Accounting Firms to See Milestones in ‘13

by Serenah McKay  on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 8:59 am  

Two of the largest accounting firms in Northwest Arkansas will mark significant anniversaries in the coming year. Both companies have offices in Rogers and Fort Smith, and say close collaboration between these locations has contributed to their longevity.

BKD LLP, a national firm based in Springfield, Mo., was founded in 1923, making 2013 its 90th year in business. BKD’s Fort Smith location, which opened about 1968, was one of its earliest branch offices, said Don DeSoto, the partner at the Fort Smith office.

On the other hand, the firm’s Rogers office is among its newest. Mark Lundy opened the Rogers location in 2009 when he and several members of the Lundy Allard firm joined BKD, bringing about $1.2 million in revenue with them.

“It’s the smartest thing I ever did,” Lundy said about joining BKD. “The amount of expertise that’s just really a phone call away, it’s just unbelievable to me, and how helpful everybody is.”

The firm now has 19 professional staff between the Rogers and Fort Smith locations, including 13 CPAs.

Also observing a big anniversary next year is Beall Barclay & Co. PLC, a homegrown firm stemming from a marriage of businesses in Rogers and Fort Smith.

Beall (pronounced bell) Barclay topped this year’s Northwest Arkansas Business Journal list of largest accounting firms, with 47 professional staff members including 27 CPAs. It also has six professionals in its wealth management division, which was started in July 2002.

Staff from both BKD and Beall Barclay say their respective offices in Rogers and Fort Smith naturally make for a regional approach, and make possible a sharing of personnel and expertise to better serve the needs of all of Northwest Arkansas.


Joining Forces

BKD stands for Baird Kurtz Dobson — three men who originally marketed their practice to miners in Pittsburg, Kan., Lundy said.

In 2001, the firm merged with Olive LLP of Indianapolis.



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