US Accounting Association Adds International Network

The Leading Edge Alliance, a new organization consisting of 25 of America's largest local CPA firms, has entered into a strategic alliance with Kreston International, an international network of independent accounting and consulting practices, headquartered in the United Kingdom.

The agreement provides The Leading Edge Alliance with an international network of 245 firms in 68 countries, while Kreston International gains an expanded U.S. representation through top quality firms in the nation's major markets.

With combined annual revenues exceeding $600 million dollars worldwide, The Leading Edge Alliance/Kreston International partnership creates a major new player within the international accounting community.

"The core purpose of The Leading Edge Alliance is to enhance the competitiveness of large local CPA firms here in the U.S.," said Richard Kretz, Managing Partner of Kostin Ruffkess & Company, LLC, a founding member of The Leading Edge. "The affiliation with Kreston enables The Leading Edge to focus our efforts domestically while providing a strong international network for Alliance member firms to successfully service clients on a global basis."

"The Leading Edge is aggressively pursuing new opportunities to help our member firms grow revenues and increase profitability," said Karen Kehl-Rose, Executive Director of The Leading Edge Alliance. "Many of our firms are developing and implementing new business strategies that find them entering markets in Asia, Europe and South America. This partnership with Kreston will help them better capitalize on those opportunities."

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