Regional CPA firm Warren Averett, LLC, continues to carry out its strategic growth plans in the Southeast with the recent merger of Atlanta-based Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen (GH&I) and Tampa-based Pender Newkirk & Company. The merger, effective January 1, 2013, helps build a stronger presence for Warren Averett in the Southeast, while offering expanded reach and resources, additional service solutions, and strengthened depth of expertise to clients. Warren Averett will employ more than 725 team members and serve clients through fourteen offices across Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
Jim Cunningham serves as CEO of Warren Averett, LLC. Andrew Siegel and Cindy Ethridge will maintain their roles as comanaging members of the Atlanta division, which will operate during a transitional time as Warren Averett GH&I.
Ralph Garcia will continue as managing member of the Tampa division, which will operate during a transitional time as Warren Averett Pender Newkirk.
"This merger strengthens Warren Averett's presence in the Southeast by joining three successful firms together across Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. We are proud to be entering the Atlanta and Tampa markets, joining with premier local firms, and together becoming an accounting force across the Southeast." said Jim Cunningham, Warren Averett's CEO.
"Our clients are growing and expanding and so are we. The Atlanta and Tampa markets are poised for growth and opportunity which will benefit our clients and our firm."
"Joining Warren Averett makes sense as we are all working toward a common goal: to build a firm offering premier service to our clients and a dynamic place for our professionals to work and grow," said Cindy Ethridge, comanaging member for Warren Averett GH&I. "We will be in a better position to build long-lasting relationships by helping our clients and our employees attain their goals."
"This is a landmark decision and one that has been extremely well thought-out," said Ralph Garcia, Warren Averett Pender Newkirk's managing member. "The combination of our firms will enhance our ability to serve the needs of our business community and support the sustainable growth of our area well into the future."
"The combination of our firms will expand each of our capabilities and resources and open up additional opportunities for our professionals and our clients," said Andrew Siegel, comanaging member for Warren Averett GH&I. "We are each well positioned to come together and augment each other's strong points."
Source: January 8, 2013, Warren Averett Press Release