Baer & Co. Joins K·Coe Isom

Salina, Kan.-based K·Coe Isom (FY16 net revenue of $61 million) has acquired Baer & Co., which offices in Jackson and Columbia, Mo.

Jeff Baer and Dana Steffens are principals of K·Coe Isom, and all 23 employees are now K·Coe Isom employees. Jackson and Columbia became K·Coe Isom’s first Missouri offices, bridging the nearest locations in Lenexa, Kan., (a Kansas City suburb) and Oxford, Miss.

“Baer & Co. people instantly felt like a natural fit within our team, and we saw and felt this even more when we were all together two weeks ago. We have a shared passion for helping people, especially ag producers, beverage distributors and contractors,” says Jeff Wald, K·Coe Isom’s CEO. “Jeff Baer is a dynamic leader proven to think out of the box and committed to growth.”

Baer & Co was originally founded in 1995 by Baer and three employees. Through mostly organic growth and eventually an acquisition of a Columbia, Mo., firm in 2009, Baer & Co has become the firm it is today.

“I’ve always been growth focused,” says Baer. “About a year ago, I started appreciating how integrating with like-minded K·Coe Isom permitted us to be so much better together. It’s a pleasure to now be able to bring rich specialty service offerings to our clients such as estate, succession, sustainability and farm program services. I’m also eager to meet and work with many more businesses in Missouri and surrounding states having our larger K·Coe team helping to fulfill business-owners’ financial needs and growth dreams.”