Rea & Associates Inc., a regional accounting and business consulting firm, has announced its intention to merge with the Gahanna, Ohio-based firm, Kennedy Cottrell Richards, on Sept. 1, 2020. The single practice will include more than 300 professionals who are positioned to serve clients throughout Ohio.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring our two firms together,” said Don McIntosh, CPA, CEO of Rea & Associates. “This merger supports Rea’s strategic growth plan and Kennedy Cottrell Richards’ succession plan. Combining our firms will better position us to provide accounting, auditing and consulting services to government entities throughout Ohio.”

Formed from the merger of two successful firms in 2007, Kennedy Cottrell Richards specializes in providing accounting, auditing and consulting services to the government sector.

​“We are here to provide our clients with the highest quality of service in a timely and cost-effective manner,” said Bill Kennedy, CPA, managing partner of Kennedy Cottrell Richards. “With our highly-trained and professional, yet personable, staff, we are able to ensure our services are performed in accordance with all required professional standards; yet, we also go the extra mile with our personal attention and commitment to keeping our clients happy.”

After the merger, Kennedy Cottrell Richards will continue operating out of its existing office at 186 N. High St. in Gahanna.

“If you’ve worked with the Kennedy Cottrell Richards team in the past, you’ll be glad to learn that this merger will have no impact on your fee structure or on the quality of service you receive,” said Kennedy. “Our client service teams will stay intact and you will continue to receive the stellar service we’ve always taken great pride in providing. Only now, we will be able to offer a wider array and greater depth of services.”