Pennsylvania-based Elko & Associates, Ltd. joins Wipfli LLP


January 5, 2015
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Wipfli LLP, one of the top 25 accounting and consulting firms in the United States, announced today that Elko & Associates, Ltd. (Elko) joined the firm effective December 31. Elko, a firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, provides audit, tax and consulting services to businesses and individuals in the northeastern United States. This is the fourth acquisition for Wipfli within a year and marks the third acquisition for the firm in two months.

"We’ve been searching for an exceptional firm to merge with in the Northeastern United States to expand our firm into that area of the country and found Elko. We are thrilled to be combining with a well-respected firm that has such a strong reputation for helping businesses succeed and technical excellence," said Rick Dreher, managing partner of Wipfli LLP. “We look forward to moving into 2015 together as one firm.”
 
Michael Pozielli, managing director of Elko, commented, "Elko is very proud of our 54-year history serving Northeastern businesses and individuals and giving back to our community. We are excited to join a firm with a similar client service philosophy and similar values. This combination with Wipfli is a positive development for our clients and our associates. For our clients, it will broaden and deepen the specialized services and industry-focused solutions we are able to provide, allowing us to continue to meet their needs as they grow and face new challenges in the years ahead. For our associates, the combination will provide advanced training opportunities and increased career opportunities with a larger firm."
 
As part of this combination, 81 Elko professionals, including 12 partners, have joined Wipfli. Founded in 1960, Elko provides professional accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting services to clients in the Greater Philadelphia area. The firm has two full-service offices located in the Philadelphia area.
 
Wipfli has more than 1,200 associates in 22 offices in the United States, and is among the top 25 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation according to Accounting Today and Inside Public Accounting. For over 85 years, Wipfli has provided private and publicly held companies with industry-focused assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to help clients overcome their business challenges today and plan for tomorrow. 
 
After this combination, Wipfli will have approximately 1,300 associates, 160 partners, and 24 office locations. 

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