Carole Argo is an American business executive, mother, wife and philanthropic leader. For the past six years, Carole’s focus on advising corporate executives has afforded her extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, turn-arounds and restructurings and growth strategies for companies, with expertise in global technology companies.
Carole was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the second of three children. As the daughter of a US Government Department of Defense engineer, Carole spent early years of her life living in Asia Pacific. She moved to Arizona and attended and graduated from Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
From a young age, Carole displayed an interest in education and critical thinking. She started her undergraduate college years as an architecture major, but soon switched over to business. It was then that Argo realized that business was where she belonged. She enjoyed the being in the thick of things, allowing her natural leadership developed over time to come forward organically. With an eye-for-detail and excellent communications skills, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Arizona in 1983.
Shortly after graduation, she began to seek employment in the accounting industry, as her penchant for crunching numbers and working in finance was truly realized. One of her first business ventures came about when Carole moved to New York, became a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), and worked in public accounting firms for seven years. Always seeking improvement and growth, Argo became a manager at one of the Big 4 accounting firms — which compose of Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG.
Carole Argo left public accounting to join the private industry, taking a job as a Controller at one of her client’s companies, an international technology company located in the Washington, D.C. area. She spent seven years gaining invaluable experience working as an operational Controller responsible for a variety of functions, from overseeing accounting and finance functions, monitoring internal controls to eventually assuming operational responsibilities such as purchasing, manufacturing and engineering design.
Carole built a strong and wide-ranging background in business during her professional years by working in a plethora of finance and managerial roles. And even as her role as a Controller continued to test Carole’s wide breadth of abilities and strengths, she sought further growth, eventually deciding to return to school for a graduate degree. While still working full-time as a Controller, she also received her Masters of Business Administration from Loyola College of Maryland in 1998.
Carole currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a mother of three, wife of 32 years, caretaker, volunteer, active church member, hard-working business woman, and active philanthropist who is determined to make a difference in the world around her. Currently, Argo works as the Chief Financial Officer at the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA), where she works with intellectually and developmentally disabled youth and adults.
As an operations and process consultant at NCIA, Carole has helped organize this nonprofit into a financially viable agency that assists developmentally disabled adults to get the care, support and treatment they deserve. She and the NCIA hope that by working alongside individuals with physical, intellectual and emotional barriers, that they will be able to break the cycle of these individuals running into the legal trouble that they so often do.