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Two well-respected CPA firms based in Delaware and Chester Counties have announced their intention to merge, it was announced today. Steger Gowie & Co. will merge with Merves Amon & Barsz on July 1, and the new firm, which will have 35 employees, will be known as Barsz Gowie Amon & Fultz, LLC.
Both firms have deep roots and connections in Delaware County, with offices in Media and Chadds Ford. The newly merged firm will stretch from Delaware County well into Chester County, Lancaster County, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and south to Delaware and DC and beyond. Ira Rosenbloom of Optimum Strategies was the strategic advisor to both parties, working with them to make their vision a reality.
“The leadership from both firms has long respected the work of the other,” said Bill Gowie, Managing Partner of the new firm. “We are bringing together two well-respected firms, each complementing the work of the other, and providing the community with strong, competent leadership in tax, auditing, accounting, and business planning services.”
Steger Gowie built its reputation through its expert business planning services. The principals are skilled at working with clients throughout the lifecycle of a business – from start-up through growth and even to a sale or a leadership transition. The partners are known for their excellence in handling operational and accounting challenges often encountered by a business.
Merves Amon & Barsz is known for its expertise in audit, accounting, tax, and management consulting services. The firm’s leadership has developed considerable knowledge in Pennsylvania and Federal campaign finance laws and compliance. The partners consider themselves “general practitioners” and have held to the belief that independent and unbiased advice is the best way to build their business. Their clientele include governments, municipal entities, businesses (both for profit and not-for-profit), individuals, and political campaigns and committees.
“Steger Gowie and Merves Amon & Barsz have been long time members and friends of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce,” said Trish McFarland, Chamber President. “The merger of the two firms will be great for our business community and we look forward to their continued success and partnership as Barsz Gowie Amon & Fultz, LLC. “
Barsz Gowie Amon & Fultz will continue to provide a full complement of auditing and accounting and tax services to its clients who will benefit from a more diversified range of professional services offered.
“This is an exciting, important event for our employees, our clients and our community,” said Peter Barsz, Partner. “We see this merger as one which will enhance opportunities for Delaware County and beyond as we more firmly plant our roots and establish ourselves as a leader in our industry, serving the businesses, families, and organizations we’ve served for so long throughout the region.”