Atlanta accounting firms announce merger

Atlanta accounting firms Windham Brannon and Tarpley & Underwood have announced their merger. The resulting firm ranks among the top 10 Atlanta CPA firms with more than 140 staff. The expanded firm will continue as Windham Brannon, P.C., CPAs, which has been serving Atlanta businesses and families for more than a half century.
According to the announcement of the merger, this expanded firm means an enhanced breadth and depth of services for clients of the combined firms. In addition to the industries where the firm offers specific experience and expertise, the merger brings together complementary practice areas.
"We have known the Tarpley & Underwood people for years, and have always admired them as people and for their commitment to quality work," said Windham Brannon CEO Charles L. McGimsey. "This is a merger of like-minded cultures and complementary areas of expertise. Windham Brannon has strengthened some key practice areas, and the clients of both firms will benefit from more resources and expanded capabilities."
"The merger expands and extends our capabilities to serve our clients," noted Tarpley & Underwood CEO Jim Underwood. "The additional resources in terms of personnel and expertise allow us to provide greater, more comprehensive services to our clients, and ensures continuity of service long-term. Our combined breadth of resources and expertise also means we can compete more effectively in the marketplace."
The merger is a "true merger," added Underwood, "with continued ownership by both groups."
The two firms share a legacy of providing industry leadership in Georgia throughout their histories. Between the two, seven principals have served as presidents of the Georgia Society of CPAs. Both firms have been recognized repeatedly for their expertise by the accounting profession, and for their contributions, financial as well as intellectual, to the profession and those it serves.
The firms will remain in their current locations, The Peachtree in Midtown and Three Ravinia, "through the current tax season," according to McGimsey.
Tarpley & Underwood, founded in 1978, is a full-service CPA firm serving Georgia businesses and individuals with tailored, personal, local service. The firm's areas of expertise include construction, health care, manufacturing and distribution, estate and financial planning, non-profit, technology, and transportation.
 Windham Brannon, established in 1957, has been recognized by Accounting Today magazine for the past three years as one of the nation's Best Accounting Firms to Work For, by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 50 Best Places to Work in Atlanta, and by Inside Public Accounting as one of America's top 25 CPA firms.

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