Cherry Bekaert Enters Nashville Market with Strategic Acquisition

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Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC to Join Top 25 Accounting Firm

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Nationally acclaimed consulting and accounting firm Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC (“FDH”), one of Nashville’s largest certified public accounting firms. This strategic joining of forces expands Cherry Bekaert’s service footprint into the Nashville, Tennessee, market.

In combining with FDH, Cherry Bekaert enters the Nashville market as one of the ten largest CPA and consulting firms servicing Middle Tennessee, with eleven partners and more than 50 associates in the new Nashville practice. Cherry Bekaert targeted Nashville for expansion possibilities due to the city’s diverse and growing economy and innovative business climate that attracts and caters to the Firm’s core industry sectors of technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, distribution, transportation, logistics, healthcare, education and nonprofits.

“Cherry Bekaert has the desire to expand into growing markets that can benefit from our industry-focused, growth advisory service approach, so Nashville has been at the top of our list for some time,” commented Howard J. Kies, CPA, Firm Managing Partner of Cherry Bekaert. “Given its longevity and strong reputation for client service, FDH was a perfect match to help us enter the Nashville market. THInc, our specialty practice that serves the innovative needs of technology, health and life sciences, and industrial clients, will be a key growth driver for our combined firms going forward.”

Founded in 1975 by Charles Frasier, FDH established a tradition of trust and reliability in working with a wide cross section of clients in Middle Tennessee. Mr. Frasier’s commitment to his clients, colleagues and the larger community serves as a lasting legacy to his fellow partners and associates who make personal attention a hallmark of their service approach.

FDH professionals joining Cherry Bekaert as Partners include Barry Dean, Stephen Dolan, Jeffrey Fox, Edd Haynes, Jason Hoard, David Howard, Gay Moon, Steven Riley, Jeffrey Smith, and Robert Weatherly. Chase Wright, CPA, an Assurance & Advisory Partner with Cherry Bekaert, will also be a part of the Nashville practice.

“Our clients will benefit from Cherry Bekaert’s expansive suite of specialty services,” said Barry Dean, Co-Managing Partner of FDH and new Partner at Cherry Bekaert. “Cherry Bekaert’s reputation with industries important to Nashville’s economy will serve as an ongoing catalyst for our growth as one firm.”

The professional staff of FDH will continue to operate at 3310 West End Avenue, Suite 550 in Nashville.

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 their 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 specializes in offering solutions that impact their clients’ ability to grow. For 70 years, global corporations, private businesses, government entities, nonprofits, emerging firms and successful individuals have relied on Cherry Bekaert to guide them forward as their growth partner.

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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