Bob Barnes, Accounting Firm Founder, Dies

Bob Barnes

Bob Barnes

Bob Barnes, who co-founded Barnes Dennig (FY13 net revenue of $13.4 million) of Cincinnati, died Oct. 22 at age 92, according to The Cincinnati Business Courier.

Barnes co-founded the firm with Al Dennig in 1965. He ran the firm until he retired in 1987.

“Some people are always the center of the party, and Bob was that,” says Bill Cloppert, who worked with Barnes for 14 years and succeeded him as MP, running the firm until 2011. “He was very much a people person. But he was a super client server. His clients loved him and so did his employees.”

Barnes and Dennig started the firm because they didn’t feel they were treated right as employees at their prior firm, Cloppert said. They vowed that would never be a problem at Barnes Dennig, and it wasn’t.

“Take care of clients and take care of employees, and everything else will take care of itself,” says Cloppert. “They made that part of the culture, and it still is. He had such integrity with his clients. To me, he was a partner, a mentor and almost like a father to me.”