Leadership Team

The goal of Gupton Marrs International, Inc. (GMI) is to always be our clients’ first choice for working collaboratively to transform their Management Operating Systems. Our staff is committed to continually “earning the right,” and our leadership team takes personal responsibility for meeting and exceeding client expectations. GMI was founded in 2001 by Bruce Gupton and Frank Marrs, both of whom have pursued a lifelong interest in in topics such as (a) senior-level reporting, (b) strategic alignment, (c) governance, risk, and compliance, (d) finance transformation, and (e) related management process reengineering activities.

O. Bruce Gupton

Bruce spent his early career with IBM and EDS, and later served as a management consulting partner in the New York office of PwC and as a Fortune 100 CIO. He subsequently formed his own management consulting firm (ISS), working for clients such as American Express, Bank of America, Citigroup, GE, JPMorganChase, Unilever, and Verizon. After selling ISS to Renaissance Solutions, he co-founded GMI with Frank Marrs in 2001.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and completed all course work for a PhD in accounting and information systems from New York University. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Frank O. Marrs

Prior to co-founding GMI, Frank served as an accounting and auditing partner with KPMG for more than twenty years. He served on KPMG’s Management Committee as Vice Chairman of Audit and led the development and implementation of their quality strategy. His groundbreaking work in transforming the audit process has been described as “the biggest advance in the auditing business in nearly 100 years,” and set new standards for auditing practices in the 21st century.

He received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) degree from West Texas State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on several AICPA subcommittees and co-authored Auditing Organizations Through a Strategic-Systems Lens, which received the Joint AICPA/AAA Collaboration Award. He also authored “Enterprise Concept: Business Modeling Analysis and Design,” Handbook of Industrial Engineering, Chapter 2 (2001).

Our Managing Directors

We have an exceptionally strong group of Managing Directors, each of whom has at least twenty years of relevant experience. These individuals are responsible for leading our management consulting engagements and for ensuring successful outcomes for our WorkItem.com® implementations.

Misa Burnett

  • MBA, Columbia; BA, Middlebury
  • 30 Years’ Experience
  • JPMorganChase
  • AMS, Cambridge Technology Partners
  • Technology & Program Management

Curt DiPaolo

  • BA, Villanova School of Business
  • 35 Years’ Experience
  • Texaco, UST
  • Last Mile of Finance
  • Overall Business Transformation

Ray Ebert

  • MBA, Pace; BA, SUNY
  • 30 Years’ Experience
  • Renaissance Solutions
  • AT&T, CGI, ePierce Solutions
  • GRC & Senior-Level Reporting

Joe Giancaspro

  • BS, Polytechnic University of NY
  • 25 Years’ Experience
  • Wang Software, Eastman Software
  • Software Development and Delivery
  • WorkItem.com® Design & Management

Chris Githmark

  • MBA & BS, Syracuse University
  • 25 Years’ Experience
  • FIS, Wells Fargo/Wachovia
  • KPMG Consulting
  • GRC & Senior-Level Reporting

Steve Machlis

  • MS, Miami (FL); BS, Rutgers
  • 35 Years’ Experience
  • Deloitte
  • NASD, Fannie Mae, Goldman Sachs
  • GRC & IT Specialization

Bruce Milliken

  • MS & BS, Carnegie-Mellon
  • 30 Years’ Experience
  • Renaissance Solutions
  • Ford, Citibank
  • GRC & Strategic Alignment
  • Overall Business Transformation

Rand Scullard

  • Diploma of Technology, BCIT
  • 25 Years’ Experience
  • Wang Software, Eastman Software
  • Software Company Founder
  • WorkItem.com® Design & Management


  • Seasoned professionals with extensive Big Four and large consulting firm experience (including Accenture, Cap Gemini, Deloitte, EDS, Ernst & Young, IBM, KPMG, McKinsey, and PwC).
  • Practical hands-on consulting and implementation experience in (a) senior management and board-level reporting, (b) strategic alignment, (c) Governance, Risk, & Compliance, (d) finance transformation, (e) issue and action management, and (f) overall business transformation management.
  • Known for working collaboratively with client personnel to achieve rapid results.