BKD applauds Its people as firm celebrates 85 on January 2

In business since 1923, accounting firm looks ahead with stronger focus on people resources.

What better way to commemorate 85 years in business than for BKD, LLP to recognize what has made its history and its future possible: Its people. Their contributions are central to honoring Founder's Day on January 2, marking the firm's establishment in 1923. On this date, offices in Kansas City and Joplin become those of Baird, Kurtz & Dobson. Now BKD, LLP ranks as one of the 10 largest CPA and advisory firms in the United States, with net revenues of $318 million and approximately 1,900 personnel, including approximately 230 partners, based in 27 offices within 11 states in the central United States.

"We are enhancing the concept that has driven our success since day one - putting people first," said Neal D. Spencer, BKD's managing partner. "We find the best people we can, take good care of them by encouraging life/work balance, and furnish high-quality resources, training and development opportunities so they in turn can provide another hallmark of our success: unmatched client service."

Spencer acknowledges a strong focus on people resources is key to planning what BKD does in the next 85 years and beyond. "We owe a debt of gratitude not only to our personnel talent pool but also to our many clients and friends," said Spencer. "At BKD, our People First initiative is our commitment to support our personnel, the 'Best of the Best,' as they deliver the BKD Experience of unmatched client service. That support translates into providing challenging work, rewarding opportunities and a life."

Life/work balance takes center stage with a number of new enhancements starting January 1, 2008, under the theme "Refresh, Recharge & Reconnect." Examples include additional holidays, more vacation time, added personal flexibility within specified work schedules and the ability for designated partners to reward high performers with additional time off. And there is a unique travel reward: Acknowledging the demands of overnight travel differ from working locally and adds time away from family and friends, the firm will provide additional compensation to employees for overnight out-of-town travel on firm business.

To help manage the demands of client service and continually developing professional expertise, personnel benefit from BKD's new coaching program, matching everyone with performance coaches for insight and advice. The program is crucial for guidance at all personnel levels in providing services for clients in today's fast-paced and challenging work environment, which goes beyond tax and audit services to include increasingly specialized areas in wealth management, corporate finance, forensic accounting, health care, not-for-profit and government, manufacturing and distribution, financial services, risk management, and technology.

BKD also offers diverse and rewarding opportunities for career growth, including extensive continuing professional education and community outreach projects. Career advancement is supported by building skills and personal assets in the framework of client service and the firm's PRIDE values of passion, respect, integrity, discipline, and excellence.

"We recognize in order to provide unmatched client service, we must be at our best, now and into the future," said Spencer. "Well-deserved enhancements go into effect in January 2008 to take care of ourselves through People First. Complemented by our uncompromising client focus, we can continue to deliver the BKD Experience consistently and grow wisely."

About BKD

BKD, LLP is the CPA and advisory firm of choice for growing companies and high net-worth individuals. As one of the 10 largest such firms in the country, we help clients go beyond their numbers by applying our technical expertise, unmatched client service and disciplined delivery of solutions to their management and financial needs. BKD's approximately 1,900 personnel, including approximately 230 partners, are based in 27 offices within 11 states in the central United States. Praxity, AISBL, a global alliance of independent firms, enhances BKD's ability to serve the dynamic needs of multinational clients. PraxityTM is your gateway to tax, assurance and consulting services delivered by alliance firms committed to the highest standards required in international business.

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