Whitley Penn Earns The First-Ever Pyramid of Excellence Award

Indianapolis, Ind. (Nov. 2012) – The Platt Group, publishers of INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), is proud to present Whitley Penn with the prestigious first annual Pyramid of Excellence award. The award was presented Nov. 15 at the 2012 PRIME Symposium in Indianapolis.

Whitley Penn, based in Fort Worth, Texas, ranked No. 1 in IPA’s Best of the Best category in 2011 and 2012. The firm has been named a Best of the Best Firm for a remarkable 12 consecutive years and was named an IPA Best of the Best Fastest-Growing Firm, an IPA Best of the Best By Region, an IPA Top 100 Firm, an IPA Top 100 Fastest-Growing Firm, an IPA Top 100 By Region, an IPA All-Star Firm for Overall Fastest-Growing Firm in the Nation, and an IPA All-Star Firm for Fastest-Growing by Region.

Whitley Penn’s managing partner, Larry Autrey, was named an IPA “Most Admired Peer” in the 2011 survey, which generated more than 400 firm responses nationwide.

Whitley Penn is the first recipient of the Pyramid of Excellence award – designed to recognize public accounting firms whose leadership, operational, financial and firmwide culture are at the pinnacle of the profession. Upon receiving the award, Autrey credited the “other 300 people who do the work who really should get this.”

Best of the Best firms like Whitley Penn represent the best of what the profession has to offer. Each of these firms demonstrates the right combination of vision, planning and execution to deliver superior performance and client service, in any economy.

“For a firm to make the IPA Best of the Best list in any given year is a great accomplishment and a well-deserved recognition of outstanding performance,” says Michael Platt, a principal with The Platt Group. “But for Whitley Penn to have been named a Best of the Best for 12 years puts them in rarified air among the elite of the accounting profession.”

The Platt Group last week hosted the second annual PRIME Symposium, which brought together IPA Best of the Best firm leaders to discuss management practices with small groups of colleagues.

“In working with these firms for many years, we’ve seen what makes them tick,” says Kelly Platt, principal of the Platt Group and publisher of the accounting trade publication, INSIDE Public Accounting. “We launched the symposium so these leaders and others could share their knowledge, best practices and to openly discuss their challenges, experiences, and to ask questions and brainstorm solutions with some of the best minds in the business.”

Many of these firms have been named to the IPA Best of the Best list previously. Of the 50 firms named to the list in 2012, 29 were among this elite group in 2011, and 22 were on the list in 2010. To read the full list of Best of the Best firms, go to http://insidepublicaccounting.com/pages/IPABest.php.