Whitlock Company to Acquire RPA CPAs

Springfield, Mo.-based The Whitlock Company (TWC) has reached a deal to acquire RPA CPAs of Fairway, Kan.

The acquisition will expand TWC’s consulting services and build on their community bank expertise. The combined banking practice will serve more than 175 community banks throughout the U.S., the firms announced.

RPA President Matt Radetic will be director of merger and acquisition consulting services for community banks. TWC partner Tom Beisner will continue to be the community bank practice leader. RPA adds deep consulting expertise, including merger and acquisition services, compliance services and bank secrecy act services. RPA adds 20 employees, including four partners, to TWC.

“The single, stronger practice that will result from this acquisition will better position us to assist community banks across the country,” Beisner says. “RPA’s single focus of working with community banks will not only triple the size of our banking practice but also add a depth of services we weren’t able to offer in the past, like compliance, merger and acquisition assistance and regulatory filings.”

TWC has an office in Overland Park, Kan., managed by Chuck McCann, who was a founder of Mayer Hoffman McCann, and served for more than 10 years as the firm’s first MP. RPA and TWC will continue to operate in the Kansas marketplace and will eventually merge offices with about 22 employees.