BKD Expands Into Arizona with Acquisition

Springfield, Mo.-based IPA 100 firm BKD LLP (FY21 net revenue of $758.1 million) is merging in Schmidt Westergard of Mesa, Ariz.

“BKD is intentional about growing wisely, so we carefully look for firms that are a strong strategic and cultural fit when making such moves,” says BKD CEO Tom Watson. “Arizona has long been a target for BKD, and I’m confident the team at Schmidt Westergard is the right fit as we grow once again.”

Founded in 1968, Schmidt Westergard provides tax, audit, accounting and business advisory services. As part of the deal, four partners, one managing director and approximately 30 staff members of the firm will join BKD, with current Schmidt Westergard MP Lynn Westergard serving as BKD’s market leader in Phoenix.

“This partnership reflects our commitment to provide enhanced and rewarding career opportunities for our team members and our passion for better serving our clients,” says Westergard. “By joining forces, we also gain access to new and exciting solutions for our clients and BKD’s national presence in our niche industries.”

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