Gauthier & Kimmerling of Indianapolis and Barnes Dennig, headquartered in Cincinnati, are joining together effective January 1, 2016. The combination will help Gauthier & Kimmerling to provide broader resources to their clients and expand Barnes Dennig’s footprint in the tri-state region.

The combined firm will operate under the name Barnes Dennig. Projected total employee count will be 150. In its 50th anniversary year, Barnes Dennig was named a Top 200 CPA Firm and is currently ranked at #189 by Inside Public Accounting.  This is the firm’s first office in Indiana. Barnes Dennig currently has offices in Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati.

“We’re honored to welcome the professionals of Gauthier & Kimmerling to Barnes Dennig,” said Steven P. Hube, CPA, Managing Director of Barnes Dennig.  “For 24 years, the people of G&K have been building a quality-driven and innovative practice. We are excited to work with them and we know the two firms will be better together.”

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“We’re excited to combine with Barnes Dennig. We know the additional resources they provide will help our clients solve more challenges and will provide them with more ideas, noted Kathy Ahearn, Partner with Gauthier & Kimmerling. “People are the key to providing exceptional client service and this combination gives us more horsepower to train, recruit and retain our great people.”

With the combination, Barnes Dennig will have a director group numbering 21.  The three Principals of Gauthier & Kimmerling, Jeff Kimmerling, Kathy Ahearn and Eric Harber, will become Barnes Dennig directors and will remain in Indianapolis.

Barnes Dennig, is a growth-driven, well-respected accounting, tax and advisory firm offering a comprehensive array of services for closely held businesses and non-profit organizations. Specialized services include international tax and business services, employee benefit plan auditing, tax consulting, business valuations, fraud/forensic accounting, IT auditing and other services. The firm also serves high net worth individuals with tax, wealth and estate planning services. The firm possesses special expertise in the manufacturing, wholesale-distribution, construction, non-profit, health care and service sectors.  Gauthier & Kimmerling, founded in 1991, has special expertise in not-for-profit, health care, HUD, and Section 42 low-income housing tax credits.

The combination of the two firms strengthens the market position of the combined entity and gives Barnes Dennig the critical mass that middle-market companies and large non-profits look for in service providers.

“Being a multi-office firm with offices in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana extends our footprint so we can meet the evolving needs of our clients,” commented Ahearn.  “We’ll continue to bring great ideas, insights and innovations to our clients and now we’ll have even more resources to do it with,” she added.