CPA and business advisory firm SS&G recently announced the completion of a merger with Chicago-based Ahlbeck & Company. The merger adds 22 staff members to SS&G's roster of more than 400 employees.
Headquartered in Northeast Ohio, SS&G's new presence in the Chicago market will help expand the firm's already strong base of Illinois clients, according to the firm.
"This merger is important to our strategic plan," said Gary Shamis, CPA, M.Acc., managing director of SS&G. "We see potential for future growth in many of our areas of specialization including restaurants, health care, contractors, manufacturers, and nonprofit organizations."
SS&G is currently the 46th largest CPA firm in the United States, according to Accounting Today. The firm also operates office locations in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and Erlanger, Kentucky.
Gary Shamis will continue in his current role as managing director of SS&G. Ahlbeck & Company principals Thomas Ahlbeck, CPA, and Dirk Ahlbeck, CPA, CVA, assume the roles of co-managing directors of SS&G Chicago.
"The decision to merge with SS&G was based largely on our commitment to our clients' needs," said Tom Ahlbeck. "We are thrilled to be joining forces with this well respected firm. The relationship provides us the opportunity to offer clients more value in the way of additional services and extended resources."
SS&G and Ahlbeck & Company have a combined 90 years of experience providing certified public accounting and business advisory services.
"This is a merger of equals – great people, great clients, great service, and, now, another great location," added Shamis.
About SS&G Financial Services, Inc.:
SS&G is a full-service certified public accounting, business advisory, and management consulting firm encompassing assurance, tax, employee benefits, and restaurant financial services. SS&G also provides a broad scope of services through its health care, wealth management, and payroll entities. With offices in Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Erlanger, Ky., and 400 employees, SS&G is one of the nation's largest independent accounting and business consulting firms. SS&G is a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, an international professional association of independently owned accounting and consulting firms.