As we look ahead into 2016,we are thrilled about all of the great things going on within our firm that are propelling growth and creating more opportunities for our staff. I will be sharing many more details next Monday at the State of the Firm event.
Speaking of growth, we have some very exciting news coming out of our Orlando office. Effective this past Thursday, December 31, Averett Warmus Durkee, P.A. (AWD), a $15 million Central Florida CPA firm with about 100 staff members, combined its practice with our firm. We have been seeking the right strategic partner to enhance our presence in the Orlando area, and we found the perfect match with AWD in terms of expertise, geographic location and culture. Withum’s downtown Orlando office has relocated to the current AWD office at 1417 East Concord Street, forming the largest CPA firm in Orlando.
Jim Warmus, AWD’s CEO, will now be the Co- Partner-in-Charge, along with Russell Goldberg who also joined us from AWD, of the newly-combined Orlando office, they will be joined by 9 other AWD partners as well as Wendy Terry, our current Orlando-based Withum partner. They are all just as excited as I am about this union of two great firms. Orlando and the Central Florida region are at the forefront of industries such as healthcare, financial services, real estate, timeshare, construction, technology and life sciences, aligning perfectly with our current niche practice areas. The entire Orlando team will be making the trip north next week to attend the State of the Firm event. Please make it a point to personally welcome them to the Withum family.
Growth through mergers and acquisitions is certainly a part of our firm’s long-term strategy, to supplement our organic growth. We are so pleased that throughout the firm’s 41 years of history, we have been successful in finding the right strategic partners to help us reach new markets, expand a variety of service areas, and bring aboard so many talented professionals who help provide the world-class service our clients have come to expect every day. We are confident AWD will continue this legacy of great partnerships.