Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (June 9, 2004) -- The GriggsGroup CPAs, an accounting and business consulting firm here, has merged with the Jacksonville, Fla.-based tax firm of Criss & Associates, effective July 31.

Following the completion of the merger, Criss & Associates will rebrand itself as The GriggsGroup CPAs. The new entity will have four partners and a total of 30 employees and will be among the 10 largest CPA firms in the Northeast Florida region with revenues in the $3 million-to-$4 million range.

“We saw some good opportunities in the review and audit area and we thought we could bring them into the fold with relatively little overlap,” GriggsGroup CPAs managing partner Eric N. Griggs told WebCPA. “It’s difficult to find local firms who do that type of complex-quality tax work that allows us offer high-level services in a local firm setting.”

Eric Griggs formed GriggsGroup in March 2004, after leaving his post as a senior manager at Jacksonville-based Ennis, Pellum & Griggs.

GriggsGroup CPAs services such client niches as construction, distribution, real estate development and manufacturing. The firm is also a member of the BDO Seidman Alliance.

-- Bill Carlino

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