Cherry Bekaert Expands Presence in Raleigh-Durham Market

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Acquisition of Thomas, Knight, Trent, King and Company Adds Three Partners & 14 Professionals.

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Cherry Bekaert LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the nation, is pleased to announce the addition of approximately 17 professionals in the Raleigh-Durham market.

Effective January 1, 2015, Cherry Bekaert acquired the local CPA firm of Thomas, Knight, Trent, King and Company (TKTK). With this addition, the Raleigh practice of Cherry Bekaert includes more than 105 professionals, solidifying the Firm as one of the largest CPA firms serving the Raleigh-Durham area.

Former TKTK Shareholders joining Cherry Bekaert as Partners include Pamela Brinkley, Ronnie Eubanks and Steve Hancock.

“With the larger service platform of a $150M+ revenue firm, we are better positioned to serve the growing business needs of our clients,” said Steve Hancock, former Managing Shareholder with TKTK and new Cherry Bekaert Partner. “Cherry Bekaert’s stellar reputation and dedication to middle market companies made the Firm a perfect fit for our people and our clients.”

Formed in 1917, TKTK was established with the vision of helping its clients achieve their goals and committed to the principles of excellence and high integrity. The professionals at TKTK were dedicated to the belief that their clients’ success created their success. This commitment to the client, along with a well-earned reputation for quality, trustworthiness and effectiveness, helped TKTK become one of the largest independent accounting and consulting firms in North Carolina.

“Cherry Bekaert will incorporate the talents and expertise of the former TKTK shareholders and professionals into our existing industry groups and specialty practice areas of real estate, construction, technology, life sciences, entrepreneurial advisory and high-end tax consulting,” noted Howard Kies, Firm Managing Partner of Cherry Bekaert. “Expanding the depth of our talent in the Raleigh-Durham area is a key strategic growth initiative for our Firm.”

These Partners and the professional staff from TKTK joining Cherry Bekaert will continue to operate out of their current 3400 Croasdaile Drive location in Durham.

About Cherry Bekaert LLP
As a nationally recognized, growth-oriented firm, Cherry Bekaert has the resources to take your business as far as you want to go. The Firm's industry specialists already know your marketplace, so they can help you make the most of emerging opportunities while minimizing compliance headaches. With our down-to-earth style and wealth of practical advice, you will find Cherry Bekaert an indispensable part of your team.

Ranked among the largest accounting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert offers specialized solutions that help advance our clients' business goals. For more than 65 years, global corporations, private businesses, government entities, nonprofits, emerging firms, start-ups and successful individuals have relied on Cherry Bekaert to guide them forward as their growth advisor.

Cherry Bekaert LLP is an independent member of Baker Tilly International. Baker Tilly International is the world’s 8th largest accountancy and business advisory network by combined fee income of its independent members. Baker Tilly International member firms specialize in providing accountancy and business advisory services to entrepreneurial, growing businesses and mid-market listed corporates worldwide. |

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August P. Keller III