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Full-service general accounting firm Rouis & Company has joined forces with two highly complementary firms to provide a broader spectrum of client services, and expand access to industry expertise.
This merger, effective September 1, 2016, combines talents of three practices very similar in size and culture under a new brand: RBT CPAs, Accounting & Consulting Services. Rouis & Company joins with Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP serving business owners in the Hudson Valley and New York Metropolitan area, and Sedore & Company serving businesses, not-forprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland counties.
The combined firms will:
“Scale brings opportunity,” said Jonathan Rouis of RBT CPAs. “The influx of new business growth and year-round residents is spurring need for infrastructure services in Sullivan County our neighbors to the south have seen.”
While Rouis & Company clients can continue to expect the personalized service of a small firm, RBT Accountants & Consultants may be better equipped to service industry growth areas building momentum in Sullivan County and operating in an increasingly complex environment as technology and regulations evolve.
“Scale brings the ability to offer existing clients access to wide and varied staff with niche expertise and deep industry knowledge in such areas as construction, restaurant and hospitality, manufacturing and distribution.”
The merger also aims to provide clients greater access to the best technologies, and build existing strengths of all firms in such areas as accounting and auditing, tax services, consulting and special projects, accounting support services, human resources, and computer consulting in the industry niches of construction, governmental, hospitality, manufacturing, non-profit, real estate, veterinary, wholesale, retail and distribution markets.
How has the Partnership helped Rouis & Company?
The Partnership has done a great job over the past decade in the face of headwinds and the recession. They’ve stayed focused on attracting a multitude of companies: from manufacturers and distributors to agricultural businesses and the cornerstone, casinos. It’s going to be great to work with the Partnership at a new level, to service the top end of businesses, as well as mid-size and small business.
How important is it to do business locally?
When we support each other we all grow. That’s been a hallmark of our practice. For more than four decades, Rouis and Company has helped Sullivan County businesses grow and thrive. We’re only able to serve our local clients over generations because we support them and they support us as a local economy. It’s critically important we stay true to serving Sullivan County. Our partners are collectively committed to growing the office, both with staff and client access to a deeper industry expertise.