Montana-based Galusha, Higgins & Galusha, PC and Pennsylvania-based Elko & Associates, Ltd. join Wipfli LLP


January 16, 2015
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Wipfli LLP, one of the top 20 accounting and consulting firms in the United States, announced that Galusha, Higgins & Galusha, PC (GHG)  and Elko & Associates, Ltd. (Elko) joined the firm effective December 31.
 
GHG, a firm headquartered in Helena, Montana, provides audit, tax and consulting services to businesses and individuals in the northwestern United States. Elko, a firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, provides services to businesses and individuals in the northeastern United States.
 
These transactions are the third and fourth mergers for Wipfli in 2014.

When asked about GHG, Rick Dreher, managing partner of Wipfli LLP said, "GHG has a 95-year heritage and strong reputation for providing high-quality services to businesses in the Northwest. This combination will strengthen and expand Wipfli’s physical presence in the Northwestern United States, building and enhancing a more diverse set of services to complement Wipfli’s existing Spokane, Washington office. Combining with GHG will add highly experienced professionals to the Wipfli team." 
 
Richard Shull, president and chief executive officer of GHG, added, "In today’s marketplace, businesses are facing ever-changing challenges that often require subject-matter experts and services that go far beyond traditional audit and tax services. We are excited to be joining Wipfli - the combination will provide our firm with the industry and technical specialization we need to meet our growing client demands and to tackle future business growth opportunities. It will also provide our team members with greater opportunities for training and career opportunities."
 
Regarding Elko, Dreher said, “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.”
 
Michael Pozielli, managing director of Elko, added, "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."
 
“Both combinations are a great fit with Wipfli because all of our cultures and client service philosophies are closely aligned and the firms bring complementary services to the market. We look forward to working together to serve our clients around the country continuing to provide the exceptional service our clients have come to expect from our firms,” said Dreher.

As the result of the combinations, approximately 140 GHG professionals (including 22 partners) and 81 Elko professionals (including 12 partners) joined Wipfli.
 
Founded in 1919, GHG is one of the largest, privately owned accounting firms in Southeast Idaho and Montana. The firm has six full-service offices located in Montana, a full-service office in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and multiple day-offices strategically located throughout Montana.
 
Elko was founded in 1960 and 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.

As the result of these combinations, Wipfli now has approximately 1,500 associates in 32 offices in the United States and two offices in India, and is among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. 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. 

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