Jackson Thornton Acquires CPA Firm in Kansas City

Ned Sheffield

Montgomery, Ala.-based Jackson Thornton (FY17 net revenue of $28.9 million) announced the acquisition of Kevin S. Kelso, CPA, PC, PA, of Kansas City, Kan., serves utilities clients throughout the Midwest and Southwest.

This addition, effective Sept. 1, brings Jackson Thornton to more than 200 employees, serving clients from seven offices in Alabama, Tennessee and Kansas.

The merger will offer Kelso’s clients expanded depth of services while maintaining the personalized service for which the firm is known. Kevin Kelso joined the firm in 1993, then known as R.L. Quint, CPA, and purchased it as sole shareholder in 2015 and renamed it.

“The addition of Kelso to the Jackson Thornton family gives our utilities clients across the nation even greater access to our professionals and services,” says Ned Sheffield, president and MP of Jackson Thornton. “At the same time, it gives our new clients a depth of experience and resources they haven’t had before. The people they know and trust are now backed by teams of people offering a diverse array of expertise. We’re excited about this expansion and believe that this is a natural fit for both firms.”

Kevin Kelso says, “Our focus has always been to develop client relationships based on trust and personal attention. Jackson Thornton has the same philosophy and we look forward to growing and enhancing our practice together.”