Strategic Moves-Mergers

Tifton,GA.–based BowenPhillips LLP has merged with Enterprise Ala.–based Carr,Riggs & Ingram (CRI) (FY10 net revenue of $85.9 million) effective immediately.   Both BowenPhillips offices, located in Tifton and Valdosta, will now operate under the CRI name. The same BowenPhillips team will serve local clients, who will also benefit from additional specialized services and resources provided by the regional CPA firm.

“One of the BowenPhillips philosophies is that ‘Times change; our principles don’t,’” stated Sonny Bowen,managing partner of BowenPhillips, LLP. “We are proud to stand behind that statement as we announce this merger with CRI. Times have changed—requiring efficiencies, resources, and specializations that we, as a part of the regional CPA firm of CRI, are able to provide. And our same team continues to serve our clients and community.”

Fairfax, Va.–based The Burdette Smith Group, P.C, has merged with Tysons Corner, Va.–based, Bish and Haffey, P.C., to form Burdette Smith & Bish LLC.

The merger became effective on January 1 of this year. Burdette Smith had approximately 30 staff members prior to the merger, and has gained about 12 more since the merger. Burdette Smith also has gained two new partners, in addition to the four it had previously. All six are now known as principals. The former members of Bish and Haffey have relocated from Tysons Corner to Burdette Smith’s offices in Fairfax.

The principals at the combined firm had known each other from their involvement in the northern chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs.  The six principals at the Burdette Smith & Bish now include Thomas E. Burdette, Jeffrey A. Smith, Joseph M. English III, Thomas M. Crutchfield, Charles A. Bish and John J. Haffey III.