CBIZ Sells Wichita Office to Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd

Cleveland-based CBIZ (FY14 net revenue of $600 million) has sold its Wichita, Kan., office to McPherson, Kan.-based Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd.

Steven Gerard, chairman and CEO of CBIZ, says, “The relatively small size of our Wichita accounting office did not provide us with sufficient scale to grow in this market. We believe this transaction provides all parties with a positive outcome.”

The office will remain in its current location, and Debbie Sauer has become a principal while Anne Downing and Debbie Coan have become partners, the Wichita Eagle reported. All three formerly worked for CBIZ.

The Wichita office was founded as Poore Dameron in the 1970s but became affiliated with CBIZ beginning in 1998, Sauer says. “We were looking for a return to local control. We initiated the conversation. They were looking to be in the Wichita market, and they have some local clients here already, so it was just a good fit,” she says.

The Wichita office has 18 to 20 staff members and offers a range of public accounting services, such as audit, taxes, tax planning and consulting, and estate and trust returns.

We are excited about the opportunities this acquisition will create for our team and our clients,” says SJHL MP Chet Buchman in a statement. “Our goal is to work with clients in a different capacity; our passion lies in helping clients get from where they are, to where they want to be.”

SJHL offers accounting, tax, payroll, attest, consulting, wealth management and other services. The combined firm will include 65 people.