INSIDE Public Accounting announces its annual Best of the Best Firms

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INSIDE Public Accounting’s Best of the Best Firm’s recognition honors 25 firms annually for their wise management and superior operational performance in fiscal and management metrics based on over 50 criteria. Another 25 firms are recognized with designations as Best of the Best Honorable Mentions. IPA applies its proprietary scoring system to rank all participating firms, eliminating any geographic advantages of major metropolitan areas versus smaller cities. 

This is the 16th year INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) has named the best-managed accounting firms. There are 245 firms participating in this year’s IPA Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms. Each of the firms is eligible for the IPA Best of the Best and Best of the Best Honorable Mention designation, regardless of size.

“Best of the Best firms represent the top 25 accounting firms in the nation who each demonstrate the right combination of vision, planning, and execution to deliver superior performance,” said Michael Platt, principal of the Platt Group and publisher of INSIDE Public Accounting. “Firms who earn this designation are tops in their field, and represent the best of what the accounting profession has to offer.”

The 2009 Best of the Best and Best of the Best Honorable Mention firms range in size from $3 million to $168 million; represent all regions of the country; some firms are heavily focused on audits, some on tax, and several derive up to 40 percent of their revenues from non-traditional services.

Eleven of the 50 firms are from the West, 11 firms are from the Plains and Southwest; six are located in the Great Lakes region, 16 firms make up the Atlantic and Southeast region, and six firms are located in the Northeast.

“The success of these firms is a tribute to the leadership of all of the firms recognized this year as a Best of the Best and Best of the Best Honorable Mention. Their stellar performance defies economic trends by recognizing the long-term goals that are needed in order to sustain growth through both prosperous times and down times.” Said Kelly Platt, principal of the Platt Group and publisher of INSIDE Public Accounting. “We salute all of these firms and recognize their overall management strategies as models that the profession can be quite proud of.”

Revenue growth of this group in the most recent fiscal year averaged 13 percent, compared to their peers at 7 percent. Income growth averaged 10.4 percent, significantly higher than the average of all firms at 4.3 percent. These firms carefully weave together benefit packages, staff salaries, expense management, staff leverage, training, strategic planning, investments in their future, and the right feedback systems to accelerate growth and success of their firms.

The 2009 25-Best of the Best Firms, listed in alphabetical order:

Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, McLean, Va.

Armanino McKenna, San Ramon, Calif. 

Aronson & Company, Rockville, Md.

Burr Pilger Mayer, San Francisco

Clark Nuber, Bellevue, Wash.

Corbett, Duncan & Hubly, Itasca, Ill.

Detweiler, Hershey & Assoc., Souderton, Pa.

Frazier & Deeter, Atlanta Frost, PLLC, Little Rock, Ark. 

Gollob, Morgan, Peddy & Co., Tyler, Texas 

Grassi & Co., Lake Success, N.Y. 

Hein & Associates, Denver, Colorado

Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt, Santa Monica, Calif. 

Johnson Lambert & Co., Falls Church, Va.

Lane Gorman Trubitt, Dallas, Texas

Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, Miami, Florida

Novogradac & Company, San Francisco, Calif.

Padgett, Stratemann & Co., San Antonio, Texas

Rothstein Kass, Roseland, N.J.

SC&H Group, Sparks, Md.

Seiler LLP, Redwood City, Calif.

T R Moore & Company, Houston, Texas

Thompson Dunavant, Memphis, Tenn

Whitley Penn, Fort Worth, Texas

Yount, Hyde & Barbour, Winchester, Va.

Regional Best of The Best CPA Firms Revealed

INSIDE Public Accounting is also honored to announce the 2009 Five Best-Managed Accounting Firms by Region – a distinction that truly separates these firms from their competitors in their geographic marketplace.

The Best of the Best Firms in the Northeast:

Amper, Politziner & Mattia / Edison, N.J.

Detweiler, Hershey & Assoc. / Souderton, Pa.

Feeley & Driscoll / Boston, Mass.

Grassi & Co. / Lake Success, N.Y.

Rothstein Kass / Roseland, N.J.

The Best of the Best Firms in the Atlantic/Southeast:

Argy, Wiltse & Robinson / McLean, Va.

Aronson & Company / Rockville, Md.

SC&H Group / Sparks, Md.

Thompson Dunavant / Memphis, Tenn.

Yount, Hyde & Barbour / Winchester, Va.

The Best of the Best Firms in the Great Lakes:

Blackman Kallick / Chicago, Ill,

Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co. / Middletown, Ohio

Corbett, Duncan & Hubly / Itasca, Ill.

Katz, Sapper & Miller / Indianapolis

SS&G Financial Services, Inc. / Cleveland

The Best of the Best Firms in the Great Plains:

Frost, PLLC / Little Rock, Ark.

Gollob, Morgan, Peddy & Co. / Tyler, Texas

Lane Gorman Trubitt / Dallas

T R Moore & Company / Houston

Whitley Penn / Fort Worth, Texas

The Best of the Best Firms in the West:

Armanino McKenna / San Ramon, Calif.

Clark Nuber / Bellevue, Wash.

Hein & Associates / Denver

Holthouse Carlin and Van Trigt / Santa Monica, Calif.

Novogradac & Company / San Francisco

For a more detailed look at the IPA Best of the Best, the Honorable Mentions and the Best of the Best by Region, including charts, graphs, and more analysis, please visit:

IPA also ranks the Top 100 Accounting Firms in the nation. To view the complete list of the 2009 IPA Top 100 firms, go to: .

For more information on the INSIDE Public Accounting’s Annual National CPA Firm Benchmarking Report, go to: .

About INSIDE Public Accounting

IPA was founded in 1987, and is published by The Platt Group. Michael Platt and Kelly Platt are the principals of The Platt Group, located in Carmel, Indiana. INSIDE Public Accounting is a monthly newsletter which reports and analyzes the news, trends, strategies and politics that affect the nation’s public accounting firms, providing them with the information and resources they need to compete and operate more profitably.

You may order complete copies of the IPA Best of the Best, All-Stars or Top 100 firm issues, reprint information and pricing: (317) 733-1920; [email protected].

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