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PKF International Welcomes New CEO

James Hickey

PKF International has announced that James Hickey will be the new CEO. Hickey will be replacing John Sim, who has led the association for 6 years.

Hickey is an inspirational leader with a wealth of expertise in achieving high growth within mid-tier accounting and law firms around the world. Hickey served as CEO of the Alliott Group since November 2012.

When asked about his understanding of the changing dynamics in the accounting world, Hickey says, “Those firms that think like accountants and lawyers when they strategize for their tomorrow will simply not have a tomorrow. Whether it be AI, mergers, changes in regulations or any of the other market disrupters, professional service firms need to be open minded to new delivery models to maintain a relevance within their respective markets.” He continued, “At the core of PKFI’s tomorrow has to be the right digital strategy. But this must represent an extension of who we are. If we adapt with integrity always preserving our belief that ours is a network of trusted business advisors and build strategic digital value into this offering – then the potential for expansion and deeper relationships will be phenomenal.”

PKF International Welcomes Member Firm in Florida

PKF International announced that Miami-based Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants (FY17 net revenue of $57.9 million) has renewed its membership with the PKF network of independent accounting firms.

Berkowitz Pollack Brant is a past member of the PKF network and saw great value from the ability to develop relationships with members firms around the globe.  Berkowitz Pollack Brant will serve as a resource to international firms with clients in the U.S. and its multi-national client base will benefit from on-the-ground resources in important countries around the world.

Joseph Saka, CEO of Berkowitz Pollack Brant, says, “We appreciate the opportunity to rejoin our friends at PKF. There are many business synergies between firms in the network and what we can offer from South Florida and New York.”

PKF International Welcomes New Member Firm in Canada

PKF International announced that Calgary, Alberta-based PFC Accounting has joined PKF International.

PFC offers a wide range of accounting and tax services to mid-market in Western Canada. PFC also provides Management and IT Consulting services to large public companies in Canada and the U.S. They have a particular expertise in assurance and management consulting of oil and gas exploration, oilfield services, construction and steel industries, non-profit organizations, real estate, and tech sector.

“We are very pleased to be part of the PKF International network,” says Erkin Atakhanov, MP. “The relationships we are now forming, both nationally and internationally, will be instrumental in assisting our clients whose growth objectives go beyond their local borders. We will also be well positioned to provide a variety of services to support PKF’s multinational clients who have operations and/or planning to expand in Canada.”

John Sim, CEO of PKF International, added, “We are pleased to welcome PFC Accounting to the PKF family as we continue to expand and strengthen the PKF brand. PFC Accounting fits well with our value proposition of quality with integrity, and also meets our strategic objective. PFC is an important cornerstone firm as we continue to build PKF International’s presence in North America.”

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PKF International welcomes new member firm in Canada

PKF International announced that Calgary, Alberta-based PFC Accounting has joined PKF International.

PFC offers a wide range of accounting and tax services to mid-market in Western Canada. PFC also provides Management and IT Consulting services to large public companies in Canada and the U.S. They have a particular expertise in assurance and management consulting of oil and gas exploration, oilfield services, construction and steel industries, non-profit organizations, real estate, and tech sector.

“We are very pleased to be part of the PKF International network,” says Erkin Atakhanov, MP. “The relationships we are now forming, both nationally and internationally, will be instrumental in assisting our clients whose growth objectives go beyond their local borders. We will also be well positioned to provide a variety of services to support PKF’s multinational clients who have operations and/or planning to expand in Canada.”

John Sim, CEO of PKF International, added, “We are pleased to welcome PFC Accounting to the PKF family as we continue to expand and strengthen the PKF brand. PFC Accounting fits well with our value proposition of quality with integrity, and also meets our strategic objective. PFC is an important cornerstone firm as we continue to build PKF International’s presence in North America.”

Hutchinson and Bloodgood Joins PKF International

Glendale, Calif.-based Hutchinson and Bloodgood (FY16 net revenue of $27.3 million) is now a member of the association PKF International.

Hutchinson and Bloodgood has prior experience with the PKF network and saw great value from this relationship. The firm works with many multinational clients and the alliance with PKF International will enable Hutchinson and Bloodgood to better support these clients.

“We are committed to producing quality work by going the extra mile to achieve great results for our clients. We have seen significant growth over the years with an increasing number of international clients. PKF is a respected and widely recognized brand in global accountancy and together we will be able to better serve these clients,” says Richard Preciado, MP of Hutchinson and Bloodgood.

“We are delighted that Hutchinson and Bloodgood will continue to be a part of PKF in North America. They are a highly respected accounting firm with numerous international clients. They are just the type of firm we want as part of our practice. They are dynamic and ambitious with an emphasis on quality,” says John Sim, CEO of PKF International.

PKF International Announces JLK Rosenberger as New Member

PKF International announced the addition of Irvine, Calif.-based JLK Rosenberger (FY16 net revenue of $8.8 million) as a new member firm in North America.

“With a global network of over 400 offices operating in 150 countries across five regions, our PKF membership strengthens our clients’ opportunities as they expand their businesses into international markets,” says Mike French, MP of JLK Rosenberger.

“This addition is a valuable continuation of our strategic plan to develop in the key economic centers of Los Angeles and Dallas. JLK Rosenberger demonstrates specialized industry knowledge, attentive service and a comprehensive understanding of the value of the PKF brand,” says John Sim, CEO of PKF International.

PKF International Announces New US Member EKS&H

Denver-based EKS&H (FY16 net revenue of $99.6 million) has become the newest PKF International firm in the U.S.

“Nearly 40 years ago EKS&H was founded on the highest level of commitment to collaborative client service. The result has been sustained growth and strong relationships,” says Bob Hottman, EKS&H CEO.

“Our collaboration will inform critical guidance we provide to clients doing business around the world,” says Dave Steiner, EKS&H chairman.

“This addition to our membership expansion in North America will continue to drive our global strategy. With a robust international client base and established relationships with PKF firms around the globe, EKS&H will flourish within our global markets,” says John Sim, CEO of PKF International.

PKF International Welcomes Mueller & Co.

PKF International welcomed Elgin, Ill.-based Mueller & Co. (FY16 net revenue of $15.4 million) as a member firm.

The signing was held at the PKF EMEI regional meeting in Brussels. The signing was attended by Dave Nissen, MP of the firm, Amy Chamoun, tax partner at Mueller, John Sim, CEO of PKF, Sebastian Wolhdorf, chairman of PKF, and Carolyn Morgan, PKF NA regional director.

Mueller & Co. delivers a full range of tax, assurance, accounting and financial advisory services. They work with many multinational clients and see great value from a relationship with the PKF International network, and are confident that they will grow their international reach through their alliance with PKF.

“We are very pleased to be part of the PKF International network. The relationships we are now forming both nationally and internationally will be instrumental in assisting our clients whose growth objectives go beyond their local borders. We will also be well positioned to provide a variety of services to support international firms who are interested in expanding globally, specifically in the Midwest,” says Nissen.

“With their impressive international client base and a strong local market reputation, they are an important part of our global strategy. PKF Mueller is an important cornerstone firm as we continue to build PKF International’s presence in North America,” says Sim.

Frazier & Deeter Joins PKF International

PKF International welcomes the signing of Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY15 net revenue of $66.9 million), an IPA 100 and Best of the Best firm, to re-join its global network of independent firms.

Frazier & Deeter, also a member of CPAmerica, has prior experience with the PKF network. The firm works with many multinational clients, and the alliance with PKF International will enable Frazier & Deeter to better support these clients, the association announced.

MP Seth McDaniel says, “We are committed to producing quality work by going the extra mile to achieve great results for our clients. Frazier & Deeter has grown significantly over the years, and by re-joining PKF we will be able to better serve our clients across the U.S. and internationally. Renewing our PKF relationship will also help to open doors for us.”

Frazier & Deeter has more than 300 professionals in five offices in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. It delivers a range of tax, assurance, accounting and advisory services, and launched one of the largest CPA-based wealth management firms, SignatureFD, in 1998. It also introduced FD Fund Administration, a subsidiary firm that provides outsourced fund administration services, and FD Real Asset Advisors, a firm that assists with real estate and other project financing.

John Sim, CEO of PKF International, says, “As one of the fastest-growing, highly respected accounting firms in the U.S., they are just the type of firm we wanted as our Southeast regional anchor practice. Seth McDaniel, Sean Lager and Bill Godshall have made significant contributions to the PKF network over the years and we look forward to that continuing.”

PKF has 15 offices in the U.S. “This is a cornerstone in our quest to restructure our North American presence, which is an important part of our global strategy to strengthen our ability to provide solutions to countless clients of PKF members around the globe,” says Sebastian Wohldorf, chairman of PKF International.

New York-based Eisner joins PKF International

The Board of PKF, headquartered in London, has approved the formal application of New York-based Eisner (FY09 net revenue of $133.2 million) to join the PKF network. Simultaneous with the vote of the PKFI Board, Eisner also joined PKF North America (PKF NA), an association of independent accounting firms throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Eisner MP, Charles Weinstein says, “Eisner conducted substantial research and we determined that the PKF network was a great fit for us. Our new relationship with PKFI is all about client service as we share our resources and plan together with other PKF member firms to achieve significant growth.”

Eisner had been associated with Baker Tilly International.

PKF North America Partners with INSIDE Public Accounting to Provide Comprehensive Benchmarking Services to Member Firms

PKF North America has selected INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) to collect, analyze and report on the financial and operational well-being of its member firms.

IPA is nationally known for its Survey and Analysis of Firms, which attracts more than 550 participating accounting firms annually. The collected data is then analyzed to determine IPA’s rankings of largest accounting firms in the country, IPA’s Best of the Best firms and IPA’s award-winning National Accounting Firm Benchmarking Report. Additionally, accounting associations tap IPA to specifically survey member firms for the purpose of information sharing and benchmarking.

PKF North America, which represents 30 offices in the U.S., joins the following international associations that use IPA for their benchmarking services: CPAmerica, DFK, INPACT, Leading Edge Global, Moore NA and PrimeGlobal. PKF North America is part of PKF International, a global association of more than 200 independent firms in 150+ countries.

“PKF members learn from each other in so many ways, and this is one more tool they can use to improve their operations. Information from the survey can go a long way toward giving member firms a clearer picture of where they stand compared to others and where they can improve,” says Carolyn Morgan, Regional Director for PKF’s North America Region.

IPA Publisher Mike Platt says, “Firm leaders have trusted IPA to collect sensitive financial information for more than 30 years and they turn to the insights and analysis that result from the surveys to help make better decisions for the firm. We look forward to bringing that focused value to PKF and their member firms.”

If your association would like to learn how IPA can bring its decades of data collection, analysis and benchmarking expertise to benefit your members firms, please contact IPA at survey@plattgroupllc.com.

PKF International Ltd. is a global network of legally independent firms providing high quality audit, accounting, tax and business advisory solutions.

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