California

Haskell & White Acquires Castle & Co.

Details: Haskell & White, one of Southern California’s largest independently owned accounting, auditing and tax consulting firms, has expanded its leadership team to include a tax veteran. 

Steve Castle, a CPA with a broad range of clients from Phoenix to Seattle, has joined Haskell & White as its newest tax partner. He will work out of the firm’s Irvine, Calif., headquarters and handle various business consulting and tax services.

“Joining Haskell & White was the perfect next step for my career and for my clients,” Castle said in a statement. “As my clients’ businesses grow, their need for additional services increases. The relaxed, yet focused, culture produces a wonderful working environment where I can provide my clients with the broad range of services of a larger firm while maintaining personalized relationships with each client.”

Castle previously owned a consulting and accounting firm, where he worked with closely held companies for more than 12 years. He will continue to serve his clients, who will now have the additional resources of Haskell & White’s audit and business advisory services team.

Florida

Goldstein Schechter Koch Merges in Ribotsky, Levine & Starman, CPAs

Details: Goldstein Schechter Koch is building its footprint in South Florida, adding Ribotsky, Levine & Starman, CPAs, in Miami.

GSK, based in Coral Gables, Fla., is adding 12 RLS professionals, including partner Elliott W. Starman, according to the South Florida Business Journal. They will mostly move to GSK’s Fort Lauderdale office, but GSK will retain RLS’s satellite office in Miami.

GSK has about 140 staff in its four offices across South Florida.

Ohio

Blue & Co. Adds Fleming, Brockschmidt & Durkin

Details: Blue & Co. is expanding its presence in Cincinnati by merging in Fleming, Brockschmidt & Durkin, effective January 1.

Four partners from Fleming will be joining Blue as part of the deal, including managing partner Bob Findley, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

In July, Blue, based in Carmel, Ind., entered the Cincinnati market by merging in Ossege Combs and Mann. The firm will have 362 people in 10 offices after the latest merger.

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