Businesses gain access to national resources
TULSA, OK — Sartain Fischbein & Company, one of the largest local independent CPA firms in Oklahoma, will become part of Eide Bailly LLP, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, on June 1, 2015. Sartain Fischbein brings six partners and 32 staff members to Eide Bailly, one of the top 25 CPA firms in the nation, giving the firm a total of 26 offices in 12 states and raising its professional count to 1,600, which includes 236 partners. After combining practices, the Tulsa office will be comprised of 9 partners and approximately 60 staff members.
“We have been friendly competitors and enjoyed a great working relationship with Sartain Fischbein for many years. Because businesses require and need more services, it makes good business sense to combine our practices,” Dave Stende, managing partner/CEO of Eide Bailly said. Eide Bailly currently has offices in Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa. “By adding Sartain Fischbein to our Tulsa practice, we will strengthen our overall presence in Oklahoma and the surrounding regions, and be able to help even more businesses.” According to Stende, Eide Bailly is known for its small firm/large firm approach to service. “As a regional firm, we have a personal, respectful approach to service and, at the same time, we offer ‘big four’ business solutions for our clients,” Stende explained. “Our clients appreciate this. They appreciate the Eide Bailly Difference.”
Tom Goekeler, managing partner of Sartain Fischbein, says he believes this is a positive step for his firm for several reasons. “By joining forces with Eide Bailly, we are able to significantly expand our line of services for clients – and bring them services we have had to outsource in the past. Additionally, the combination of our practices will strengthen our current business segments, which include automobile dealerships, telecommunications and financial institutions. Eide Bailly provides significant services and expertise in these industries, which will enhance our ability to provide solutions for our clients in these areas. They also have significant resources in forensics, valuations, transaction services, technology and much more. What’s exciting is that we will be able to take care of virtually any client need through Eide Bailly’s expansive network of talent,” he said. “I look forward to all the conversations we’ll have with our clients regarding these new opportunities.”
Goekeler also believes that joining Eide Bailly will create more opportunities for his staff to specialize and take on leadership roles. “Eide Bailly is well-known for encouraging its staff to grow professionally and personally. Leadership opportunities, coupled with their strong training programs, will give our staff a chance to further develop their careers,” Goekeler said.
Goekeler will serve as the partner-in-charge of the combined Tulsa office, which will include four Eide Bailly partners: Dan Cunningham, Janice Wilburn, Jeff Cullison and Tom Ritchie; and five additional partners from Sartain Fischbein: Kevin Fite, Dan Neale, Gregory Taylor, Michael Thornberry and Brian Tims.
About Eide Bailly LLP
Eide Bailly provides 44,000 clients across the nation with core services of audit & assurance and tax, as well as expanded services, including accounting services, cost segregation, employee benefits, enterprise risk management, financial services, forensic & valuation, health care reform, international services, technology consulting, transaction services and wealth management. Eide Bailly has offices located in Phoenix, Ariz.; Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Golden, Grand Junction, Frisco and Vail, Colorado; Boise, Idaho; Dubuque, Iowa; Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Mankato and Minneapolis, Minn.; Billings, Mont.; Reno, Nev.; Bismarck, Fargo and Williston, N.D.; Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, S.D; Ogden and Salt Lake City; Utah; and Spokane, Wash.
About Sartain Fischbein & Company
Founded in 1951, is one of Tulsa’s largest local, independent certified public accounting firms. Sartain Fischbein provides a full range of services including accounting, auditing, tax, litigation support, business valuation, and management consulting.