Avenu Adds Illinois Staff, Clients

HERNDON, VA, July 30, 2018 – Greg Karr, former president of AmAudit, has joined Avenu to lead the revenue enhancement and administration operations for cities and counties in Illinois. Avenu will assume contracts previously managed by Karr.

The addition is part of Avenu’s national expansion strategy and gives the company renowned talent with deep relationships among leaders in the state’s local jurisdictions.

Karr’s career includes 16 years of finding revenue opportunities through compliance audits in Illinois. These have covered sales taxes, utility taxes and cost-audit services for natural gas, electricity, wireless telecommunications and cable. Karr has been responsible for finding more than $30 million through audits of more than 100 communities.

“Local governments don’t have the resources to scrutinize every payment they receive for fees and taxes, so they are often underpaid,” says Karr. “Equally important is that they lack the knowledge to decipher complex utility bills to ensure that rates are correct. As part of a national company with the resources to support cities and counties in many ways, we can turn that around.”

Adds Avenu CEO Paul Colangelo, “The need to ease the financial pressure on local governments presents a lot of opportunity for us. With Greg in our new Illinois location we will discover and recover more funding for communities to maintain services and align their budgets.”