Regional CPA firm Eide Bailly plans to merge in Arizona CPA firm Beckman & Kunkin on Nov. 2.

Beckman & Kunkin shareholders Howard Beckman, Adam Kunkin and the rest of their team will join Eide Bailly and continue to operate from their Scottsdale location under the Eide Bailly name, raising Eide Bailly’s Arizona staff count to 72. Eide Bailly clients in the region will now be served by two locations in the Phoenix metro area.

“We’ve always been a client-focused firm, and that won’t change with this union,” said Beckman in a statement. “But the ever-changing complexity of today’s business landscape makes it harder for smaller firms to maintain all the best practices. Joining Eide Bailly will help us continue our same quality of client service while also expanding the solutions we can offer clients. It’s going to be an incredible resource for our staff to be able to pick up the phone and call any one of the hundreds of Eide Bailly professionals who can help provide a roadmap for clients with unique situations.”

Beckman said his firm looked seriously at combining with several other firms, but Eide Bailly stood out as the best fit from a cultural standpoint.

Adding Beckman & Kunkin will strengthen Eide Bailly’s commitment to being a top accounting firm in the region, according to Andy Spillum, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Phoenix office.

“Beckman & Kunkin will bring even more depth to our real estate and tax practices in the valley, as well as firm wide,” Spillum said in a statement. “Likewise, Beckman & Kunkin’s clients will now have access to a deeper line of services to help them make confident business decisions, including a full line of audit & assurance services, tax services, including international tax, state and local tax, cost segregation studies, and research and development tax credits, as well a service specialties like technology services, forensics and valuation, and wealth management services.”

Eide Bailly ranked 20th on Accounting Today’s 2015 list of the Top 100 Firms. “We are committed to improving our ability to serve our clients, and one of those ways is by adding quality firms like Beckman & Kunkin,” said Eide Bailly managing partner and CEO Dave Stende. “We’re always interested in adding talented firms when it means we not only strengthen our existing practice, but also strengthen the ability for local businesses to succeed. We’re excited to add Beckman & Kunkin into the Eide Bailly family.”

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