Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. recently announced plans to merge with Raymond F. Wager, CPA PC, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Raymond F. Wager will operate as a division of Mengel Metzger Barr & Co.
The combined company will staff more than 100 employees and 20 partners across four locations in Rochester, Canandaigua, Elmira and Hornell. It will service clients throughout the state.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Ray Wager, Tom Lauffer, Tom Zuber and all of the talented, highly reputable and well-respected accountants joining us from Raymond F. Wager, CPA PC,” said Mark Kovaleski, managing partner for Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. “In particular, I’m excited by the government and public school district-related expertise that these new team members bring. Their experience and reputation in this area is outstanding”
The merger is the latest in a series of acquisitions that Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. made in recent years, and aligns with the firm’s strategic plan.
“Our growth plan calls for mergers with organizations just like Ray Wager’s firm,” Kovaleski said. “They bring an industry niche that we currently don’t have, they bring talent and, most importantly, it is a great cultural fit. We also recognize that the team joining us from Raymond F. Wager, CPA PC had a lot of options to choose from when considering who to partner with. We’re honored and humbled that they picked Mengel Metzger Barr & Co., and we look forward to building on the deep client relationships they have already established.”
Wager, who will lead a new division focused on governmental and public school district clients with Lauffer and Zuber, said he is excited by the benefits that Mengel Metzger Barr & Co.’s added resources carry.
“We pride ourselves in providing great client service, and we are convinced that this merger with Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. will only increase the high level of service our clients expect,” Wager said. “We are particularly excited to leverage the resources and expertise of Mengel Metzger Barr & Co.’s large nonprofit group and access their cutting edge technology platform to efficiently and effectively perform our audits.”
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