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M&L CPAs to Merge With Adams Brown Beran & Ball

Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball (FY18 net revenue of $24.2 million) announced that Wichita, Kan.-based M&L CPAs, will become part of ABBB, expanding the firm’s Kansas presence to 15 offices.

The combined firm will now have 32 professional staff and a total staff of 46 in Wichita. Total employees in the firm will grow to 205. M&L CPAs also has an office in El Dorado, Kan.

“We have identified key growth areas for the firm, and Wichita is one of those areas,” says MP Brian Staats. “This increased presence will allow us to help more businesses within our industry specialties with customized solutions.”

With all the changes happening within the CPA industry, M&L recognized the need to put itself in a position to better help its clients with deeper solutions.

“There is a lot of synergy between our firms,” says Sam Seward, founding shareholder of M&L. “Together, we are a much stronger firm in terms of what we can offer to businesses, as well as to our team members.”

All current M&L shareholders ­– Seward, Curtis Dean and Arlen Hamilton – will be joining the firm’s leadership team.

“Over the years, other firms have reached out to us about a possible merger,” Seward says. “We always said ‘no,’ but we really like ABBB’s dedication to the Wichita market and its commitment to serving smaller communities like El Dorado. We are confident this is a good fit, allowing us to continue serving our clients while providing new opportunities to our team.”

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Adams Brown Beran & Ball Announces New Equity Partners

Brett Henry

Brett Henry

Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball (FY17 net revenue of $20.9 million) announced that Brett Henry, Meagan Wellbrock and Julie Wondra have been admitted to the partnership group.

Henry joined the ABBB team in 2006 and previously served as a principal. As a partner, Henry will continue consulting with a variety of clients. He is a member of the firm’s construction industry and CFO service line teams. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is a member of the AICPA and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA), where he graduated from KSCPA’s “20 up to 40” leadership program.

Meagan Wellbrock

Meagan Wellbrock

Wellbrock began her career at ABBB as an intern and joined the firm full-time in 2007. As the audit and attestation (A&A) service line leader, she focuses on providing A&A services, managing a variety of audit engagements, and consulting on managerial and operational concerns. She holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. She serves on the KSCPA Audit and Assurance Tax Force. Wellbrock was named the AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Emerging Leader in 2015 and has graduated from both the AICPA Leadership Academy and the KSCPA’s “20 up to 40” leadership program.

Julie Wondra

Julie Wondra

Wondra will continue serving a variety of clients, leading the firm’s manufacturing industry team, and serving as the firm’s Affordable Care Act specialist. After two years at a Big 4 accounting firm in Kansas City, she joined the ABBB team as a staff accountant in 2008. Wondra is the 2013 recipient of the AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Emerging Leader award. In addition, she is a graduate of the KSCPA’s “20 up to 40” leadership program and Leadership McPherson.

Adams Brown Beran & Ball Welcomes New Principal

Jessica Dennis

Jessica Dennis

Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball (FY16 net revenue of $18.2 million) welcomed Jessica Dennis as a firm principal.

Dennis joined ABBB in 2004 and works in the tax department, providing tax and accounting services to clients in a variety of industries. Dennis also chairs the firm’s tax advisory board and co-leads the firm’s tax service line.

“Congratulations to Jessica on this significant achievement,” says Brian Staats, MP.  “We look forward to our future success as a result of her leadership, determination, and technical expertise.”

Adams Brown Beran & Ball Promotes Henry to Principal

Brett Henry

Brett Henry

Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball (FY16 net revenue of $18.2 million) promoted Brett Henry principal.

“Brett’s hard work and dedication has distinguished him at the firm,” says Brian Staats, MP “We congratulate him on this significant achievement.”

In his new role, Henry will continue assisting clients with their tax and accounting needs. He will also specialize in tax work for the oil and gas industries, specifically long-term tax planning designed to help companies increase cash flow. Additionally, he serves as the firm’s energy (oil and gas) segment leader. He has been with the firm since 2006 and previously served as a senior manager.

Adams Brown Beran & Ball Senior Manager Promoted to Principal

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan

Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball (FY14 net revenue of $15.8 million) announced that Michelle Ryan has been admitted as principal in the firm.

“Over the years, Michelle has demonstrated the leadership, motivation, people skills and financial expertise necessary to be a strong leader for our firm,” says Brian Staats, MP at Adams Brown Beran & Ball. “These traits, paired with her vision and true compassion for our team, make Michelle an ideal candidate for principal. I am confident in her abilities and I look forward to our growth and success as a result of her influence.”

Ryan, previously a senior manager, joined the firm in 2008. Outside of her client responsibilities, she has managed the Colby, Kan., office operations since 2013. Within the firm, Ryan also directs the new CFO service line and serves on the marketing advisory board. She is a participant in the partner in training program and is a LEAD Academy Alumni and current sponsor for the program.

Adams Brown Beran & Ball Admits New Partner

Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson

Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball (FY14 net revenue of $15.8 million) has admitted Ben Wilson to the partnership, effective Jan. 1.

“Ben’s vision and strong commitment to serving our clients make him an ideal candidate for partner,” says Brian Staats, MP at Adams Brown Beran & Ball. “I am confident in Ben’s abilities and look forward to our future success as a result of his influence.”

Wilson, previously a principal, began his career at Adams Brown Beran & Ball in 2009. In addition to his client responsibilities, he manages the operations of the firm’s Wichita office.

Kansas Firm ABBB Takes On Sanborn & Daughters

Great Bend-Kan.-based Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball (FY12 net revenues of $14 million), plans to merge with Sanborn & Daughters of Hutchinson, Kan., effective July 1, the Wichita Eagle reported.

L.L. Sanborn and Stefanie A. Sanborn-Miller will join ABBB in its Hutchinson office. ABBB has offices in 13 Kansas communities. Sanborn established L.L. Sanborn, chartered in 1975. Stefanie A. Sanborn-Miller joined the firm in 1991, and the name of the firm was changed to Sanborn & Daughters in 1995. ABBB was founded in 1945.

IPA 200 Firm Expands Reach in Arkansas with Acquisition

Looking to expand its geographic reach and deepen its construction industry specialty, Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball, Chtd., an IPA 200 firm, has acquired the Jonesboro, Ark., branch of EGP, PLLC.

The branch will be led by partner Mark Burnett, who will also serve as construction team leader. All six individuals in the former EGP Jonesboro office, including branch co-leader Ron George, have joined Adams Brown.

“Our deep industry experience will be expanded with this addition to the firm,” says Adams Brown MP Brian Staats. “We are excited to have Mark help drive our strategic direction in the construction space at the same time we expand our geographic footprint into Arkansas.”

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ABBB Partner Named Experienced Leader of the Year

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan, partner at Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball Chtd. (FY16 net revenue of $18.2 million) has been named the recipient of the Woman to Watch Experienced Leader award, given by the AICPA and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).

“Michelle’s dedication to the firm and her community exemplify her as a Woman to Watch Experienced Leader,” says Brian Staats, MP at ABBB. “Congratulations to Michelle on this prestigious accomplishment. We are honored to have her on our team!”

The Woman to Watch Experienced Leader award recognizes those who have established their roles as leaders in their organizations by advancing to the highest levels of management or ownership and by mentoring those following in their footsteps.

Ryan reviews business, individual and estate tax returns, and consults on a variety of tax planning issues, including business consulting, new entity setup, retirement and succession planning. In addition, she leads the firm’s CFO/Virtual Back Office Service Line and manages the firm’s Colby and Atwood office operations.

ABBB Acquires Wichita CPA Firm

Great Bend, Kan.-based Adams Brown Beran & Ball (ABBB) (FY15 net revenue of $16.5 million) and Wichita, Kan.-based Hiebert & Decker CPAs have announced their plans for a merger.

Effective Nov. 1, Hiebert & Decker will be recognized as Adams Brown Beran & Ball.

“We view this merger as a significant benefit for all of our clients and employees,” says Ben Wilson, PIC of ABBB’s Wichita office. “Combining our resources and knowledge base is a tremendous win for our clients.”

Hiebert & Decker was founded in 1973. The firm provides a wide range of services for individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, trusts and estates.

“Our first priority has always been to provide the best service possible to our clients. We feel confident this merger enhances our ability to fulfill this objective,” says Bob Decker, partner at Hiebert & Decker.

The merged practices will be located in the current ABBB facility in Wichita. ABBB provides traditional and non-traditional CPA and consulting services to clients throughout Kansas, including agriculture  organizations, construction companies, feed yards, financial institutions, governmental and not-for-profit organizations, manufacturers, medical practices, oil and gas companies, professional service firms, real estate companies and small businesses. Founded in 1945, the firm maintains 13 office locations throughout the state.