Cherry Bekaert Expands Presence in Greater Washington, D.C. Market

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Berlin Ramos Joins Top 25 Accounting Firm via Strategic Acquisition

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Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”), a growth-oriented, nationally recognized public accounting and consulting firm, is pleased to announce it has joined forces with Berlin Ramos & Company PA (“Berlin”) effective November 1, 2017. This acquisition expands Cherry Bekaert’s service reach in the Washington metropolitan area.

The addition of Berlin brings six Partners and more than 40 professionals to Cherry Bekaert. With the completion of this acquisition, Cherry Bekaert’s Greater Washington, D.C. practice will have more than 150 professional staff in its offices, including 19 Partners. This expansion adds a depth of expertise in the industries of real estate and construction, hospitality and retail, and professional services. Berlin's experience is a great complement to Cherry Bekaert's current strengths in technology, life sciences, government contracting and private equity.

“The Greater Washington, D.C. metro area is a key strategic growth market for us,” commented Howard J. Kies, CPA, Firm Managing Partner of Cherry Bekaert. “The Berlin Ramos ‘Best Places to Work’ culture and long history of adding value for their clients makes them an ideal strategic match for our Firm. Together, we will make a positive impact and a measurable difference for our staff and our clients.”

More than 70 years ago, founding partners Paul Berlin and Rene Ramos established a firm of high integrity with a focus on caring for its clients and employees. Middle-market businesses and successful individuals have come to rely on the professionals at Berlin for personalized service and actionable advice. Berlin was recently named in the top 10 of 2017 Best Midsized Firms to Work For by Accounting Today. This tradition of maintaining a high standard of service will continue as part of Cherry Bekaert.

Berlin professionals joining Cherry Bekaert as Partners and principals include R. Bruce Buchanan, Alan Bergamini, David Flinchum, Greg Sweeney, Steve Kenney and Eric Prawde.

“Our associates will enjoy greater professional and personal development opportunities with a larger organization,” said R. Bruce Buchanan, former managing principal of Berlin and new Partner at Cherry Bekaert. “The Firm’s expansive service offerings will also allow us to add more value to our clients as their organizational needs continue to grow.”

Berlin’s professional staff will continue to operate at 11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 400 in Rockville, Maryland.

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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