IPA Unveils The 2015 Pyramid Awards

Smith & Howard MP John Lucht

Smith & Howard MP John Lucht

INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) recognized three 2015 Best of the Best firms with Pyramid Awards at the fifth annual PRIME Symposium, Nov. 2-4, in Indianapolis. The recipients are: Smith & Howard of Atlanta, Houston-based Calvetti Ferguson and Denver-based Hein & Associates.

Smith & Howard is the recipient of IPA’s “Pyramid of Excellence” award for the second consecutive year. This high-performing firm scored No. 1 among the elite 50 Best of the Best Firms selected by IPA. The rankings are based on data from the 25th annual IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms, which covers finances and operations in dozens of areas. Smith & Howard is listed at No. 129 on the IPA 200, a list of the nation’s largest accounting firms.

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Jim Calvetti, Calvetti Ferguson

Calvetti Ferguson is receiving the fifth annual IPA Best of the Best “Fastest-Growing Pyramid Award.” With an impressive 68.01% growth rate, with no mergers to boost that number, the firm has seen continued success in a tentative economic environment. In 2014, Calvetti Ferguson also was named a Best of the Best Under $5 Million and a Fastest-Growing firm in this group.

Hein & Associates is receiving the fifth annual IPA Best of the Best “Pyramid Award” this year. Hein & Associates debuted on the IPA Best of the Best list in 1995, and has been named a Best of the Best firm 14 times during that time span, 12 consecutively. Hein & Associates is an IPA 100 firm, listed at No. 63 this year.

IPA’s independent ranking of the nation’s best-managed firms is one of the highest honors within the profession today.

Hein COO James Winton

Hein COO James Winton

Selections were based on responses from more than 500 accounting firms on over 70 metrics. The IPA Best of the Best firms come in all sizes and are geographically dispersed across the U.S. They demonstrate long-term consistency and exceptional performance, regardless of outside factors. This is IPA’s 21st year ranking Best of the Best firms.