr. Behar is managing principal in the firm. While in Rome, Georgia, Mr. Behar specialized in hospital auditing and Medicare cost reimbursement. He was involved in hospital auditing at the beginning of the Medicare program and was responsible for the establishment of the initial cost and Medicare system in a number of hospitals. In Columbus, Georgia, he was involved in nursing home auditing and Medicare cost reimbursement.