Two CPA Firms in Delco Merge to Fend Off Bigger Competition

William Gowie, left, and Peter Barsz.

Two local CPA firms are teaming up to write off the threat of bigger, out-of-town competition in an increasingly crowded accounting marketplace.

Steger Gowie & Co. of Chadds Ford and Merves Amon & Barsz of Media have agreed to a merger that will bring together all of their 35 employees as the new Barsz Gowie Amon & Fultz CPA firm, according to a Philadelphia Business Journal report by Jeff Blumenthal.

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“We’re looking at it as a way to compete with bigger firms,” said William Gowie. “There are a lot of firms coming into this area, and some local businesses are not happy. That opens up some opportunities for us, and we now have a larger firm with more services to offer.”

Prompted by the looming retirements of both Eugene Steger and Stephen Merves, the merger makes for a complementary mix of Steger Gowie’s distinctive tax planning and Merves Amon & Barsz’s audit specialty. The combined CPA will have its headquarters in Chadds Ford with offices in Media, Malvern, and Lancaster.

“The purpose of this is to become a stronger competitor that can better serve our clients,” said Peter Barsz. “It’s going to help us add more clients, but I think we can also combine our efforts recruiting.”

Read more about the local merger in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.

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