BDO Makes Inroads in Seattle Area with Peterson Sullivan Merger

Chicago-based BDO USA (FY19 net revenue of $1.64 billion) is acquiring Peterson Sullivan of Seattle, marking further expansion into the Pacific Northwest with 175 staff, including partners. The deal should be complete Nov. 1.

Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA, says the addition is part of the targeted growth strategy of the firm, which is ranked No. 7 on the 2019 IPA 100 list. “Peterson Sullivan and BDO share common values – believing strongly that an exceptional culture with exceptional people results in an exceptional client experience.”

Chris Russell

Peterson Sullivan (FY18 net revenue of $31.9 million), founded in 1953, serves clients in a variety of industries, including auto dealerships, construction, hospitality and consumer products, life sciences, manufacturing, nonprofit, professional services, real estate and technology.

“Peterson Sullivan has built our reputation over the last 65 years by providing exceptional client service and developing deep connections within the community,” says MP Chris Russell. “In joining BDO, our clients will continue to receive the personalized and responsive attention they have come to expect, now with enhanced access to more specialized services, broader industry expertise, and BDO’s extensive global network.”

Russell will continue his focus on the region’s business and civic communities as the market MP for BDO in Seattle. Michael Reeves and Bob Filip will continue in their respective roles as BDO’s assurance and tax managing partners for the combined Seattle practice.

“BDO has fueled its tremendous growth by combining with entrepreneurial and successful CPA firms that not only complement their service offerings and culture, but add value for their clients,” says Allan Koltin, CEO of Koltin Consulting Group, who advised both firms on the combination. “Peterson Sullivan garnered interest from many national and mega-regional firms. Ultimately, they felt BDO provided their partners and associates with a great playbook and platform to expand services to their clients.”

BDO plans to consolidate its offices into the current Peterson Sullivan location. In the interim, the firm will maintain two offices.

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