Eide Bailly expands Boise practice with Keller, Young & Grover merger

Eide Bailly LLP is pleased to announce that Keller, Young & Grover (KYG), LLP, a Boise-based CPA firm, joined its regional public accounting and business advisory practice, effective Oct. 31, 2008, remaining one of the largest CPA firms in the state of Idaho. This union brings its total staff to more than 1,200, of which 157 are partners. Eide Bailly is a Top 25 CPA firm in the nation and has experienced consistent growth in recent years.

“Keller, Young & Grover shares a similar culture and service philosophy with Eide Bailly, which we believe is key in combining practices,” Jerry Topp, managing partner/CEO of Eide Bailly says. “Eide Bailly emphasizes local service with national resources, focusing on personal client relationships. This reputation for excellent service makes us the firm of choice for more than 39,000 clients.”

Kevin Andersen, partner-in-charge of Eide Bailly’s Boise office adds, “We are excited to bring the talents and experience of the KYG partners and staff into Eide Bailly. This is a win-win situation for the clients and staff of KYG. Clients will benefit from access to more than 1,200 talented professionals across the Firm—people who can help them with their specific business solutions. At the same time, their staff will have additional opportunities to specialize and advance their careers by being part of a larger firm.”

“We are excited about the opportunities ahead,” Julie Hawkins, KYG partner said. “By joining forces with Eide Bailly, we will be able to share more talents with our clients to meet their business needs. In addition to the core services we offer, our clients will benefit from assistance in specialized areas, like cost segregation studies, business valuations and technology services, as well as additional tax and audit resources.”

Hawkins, CPA, joins Eide Bailly as a tax partner. She specializes in taxation of S corporations and their shareholders, closely-held businesses and their owners, passive-activity issues, reviews and compilations of financial statements, individual tax planning and estate and gift tax planning. Hawkins holds a bachelor’s degree in business (accounting major) from the University of Idaho.

In addition to Hawkins, Bill Keller and Jim Young also join Eide Bailly as partners.

Keller, CPA, CVA, joins Eide Bailly as a tax partner. Keller has extensive experience in tax and business planning for closely held businesses, LIFO inventories, business succession planning, business valuations, reviews and compilations of financial statements, real estate transactions and development, business sales and acquisition planning, estate and gift planning and fiduciary taxation and corporate mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. Keller holds a bachelor’s degree in business (accounting major) from the University of Idaho and master’s degrees in accountancy and taxation from the University of Denver.

James Young, CPA, joins Eide Bailly as a tax partner. Young’s areas of specialization include estate and business succession planning, individual tax planning, closely-held businesses and their owners, business acquisitions, IRS representation, including ruling requests, tax court, examination and appeals, litigation support, manufacturing tax and accounting, passive activity issues and retirement planning. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting) from Idaho State University.

By joining Eide Bailly, KYG becomes part of a strong infrastructure that encompasses audit and tax services, human resources, communications, business development, corporate learning, leadership development and technology, providing greater stability and a succession strategy that comes with a larger firm.

In addition, Hawkins says she is excited about the additional opportunities the KYG staff will have. “The larger, combined firm gives our staff the ability to actively participate in their career development and the opportunity to specialize in an industry or service area. Eide Bailly’s culture was certainly a key deciding factor in our decision to join the firm.” Ranked by nationally-known Vault as No. 5 in its list of “Best 20 Firms to Work For,” Eide Bailly’s people-focused culture is what makes it the firm of choice for more than 1,200 professionals.

About Eide Bailly LLP
Eide Bailly provides tax, audit and accounting services, as well consulting services, corporate learning, employee benefits, financial services, forensic accounting and investigative services and technology consulting. In addition to its expanded Boise location, the Firm has offices located in Phoenix, Ariz.; Boulder, Denver, Frisco, Golden, Grand Junction and Vail, Colo.; Dubuque, Iowa; Madelia, Mankato and Minneapolis, Minn.; Billings, Mont.; Fargo and Bismarck, N.D.; Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., and Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, S.D.

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