IPA Names Nation’s Best-Managed Accounting Firms

INSIDE Public Accounting named 25 public accounting firms from across the country as the nation’s best-managed accounting firms for 2004, based on fiscal and management performance. (See list below.)

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The firms, featured in the October 2004 issue of INSIDE Public Accounting, range in size from $267 million to less than $2 million in net revenue. They cover diverse geographic locations, stretching from New England to the Pacific coast. Size and geographic location are not criteria for inclusion on the list.

IPA’s best-managed accounting firms are selected from the hundreds of firms that participate in the publication’s annual survey of accounting firms. The selections are based on more than 30 criteria that serve as commonly accepted indicators of great management of accounting firms. They include (but aren’t limited to) revenue growth, profitability and profitability growth, human resources and staff issues, management of resources and rewards to owners.

IPA selects the nation’s 25 best-managed accounting firms annually and refers to them as IPA’s “Best of the Best.” The publication also selected 25 firms as “Best Of The Best Honorable Mentions,” which serve as runners-up and complete IPA’s 2004 list of the 50 best managed firms in the nation. The full list of IPA’s “Best of the Best” can be found at www.hudsonsawyer.com.

“We use a rigorous process for selecting the 25 best-managed accounting firms. This designation is one of the most elite honors an accounting firm can receive, because it’s based entirely on fiscal and operational performance,” said Julie Lindy, editor of INSIDE Public Accounting. Added Martha Sawyer, publisher of INSIDE Public Accounting, “The management standards and performance of these 25 firms are second to none among accounting firms nationwide. It’s our pleasure to bestow this distinctive and prestigious honor on each of them. They truly represent the best of the best in the realm of accounting firm management.”

INSIDE Public Accounting

2004 Best of The Best
America’s Best Firms Based on Fiscal and Management Performance

Net Rev.
Offices Chief
Aronson & Co.; Rockville, MD $29,500,000 17-150 1 Lisa J. Cines
Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant; Miami, FL $24,883,997 12-126 2 Richard A. Berkowitz
Clark Nuber; Bellevue, WA $16,699,085 13-108 1 David Katri
Crowe Group; Indianapolis, IN $267,677,936 170-1,533 19 Mark L. Hilderbrand
Doeren Mayhew; Troy, MI $31,200,000 20-170 2 Mark A. Crawford
Feeley & Driscoll; Boston, MA $16,436,969 13-91 1 Thomas M. Feeley
GBQ Partners; Columbus, OH $11,002,421 9-80 1 Wade M. Kozich
G.T. Reilly & Co.; Milton, MA $5,000,000 5-30 1 Anthony Smeriglio
Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer; New York $9,590,000 11-40 2 Steven L. Marcus
Gifford Hillegass & Ingwersen; Atlanta, GA $10,663,596 9-60 1 Dick Ingwersen
Gramkow Carnevale Seifert & Co.; Oradell, NJ $5,210,369 7-24 1 Ted Carnevale
Harb Levy & Weiland; San Francisco $10,553,191 11-56 1 John Williamson
Kaufman, Rossin & Co.; Miami, FL $29,230,000 23-163 4 James R. Kaufman
Kuebler Prudhomme & Co.; Temecula, CA $1,970,062 2-11 2 Joseph J. Kueber
Marcum & Kliegman; Woodbury, NJ $45,690,153 25-222 5 Jeffrey M. Weiner
Miller Grossbard & Associates; Houston, TX $2,764,254 2-16 1 Russell J. Miller
Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Co.; Miami, FL $24,000,000 15-131 3 Antonio L. Argiz
Novogradac & Co.; San Francisco, CA $19,735,490 10-148 6 Michael J. Novogradac
Reznick Group; Bethesda, MD $90,069,096 52-591 5 Ken Baggett
Seiler & Co.; Redwood City, CA $19,032,000 11-112 2 James DeMartini III
Sellers Richardson et al.; Birmingham, AL $5,588,855 6-26 1 James L. Richardson
Vitale, Caturano & Co.; Boston, MA $30,200,000 26-215 1 Richard Caturano
Whitley Penn; Hurst, TX $11,010,946 9-64 3 Larry Autrey
WithumSmith+Brown; Princeton, NJ $31,055,000 32-170 7 Ivan C. Brown
Windes & McClaughry; Long Beach, CA $14,867,000 13-93 1 Jack E. Hinsche

2004 Best of The Best Honorable Mentions
America’s Best Firms Based on Fiscal and Management Performance

Net Rev.
Offices Chief
Anchin Block& Anchin; New York $42,600,000 41-202 1 James Anchin
Argy Wiltse & Robinson McLean, VA $16,480,735 10-87 1 Paul J. Argy
Armanino McKenna; San Ramon, CA $19,156,560 17-111 2 Joseph F. Moore
Baden Gage & Schroeder; Fort Wayne, IN $15,346,920 8-129 4 Ronald E. Baden
Bederson & Co.; West Orange, NJ $9,946,354 11-74 1 Mark Mazza
Beers & Cutler; Vienna, VA $24,600,000 16-183 2 Ed Offerdinger
Blue & Co.; Indianapolis, IN $22,280,999 17-128 7 James Lienhoop
Blum Shapiro & Co.; West Hartford, CT $18,638,611 24-127 1 Carl R. Johnson
Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman; Denver, CO $17,751,216 17-119 1 Robert Hottman
Eisner; New York $73,161,000 61-380 3 Richard Eisner
Frank Rimerman & Co.; Palo Alto, CA $28,356,751 16-119 3 Bryan C. Polster
Friedman Alpren & Green; New York $25,342,000 20-146 2 Bruce A. Madnick
Frazier & Deeter; Atlanta, GA $10,916,182 11-72 2 David A. Deeter
Gainer Donnelly & Desroches; Houston, TX $8,671,800 8-56 2 Rick Shell
Good Swartz Brown & Berns; Los Angeles, CA $13,811,600 16-90 2 David L. Swartz
Hein + Associates; Denver, CO $21,522,000 20-126 5 Larry Unruh
J.H. Cohn; Roseland, NJ $103,144,000 90-510 9 Thomas J. Marino
Katz, Sapper & Miller; Indianapolis, IN $22,910,000 23-150 1 David Resnick
Mohler, Nixon & Williams; Campbell, CA $18,255,982 20-103 2 Greg Finley
Moore Stephens Frost; Little Rock, AR $12,491,519 8-90 2 Gregory Flesher
Rothstein, Kass & Co.; Roseland, NJ $71,679,000 33-504 8 Harris Rothstein
Skoda Minotti & Co.; Mayfield Village, OH $12,000,000 12-68 1 Gregory J. Skoda
Stout Causey Consulting; Hunt Valley, MD $18,653,280 8-165 8 Thomas E. Stout
Tofias; Boston, MA $22,000,000 22-128 2 Tracy Gallagher
Warren Averett Kimbrough & Marino; Birmingham, AL $18,532,984 25-134 3 James A. Warren

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