Sartain Fischbein to Join Eide Bailly

Sartain Fischbein & Company of Tulsa, Okla., will become part of Fargo, N.D.-based Eide Bailly LLP (FY14 net revenue of $195.4 million) on June 1. Sartain Fischbein brings six partners and 32 staff members to Eide Bailly, giving the firm a total of 26 offices in 12 states and raising its professional count to 1,600, which includes 236 partners.

“We have been friendly competitors and enjoyed a great working relationship with Sartain Fischbein for many years. Because businesses require and need more services, it makes good business sense to combine our practices,” says Dave Stende, MP/CEO of Eide Bailly. “By adding Sartain Fischbein to our Tulsa practice, we will strengthen our overall presence in Oklahoma and the surrounding regions, and be able to help even more businesses.”

Tom Goekeler, MP of Sartain Fischbein, says he believes this is a positive step for his firm for several reasons. “By joining forces with Eide Bailly, we are able to significantly expand our line of services for clients – and bring them services we have had to outsource in the past. Additionally, the combination of our practices will strengthen our current business segments, which include automobile dealerships, telecommunications and financial institutions.”

Goekeler also believes that joining Eide Bailly will create more opportunities for his staff to specialize and take on leadership roles. “Eide Bailly is well-known for encouraging its staff to grow professionally and personally. Leadership opportunities, coupled with their strong training programs, will give our staff a chance to further develop their careers,” says Goekeler.

Goekeler will serve as the PIC of the combined Tulsa office, which will include four Eide Bailly partners and five additional partners from Sartain Fischbein.