Columbia, S.C.-based Clifton Bodiford CPA’s has merged its practice into Scott and Company LLC, and will operate under the Scott and Company brand, effective immediately. Former Founder and Bodiford CPA firm principal Clif Bodiford and Dave Bodiford both join Scott and Company under the terms of the deal.
The leadership of both firms, each of which provides audit and assurance, tax and a range of consulting services to clients across the Southeast and internationally, voted unanimously to consummate the arrangement. Members of the Bodiford CPA firm’s Columbia office have combined into Scott and Company’s Columbia, SC office. Scott and Company also operates a Greenville office.
“We have known and respected the Scott and Company leadership team for years, and we knew that our client service commitment, professionalism and cultures of the two firms were highly compatible,” said Clif Bodiford in announcing the merger. “Combined, we look forward to providing additional resources and capabilities to our clients while continuing to deliver exceptional accounting, tax and assurance services. We are excited about the depth and talents that the combined Scott and Company firm can offer.”
Bodiford CPAs was founded in Columbia in 1994 by Clif Bodiford, a veteran of Ernst and Young and former Arthur Anderson and Company partner. In providing accounting, audit, tax and consulting services to South Carolina businesses, the firm developed a reputation for its expertise in serving banks, savings and loan associations, insurance companies and investment partnerships, along with small manufacturing and distribution business.
Don Mobley, Columbia Managing Partner of Scott and Company, noted: "The Scott and Company organization is pleased and excited to finalize joining forces with these exceptional professionals. We have known Clif and Dave Bodiford for years through both professional and civic circles, and are excited to work together to continue providing clients with the exceptional service and technical expertise that the combined firm can provide."
The combined firm now numbers approximately 40 professionals in its Midlands and Upstate offices, and provides a comprehensive range of tax, assurance, small business and specialized consulting services to clients based across the Southeast. With clients ranging from individuals to multi-state and international organizations, the firm has particularly deep expertise in serving closely-held businesses and their owners, as well as leaders in the financial services, healthcare, real estate, government, manufacturing, hospitality, professional services and non-profit arenas.
“The leadership of the combined firm recognizes the critical importance of community commitment and involvement, and our continuing emphasis will be to put client and community needs and interests first,” noted Scott and Company’s Upstate Managing Partner Phyllis Graydon. “Clif’s firm brings us strong and complementary expertise and connections in arenas including banking, insurance and financial services. We see a huge opportunity to meet the needs of South Carolina’s emerging middle market organizations by providing highly skilled, highly efficient, personable and professional accountants and advisors to help accomplish their goals. We believe that our combined depth and capabilities will make that value proposition attractive to many.”
Despite the change that is inherent in any combining of organizations, both Bodiford and Mobley are adamant that clients will not experience service interruptions or inconvenience. “Not only are we adding greater depth to serve Clif and Dave’s clients, our firm as a whole will benefit from adding talented colleagues that we know embrace a culture of ‘client service first, ’ ” Mobley noted.
Scott and Company LLC provides a comprehensive range of tax, assurance, small business and specialized consulting services to clients across the Southeast. With clients ranging from individuals to multi-state and international organizations, the firm has deep expertise in serving closely-held businesses and their owners, as well as leaders in the healthcare, real estate, government, manufacturing, professional services and non-profit arenas. The firm is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, providing talent and resources to clients through a network of thousands of skilled professionals, 400 independent alliance firm locations domestically, and in more than 100 countries.