CPA firm joins nationwide association

Published 6:00 am Monday, February 7, 2005

The Mississippi CPA firm of Smith, Turner and Reeves (ST&R)has joined BDO Seidman Alliance, a nationwide association of 140independently owned local and regional accounting and consultingfirms.

“This association is a win-win for both the firm and ourclients,” said Jon C. Turner, CPA, managing partner for Smith,Turner and Reeves. “We can utilize the alliance’s many technicalresources and professionals, but remain locally owned andautonomous. Also, as more business explore opportunities bothdomestically and internationally, the BDO Seidman Alliance offersus a way to assist our clients with their expansion plans.”

ST&R is ranked as the fifth largest CPA firm in Mississippi,according to a January 24 edition of the Mississippi BusinessJournal. The company recently opened a Brookhaven office and hasother locations in Jackson, Oxford and Natchez. ST&R enteredthe Brookhaven and Natchez area market this past fall through themerger of the 30 year old Gillon & Company, Ltd. CPA firm,headed by William H. “Billy” Gillon, CPA.

Manager-in-charge of the Brookhaven office, Andy Montgomery,CPA, added the affiliation allows Smith, Turner & Reeves toaccess the resources and technical knowledge of BDO Seidman LLP andits international organization – the sixth largest CPA firm in theworld – with the overall purpose of more completely servicing itsclients.

“Our overriding commitment remains providing clients the bestCPA value around, and delivering it in a personal way,” saidMontgomery. “The BDO Seidman Alliance enhances our capabilitiesthrough the access to their products, services and personnel on adomestic and international basis and to customized state-of-the-arttechnology and internal training programs. Additionally, we formrelationships with 140 similar size locally owned CPA firms acrossthe country.

“We are already utilizing the resources of the alliance withrespect to Sarbanes Oxley compliance services, tax strategies,public offerings and specific industry experience. Thisrelationship allows us to compete with any regional or nationalfirm which may have a presence in our area, while maintaining thepersonal and business relationship which exists with our firm.”

ST&R opened for business in 1974, as did the former Gillonfirm, and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The 55-personstaff includes 30 CPAs, 10 of whom are equity partners.

“We, at BDO Seidman, LLP, are pleased to accept Smith, Turner& Reeves into the BDO Seidman Alliance,” said Michael G.O’Hare, BDO Seidman, LLP Partner and Executive Director of AllianceServices. “We believe that ST&R shares BDO Seidman LLP’sdedication to exemplary client service and is a leader amongMississippi CPA firms.”

BDO Seidman, LLP serves clients through more than 35 offices and175 alliance firm locations nationwide. As a member firm of BDOInternational, BDO Seidman serves clients by leveraging a globaldistribution network of resources comprised of more than 590 memberfirm offices in 99 countries.