Carr, Riggs & Ingram, a strong Southeastern accounting and business consulting firm headquartered here, has fortified its presence in the Alabama and Florida markets, merging with local Birmingham-based Mackle, Splawn, Tindall & McDonald, and Weathersby, D'Aoust, Harris & Lynn of Panama City, Fla.The mergers became effective Oct. 1. Terms were not disclosed.

The unions boost Carr Riggs' equity partner total to 33 and its office locations to 12 throughout the Southeast.

The Mackle Splawn marriage gives Carr Riggs penetration in the Birmingham market, while the firm said that Weathersby D'Aoust's location in Panama City would be merged with CRI's existing office there. Brian Barksdale of Mackle Splawn will serve as managing partner of CRI's Birmingham unit, while Mike Scott of Weathersby D'Aoust will oversee the Panama City office.

CRI ranked No. 46 on Accounting Today's 2004 Top 100 Firms roster with revenues of $30.5 million.

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