Sikich Continues Growth With Two Chicago Acquisitions, One St. Louis Merger

Aurora, Ill.-based Sikich (FY08 net revenue of $43.9 million) acquired two technology companies in January.

Sikich acquired Hal Weinberger Consulting and MAS Consulting, both located in Chicago.

The merger brings total employment at the firm to more than 340, including more than 70 employees in the Springfield, Ill., office. “Growth in this area [Chicago] is a strategic objective of ours, and this helps us toward that goal,” says Jeff Rudolph, the PIC of technology for Sikich.

Sikich also recently annouced the acquisition of the St. Louis area firm of Stelmacki, Cochran & Sauerburger, building Sikich’s presence in the area.

“We presently have a fairly strong presence with our technology people down there, but we found that technology and accounting work very well together,” says MP Jim Sikich.

“We were searching for a quality firm to merge with, and we think Stelmacki is the firm.”

All 19 employees of SCS joined Sikich in January, including SCS partners James Cochran, Richard Provaznik, L. Michael Stelmacki, and David Sauerburgerwhich joined Sikich as partners.

Sikich says his firm has pursued mergers as part of its strategic plan for the past four to five years. “We’re actively seeking mergers in larger Midwestern cities,” he said. “We’re not just accounting. We do strategic mergers in specialty consulting areas where we want to grow.”