Cincinnati-based Barnes Dennig has expanded its tri-state footprint by combining with Indianapolis-based Gauthier & Kimmerling, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

The combined firm, which will operate under the Barnes Dennig name, is expected to have 150 employees and 21 directors. Gauthier & Kimmerling principals Jeff Kimmerling, Kathy Ahearn and Eric Harber will become directors, and will remain in Indianapolis.

“We’re honored to welcome the professionals of Gauthier & Kimmerling to Barnes Dennig,” said Barnes Dennig managing director Steven Hube in a statement.  “For 24 years, the people of G&K have been building a quality-driven and innovative practice. We are excited to work with them and we know the two firms will be better together.”

“We’re excited to combine with Barnes Dennig. We know the additional resources they provide will help our clients solve more challenges and will provide them with more ideas,” noted Kathy Ahearn. “People are the key to providing exceptional client service and this combination gives us more horsepower to train, recruit and retain our great people.”

“Being a multi-office firm with offices in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana extends our footprint so we can meet the evolving needs of our clients,” commented Ahearn.  “We’ll continue to bring great ideas, insights and innovations to our clients and now we’ll have even more resources to do it with,” she added.

Barnes Dennig offers a wide range of services to closely held businesses and nonprofit organizations, including international tax and business services, employee benefit plan auditing, tax consulting, business valuations, fraud/forensic accounting, IT auditing and other services. The firm also serves high-net-worth individuals with tax, wealth and estate planning services. It is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Gauthier & Kimmerling, founded in 1991, has special expertise in not-for-profit, health care, HUD, and Section 42 low-income housing tax credits.

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