By: Richard Crist—
Longstanding public accounting and advisory firms, Whitinger & Company LLC, and Greene Inc. today announced they have executed a definitive agreement whereby Merrill Greene CPA, LLC dba Greene, Inc. will merge with Whitinger & Company LLC to expand and enhance the professional services the two firms provide. The merger will be effective November 1, 2015.
Founded in 1930 with offices in Muncie and Fishers, Whitinger & Company is recognized as one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Indiana by meeting the accounting, tax and advisory needs of their clients for more than 85 years. Whitinger & Company associates provide a wide variety of services including; Accounting, Audit & Compliance, Business Valuation, Estate Planning, and Tax Advisory & Compliance Services. Additionally, firm affiliates provide Financial Advisory Services (Whitinger Financial Advisors) and Business Development Services (Whitinger Strategic Services).
Greene, Inc., is a widely respected firm that has developed a reputation for providing outstanding professional services to clients primarily in East Central Indiana since 1979. The firm specializes in accounting and tax services for individuals and small businesses. With the merger, Whitinger & Company adds an accomplished team of professionals that will further strengthen its growing position throughout Indiana. The combination will provide Greene, Inc. professionals with expanded resources and specialization to help deliver business results for clients.
“A merger with Greene, Inc. is another step in fulfilling our strategic initiatives including our commitment to provide exceptional service and value for our clients,” stated Whitinger & Company Managing Member, Linn Crull. “Merrill’s firm has a strong reputation and an established track record of success, and we were pleased that our firms share common values of quality and personal service. By combining our two highly complementary organizations and leveraging our talented teams, we’ll capitalize on new growth opportunities with current and future clients. We will become an even more valuable resource to a wide range of clients seeking traditional accounting services as well as an innovative mix of specialized services and business consulting acumen,” Crull added.
“We are very proud of the history of our firm. We also recognize that the next logical step is to merge with a highly respected firm that would enable us to expand services to our clients and opportunities for our team members,” said Merrill Greene. “Our clients can look forward to working with a growing firm while keeping the value, local points-of-contact and exceptional client service to which they’ve become accustomed,” Greene added.
All current staff members from Greene, Inc. will be joining Whitinger & Company effective November 1st. The combined firm will consist of nearly forty professionals with extraordinary strength in core services such as accounting, auditing, tax planning and preparation, and bookkeeping for institutional and individual clients. This merger will also enhance the firm’s specialty services such as specialized tax consultation, business valuation, fraud and forensic accounting, estate planning, business consulting and financial planning services.
The merged practice will operate out of three offices until next spring including Greene’s Muncie office (708 W. White River Blvd., Muncie, IN) and Whitinger’s two offices in Muncie (1100 W. White River Blvd., Muncie, IN) and Fishers (8411 Fishers Centre Drive, Fishers, IN). For more information about Whitinger & Company, visit their website at www.whitinger.com.
Richard Crist is COO of Whitinger & Company LLC