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.”