Smith & Howard Named No. 1 Firm in Nation for Second Straight Year

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INSIDE Public Accounting has included Smith & Howard Among Elite Best of the Best firms for 6th year in a row and the No. 1 firm in the nation for the second consecutive year.

If we want our processes, ideas and recommendations to have credibility with our clients, they have to know that we ‘get it.’ The Best of the Best status confirms that we do.

INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) recently released its 2015 list of the Best of the Best CPA firms in the nation. Smith & Howard was included for the sixth consecutive year and was recognized for the second consecutive year as the number one firm in the nation.

IPA’s annual Best of the Best recognition honors 60 CPA firms across the country for their overall superior performance on more than 70 IPA criteria. The right combination of planning, strategy and execution distinguish Best of the Best firms from among more than 500 firms that participated in IPA’s 25th Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms.

“The INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best firms aren’t just successful in a financial sense – they’re firing on all cylinders, and are a model for others to follow” says Kelly Platt, publisher of INSIDE Public Accounting. “Best of the Best firms have vision. They commit to long-range planning and provide an environment in which their professionals thrive and their clients succeed,” says Platt. Exceptional client service, commitment to firm-wide training and prized staff benefits are features of the IPA Best of the Best.

“Smith & Howard will once again receive the ‘Pyramid of Excellence’ award at the 2015 PRIME Symposium held in November in Indianapolis,” notes Platt. “This year more than 500 firms vied for the Best of the Best accolade, and Smith & Howard once again ranked No. 1,” says Platt.

Said John Lucht, Managing Partner, “When we set our firm-wide goals for 2015, one of them was to maintain our Best of the Best status. We believe the measurements involved in this process reflect many of the same business and strategic metrics that our clients must excel in to grow. If we want our processes, ideas and recommendations to have credibility with our clients, they have to know that we ‘get it.’ The Best of the Best status confirms that we do.

The fact that we landed in the number one spot for the second year in a row was exciting for each of us. We have all been working hard and focusing on our goals. We are gratified that the results have placed us in such an elite spot again. We have tremendous admiration for all the firms on the IPA Best of the Best list and are honored to be included among them.”

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