Accounting Firms

Purk & Associates announces double merger

Two former partners will join the group’s senior management team as part of the deal

Purk and Associates, a St. Louis-based accounting and management advisory firm, has announced its merger with both Pleus and Company, and Dwyer Costello and Knox.

As a part of the deal, Doug Pleus and Terry Knox, former partners at Pleus and Dwyer Costello respectively, have joined Purk’s senior management team.

As a result of the mergers and additional team members, Purk has estimated its 2021 revenue to hit $5m, a year-on-year increase of nearly $2m.

Jennah Purk, co-founder and president at Purk, said: “I’ve known Doug and Terry for years, and I have great admiration for their talents and the accounting firms they founded. 

“When we started talking separately about merging firms, it was because each firm had unique strengths, similar core values, and strong client relationships. It all came together at the end of 2020 to merge their firms with Purk.” 

The group also announced the appointments of Holly Breuer as a principal and COO at the group, and Candice Carter as a director.

Breuer has experience in supporting privately held businesses with a range of topics from daily operations to regulatory issues, while Candice Carter specializes in bookkeeping, controllership, payroll, IRS, tax return preparation, and business planning.

Alongside the mergers, Purk has also seen its tax, audit, accounting, and wealth management expertise expanded in a number of areas.

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