Regional firm LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors (LaPorte) has announced the finalization of its merger with Beyer, Stagni & Company (Beyer Stagni), according to William T. “Ted” Mason, president and CEO of LaPorte. The merger became official on December 1, 2015. The combined firm operates as LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors. Beyer Stagni’s Houma office is now 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, hold key leadership roles as directors in LaPorte.
With the addition of Beyer Stagni, LaPorte has a total staff of 180 people and revenue in excess of $26 million.
“This merger means LaPorte has expanded our geographic footprint along the Gulf Coast and increased 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 increases our breadth of client services and provides greater opportunities for our people to develop professionally,” says Roy M. Beyer, previously a principal of Beyer Stagni. “With LaPorte’s deep resources, we are now 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 was a full-service tax, accounting, and business consulting firm in Houma, established in 1988. Its client base included primarily energy service companies, maritime companies, and automotive dealerships.
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.
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