Two Dixon Hughes Groups Break Off And Form Independent Firms

According to the Charleston Regional Business Journal, two groups that DH acquired in 2006 have gone solo, Gamble Givens and Moody and Pratt-Thomas and Gumb.

 Two groups formerly associated with the DH firm have launched their own independent local firms. Brian Moody, former MP of DH’s Charleston office [and former MP of the merged firm Gamble Givens and Moody], left DH in June to found Moody CPAs and Advisors with two former DH staff.

Dixon Hughes Academy, a management consulting group that had been an affiliate of DH, also separated in June. The group, led by Fred Rappaport, re-launched as Associated Management Services Inc., an independent accounting and management services firm. AMS was affiliated with GG and M before the merger in 2006.

“From a personal standpoint I really became an administrator,” Moody says. “I spent a lot of time on HR and budgets. What I enjoy doing is practicing accounting.”

Rappaport says his company’s split with DH came primarily because of the federal laws prohibiting a CPA firm from providing both auditing and management services for a company. Conflicts related to that law limited his company’s business as an affiliate of DH, he says. “Actually being independent allows Dixon Hughes and myself to work at a higher level,” Rappaport says.

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