Regional CPA firm LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors (LaPorte) has announced its intention to merge with Beyer, Stagni & Company (Beyer Stagni) following completion of due diligence procedures by both firms, according to William T. “Ted” Mason, president and CEO of LaPorte. The merger is scheduled to become official on December 1, 2015. The combined firm will operate as LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors. Beyer Stagni’s Houma office will become the fifth LaPorte location, joining existing offices in Metairie, Covington, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas. Beyer Stagni principals Roy M. Beyer, CPA; Arthur E. Stagni, CPA; Pam Fremen, CPA; and Jodie Arceneaux, CPA, will maintain key leadership roles as directors in LaPorte.
With the addition of Beyer Stagni, LaPorte will have a total staff of 180 people and revenue in excess of $25.5 million.
“This merger allows LaPorte to expand our geographic footprint along the Gulf Coast and to increase the reach of our services to clients with locations in Louisiana and Texas,” states Mason. “Beyer Stagni’s location in the heart of Louisiana’s oil and gas region and as Houma’s largest local firm increases our ability to serve existing Tri-Parish clients in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary Parishes and to build on that client base.”
“We are pleased to join LaPorte in this strategic move, which will increase our breadth of client services and provide greater opportunities for our people to develop professionally,” says Roy M. Beyer, a principal of Beyer Stagni. “With LaPorte’s deep resources, we will be able to serve new and existing clients with expanded industry expertise and provide state-of-the-industry technical advice and consulting.” Beyer adds that “the merger with LaPorte, whose culture and commitment are similar to ours, enables us to enhance services to our clients as they face industry and regulatory changes.”
Beyer, Stagni & Company, a full-service tax, accounting, and business consulting firm in Houma, was established in 1988. It provides tax, audit and assurance, and business consulting services primarily to energy service companies, maritime, and automotive dealership clients.
Founded in 1946, LaPorte is one of the leading independent full-service accounting, tax, and business consulting firms in the Gulf South region. For six consecutive years (2010-2015), the firm has been named one of INSIDE Public Accounting’s “Top 200 Accounting Firms,” currently ranked at 139. Accountants Media Group, publishers of Accounting Today, included LaPorte among 34 national “Beyond the Top 100: Firms to Watch” and rated LaPorte ninth of 19 in the journal’s “2015 Regional Leaders” among Gulf Coast firms. For the past nine years, LaPorte also has been named to the list of “Best Places to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness.
LaPorte serves clients in most major industries, and its principal industry groups include construction, energy, financial services, healthcare, hospitality and entertainment, law firm services, nonprofit, public sector, and real estate.
LaPorte is a member of McGladrey Alliance, a premier affiliation of independent accounting and consulting firms in the United States, with more than 83 members in 42 states and Puerto Rico. McGladrey Alliance member firms maintain their name, autonomy and independence and are responsible for their own client fee arrangements, delivery of services and maintenance of client relationships. McGladrey Alliance is a business of McGladrey LLP, a leading professional services firm providing assurance, tax and consulting services, and of RSM International, the world’s seventh largest network of audit, tax and advisory firms and the sixth largest global provider of tax services.