CLA Merges In Two Firms in Wisconsin and California

Minneapolis-based CliftonLarsonAllen (FY14 net revenue of $599 million) has merged in two firms: Milwaukee-based Titus and Stanislawski & Harrison CPAs of Pasadena, Calif. Both firms joined CLA effective Dec. 1.

Recognized as a leader in the financial world, the Titus team brings more than 14 years of experience. Titus enjoys a strong Midwest reputation for co-sourced and outsourced internal audit, IT audit, finance, accounting and tax special projects. As for Stanislawski & Harrison (S&H), its team of 45+ establishes a CLA Pasadena presence, and will remain in its current location to continue to serve clients locally and nationally.

“Welcoming the Titus team enhances our capabilities in strategic custom accounting and internal audit service offerings for public, private and nonprofit entities, and adds key talent in this geography,” says CLA OMP Todd Craft. “Together, we can provide deeper support, resources and industry specialization to our clients today and into the future.”

“We have been approached in the past to combine with other firms, but we declined, as there wasn’t the cultural fit that we need to prosper. CLA is different,” says Titus President and CEO Scott Seefeld. “Their culture of impact revolves around three concepts: leadership, ownership and entrepreneurship. This culture means all of us are empowered to support our clients’ goals to help positively impact their success.”

CLA is modeling a unique approach to serving clients. Bringing clients the capabilities they want and need – when they need them – requires a team with diverse skills that operates on trust and empowerment. Deepening outsourcing capabilities alongside Titus positions CLA to continue to flex and adapt to serve clients, whatever the need, the firm says in an announcement. Titus will operate as CLA from the existing CLA Milwaukee and Chicago offices.

S&H Managing Director Greg Stanislawski says that the S&H team develops very close working relationships with clients and then, after understanding the clients’ goals, finds solutions to help get them there. He adds, “Bright ideas are the firm’s standard operating procedure, developing proactive approaches that offer advantages for the long-term economics while meeting our clients’ immediate needs as well.”

“It’s clear that Greg and his team have a passion to help people,” says CLA Chief Practice Officer Scott Dietzen. “As CLA expands to California, together we solidify our message – we are here to help our clients throughout their journey, beside them at every step.”

Gary L. Adamson, president of Adamson Advisory who advised both firms on the combination, comments, “The culture fit was what got the deal done. The S&H team was looking for a firm focused on the middle market with a menu of services to help them grow in Los Angeles and Southern California. CLA has the bench strength in the key industries served by S&H, and brought the people focus and the career paths that S&H wanted for its team. It also has a very entrepreneurial approach to running its offices and the firm. We talked with several top 25 firms interested in the LA market and felt that CLA was the perfect fit for the S&H clients and team.”