Bill and Al began their partnership four years ago in an effort to combine their joint knowledge and expertise to focus on bringing opportunities for helping client companies’ achieve bottom line results.  They accomplish this through various tax incentive programs as well as expense reduction services.  Bill earned a Masters of Education degree followed by his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation over 25 years ago and has helped hundreds of individuals, families and businesses through the financial planning process. He uses his knowledge and experience to help companies take advantage of many cost savings opportunities. 

Bill’s passion for helping people is not solely focused on businesses, but extends to his community as well. He is a past President of the Rotary Club of Glenview Sunrise, member of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce and has participated on the Board of Directors of the Niles Chamber of Commerce and Glenview Soccer Club. In 2016, Bill was honored as the business of the month by the Niles Chamber of Commerce. Bill is also a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

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William C. Griffis

President of First Search, Inc.

First Search Inc. has been assisting companies save time and money since its inception in 1984. We understand that employers face many challenges and wear many hats. Our goal is to assist employers in taking advantage of the many opportunities available to reduce costs. 

We are confident we can help every company increase their bottom line. At First Search, Inc. we have a unique process to determine which areas will give the employer the greatest benefit to their bottom line and increase employee productivity.

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Al Katz has been helping businesses make money and save money since 1976. His speciality since opening First Search, Inc in 1984 has been working with a small business owner up to a Fortune 100 company with the correct staffing solution consisting of Retained, Contingency and Temporary Staffing requirements. Al is a national speaker on W-2 to 1099 misclassification since 1990 explaining the real cost when actually audited.

Al is a Pro Partner for the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC), and a speaker for the Illinois CPA Society on Identity Theft since 2012.​ He is a former member of the Board of Directors, an officer and trustee of the Illinois Association of Personnel Consultants. In December 2011 Al was honored as the business of the month by the Niles Chamber of Commerce.  

His community volunteer work earned him a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Support and Service as a co-producer and assistant director of “Update,” a live television production for the ‘We Are Concerned/ World Literacy Crusade’ for the Cable Access Network in Chicago.  Al is a native Chicagoan who graduated from Lane Technical High School and DeVry University.


Allen M. Katz, CEO of First Search, Inc.