Barnes Dennig and Gauthier & Kimmerling to Join Together

Cincinnati-based Barnes Dennig (FY14 net revenue of $15.7 million) is acquiring Gauthier & Kimmerling of Indianapolis, effective Jan. 1.

The combination will help Gauthier & Kimmerling to provide broader resources to their clients and expand Barnes Dennig’s footprint in the tri-state region.

The combined firm will operate under the name Barnes Dennig. Projected total employee count will be 150. In its 50th anniversary year, Barnes Dennig was named an IPA Top 200 firm. This is the firm’s first office in Indiana. Barnes Dennig currently has offices in northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati.

“We know the additional resources they provide will help our clients solve more challenges and will provide them with more ideas,” says Kathy Ahearn, partner with Gauthier & Kimmerling. “People are the key to providing exceptional client service and this combination gives us more horsepower to train, recruit and retain our great people.”

With the combination, Barnes Dennig will have a director group numbering 21. The three principals of Gauthier & Kimmerling, Ahearn, Jeff Kimmerling and Eric Harber, will become Barnes Dennig directors and will remain in Indianapolis.

Barnes Dennig offers an array of services for closely held businesses and non-profit organizations. Specialized services include international tax and business services, employee benefit plan auditing, tax consulting, business valuations, fraud/forensic accounting, IT auditing and other services. The firm possesses special expertise in the manufacturing, wholesale-distribution, construction, non-profit, health care and service sectors. Gauthier & Kimmerling, founded in 1991, has special expertise in not-for-profit, health care, HUD and Section 42 low-income housing tax credits.

The combination of the two firms strengthens the market position of the combined entity and gives Barnes Dennig the critical mass that middle-market companies and large non-profits look for in service providers, the firm announced.

MP Steven Hube told the Indianapolis Business Journal that it’s been eyeing the “thriving metropolis” of Indianapolis for about 18 months. “In order to provide the depth of services to meet our middle-market clients, it’s all about talent, and the Indiana office provided [several] areas of expertise.”