Skoda Minotti has merged with the Tampa, Fla.-based national assurance solutions and compliance company Assurance Concepts LLC.

The merger has resulted in the formation of a new entity: Assurance Concepts, A Skoda Minotti Advisory Firm.

Ben Osbrach, former president of Assurance Concepts, is now a partner with Skoda Minotti and will be based in Skoda Minotti’s Tampa office.

“Skoda Minotti provided a unique partner opportunity that enables us to expand our services, increase our national footprint and align with a company of similar values and goals,” Osbrach said in a statement. “With quality of service our most important objective, we determined that merging our companies allows us to amplify our service levels for current and future clients. This was just a great fit.”

The merger will combine the expertise of two established advisory firms to offer a total complement of information, security, risk advisory and technology services.

Skoda Minotti provides HIPAA/HITECH compliance, SSAE 16 and Service Organization Control audits. Assurance Concepts’ premier services include Payment Card Industry compliance, ISO 27001-27002 assessments, government auditing and penetration testing.

“Merging Assurance Concepts with Skoda Minotti allows us to deliver even more risk advisory services to our clients,” Skoda Minotti chairman Gregory Skoda said in a statement. “We are always looking for strong strategic partnerships that support our vision for growth and expansion, and this merger made perfect business sense. The continued expansion of our specialty services—from technology and security to strategic marketing and professional staffing—greatly enhances our core accounting and tax practice in addition to our advisory offerings nationwide.”

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