CRI merges in Wm. F. Horne & Company

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Carr, Riggs & Ingram has increased its presence in Mississippi by adding Wm. F. Horne & Company.

The firm, based in Enterprise, Alabama, is adding an office in Laurel with the deal along with the one it already has in Jackson, Mississippi. Financial terms were not disclosed. CRI ranked 20th on Accounting Today’s 2019 list of the Top 100 Firms, with $305.97 million in annual revenue. CRI now operates in 29 markets across 10 states, with the addition of the Wm. F. Horne office to its locations. CRI has more than 300 partners and over 1,900 staff members. Wm. F. Horne & Co. is adding 19 people to the CRI team, five of whom are partners.

“Increasing our footprint in Mississippi is an important part of our growth strategy,” said CRI chairman and managing partner William H. Carr in a statement. “The Wm. F. Horne & Company office in Laurel coupled with our current Jackson office leverages the alliance of our combined teams and resources to enhance our client service delivery and technical expertise, while further establishing our strength in the state.”

Last year, CRI expanded its presence in Florida by adding Shinn & Company, a firm with offices in Bradenton and Sarasota. CRI did a number of mergers in 2017, including two in Atlanta, with AGH LLC and Babush, Neiman, Kornman & Johnson LLP. It also added Rayburn Fitzgerald in the Nashville area, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal in South Florida, and RPC CPAs + Consultants, LLP in New Mexico and Texas.

Koltin Consulting Group CEO Allan D. Koltin advised both firms on the merger. “CRI continues their magical journey of becoming one of the southeast region’s powerhouse firms, as well as one of the fastest growing first-generation firms in the country,” he stated. “Their innovation, culture, and great leadership continue to be a major draw for firms looking for additional depth and resources. Wm. F. Horne is one of the most respected and successful CPA firms in the state of Mississippi and is known for its great talent and client service. This combination should produce great results and growth throughout the state.”

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