IPA Recognizes Two Best Of The Best Firms At The Inaugural PRIME Symposium

IPA is proud to recognize Fort Worth, Texas-based Whitley Penn (net revenue of $32.1 million) and Houston-based MaloneBailey (net revenue of $14.3 million) for their outstanding management performance, reflected in the 2011 IPA Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms.

IPA’s annual Best of the Best recognition honors firms for their wise management and superior operational performance on more than 50 criteria. More than 400 firms participated in this year’s IPA Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms.

For 18 years, IPA has named the Best of the Best firms – those firms that have turned in exceptional performance, regardless of outside factors. In any economy – up or down – clues for what to do, where to focus and how to practice can be found in the IPA Best of the Best.

The Platt Group and IPA presented Whitley Penn with the IPA Best of the Best “Pyramid Award” for overall outstanding performance at the inaugural PRIME Symposium in Indianapolis last month. Whitley Penn is the only firm to be named to the list for 10 consecutive years. MP Larry Autrey accepted the award.

Whitley Penn also scored the highest marks possible in the IPA Best of the Best category, coming in No. 1 of the 50 firms highlighted in the September 2011 issue of IPA. The firm was also was named a top five Best of the Best in the Great Plains region.

Autrey was named an “IPA Most Admired Peer” by survey respondents this year. The firm debuted on the IPA 100 firms in 2010 and is currently ranked No. 88 in the nation, based on net revenues.

MaloneBailey’s founding partner and SEC practice leader, John Malone accepted the IPA Best of the Best “Fastest-Growing Award” during The PRIME Symposium ceremony.

MaloneBailey’s growth, 43%, is a testimony to the firm’s commitment to stellar performance and firm specialization. Not only did the firm debut in 2011 as the Best of the Best Fastest-Growing firm in the nation, it also ranked No. 1 in the following IPA Fastest-Growing firms lists: ‘Beyond the IPA

100’ Fastest-Growing Firms, the All-Star Five Fastest-Growing Firms in the Great Plains region, and All-Star Five Fastest-Growing Firms by Net Revenue ($10 million-$15 million).

“The success of these firms is a tribute to their leadership. Their performance defies economic trends by recognizing the long-term goals that are needed in order to sustain growth through both prosperous times and down times,” says Kelly Platt, managing editor and publisher of IPA. “We salute both of these firms and recognize their overall management strategies as models that the profession can be quite proud of.”