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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.
Since 1979, Mr. Behar has had a special interest in the automobile industry and “special situations” such as litigation support, divorce negotiations and mediation, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, and consulting. Mr. Behar is a member and past member of the Board and past vice-president of the Shearith Israel Synagogue. He has served as treasurer of the Martin for Mayor Campaign, treasurer of the Fair Tax Committee, and served two years on the Columbus Consolidated Government Pension Board. He has also served as a member of the Columbus State University Planned Giving Professional Advisory Committee and as a member and treasurer of the Chattahoochee Valley Community College Foundation Board.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as a member and past officer of the Columbus Chapter of Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Behar is married and has two adult children and two granddaughters.