Porte Brown LLC has expanded its presence in the Chicago area by merging in Borhart Spellmeyer & Company LLC, a firm based in the suburb of Elgin.

The deal took effect December 1. Borhart Spellmeyer was founded in 1989 by partners Len Borhart and Robert Spellmeyer and has mostly serviced small businesses in the Fox Valley and Chicago environs.

“We have known the professionals of Borhart Spellmeyer for a very long time,” said Porte Brown managing partner Bruce Jones in a statement. “In fact, we were both part of the same best practices group and realized early on we had a lot of similar philosophies in our approach to client service and a shared emphasis on professional development. This is a great opportunity to bring together some of the best multi-disciplinary professionals in our field and leverage their talents to the advantage of our clients.”

Porte Brown, based in Elk Grove Village, Ill., ranked 20th on Accounting Today’s 2016 Regional Leaders list for the Top Firms in the Great Lakes region, with $21.7 million in annual revenue. Last year, the firm merged in another firm in the Chicago area, Alliant Advisors.

Managing partner Bruce Jones in Porte Brown lobby
Courtesy: Porte Brown

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Michael Cohn

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Michael Cohn, editor-in-chief of AccountingToday.com, has been covering business and technology for a variety of publications since 1985.