Charlotte, N.C.-based accounting firms BGW CPA and Hawkins Conrad & Co. have combined. The newly merged firm will continue as BGW CPA and include more than 50 professionals in offices around the Carolinas.

“I have known and respected the Hawkins Conrad team for years and have tremendous admiration for the firm they’ve built and the way they serve their clients,” Adam Boatsman, co-owner of BGW CPA, told the Charlotte Business Journal. “Aligning our firms gives the additional leverage we both need to serve our clients better and offer a broader service experience.”

The combination, which the firms told the Charlotte Business Journal they have been working on for a year and a half, will help BGW expand into new markets, reduce some expenses, and add a presence in Myrtle Beach, S.C.