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Grove, Mueller & Swank, P.C. (GMS) proudly announces that they have joined with Southwest -based firm REDW Advisors & CPAs effective December 1, 2023. GMS will become REDW's first office in the Pacific Northwest, joining award-winning teams with boots on the ground in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City and virtual team members worldwide.

"The decision to align with REDW was based on several criteria, including our likeminded approach to service and culture. We are especially excited about the partnership as it will allow us to serve our clients more holistically, offering a full breadth of solutions including cybersecurity, HR consulting, and even wealth management from a deep bench of leading in-house experts," said John Hawkins, GMS Shareholder and Chairman of the Board.

"Over the past 40 years, Grove, Mueller & Swank has provided quality service and innovative solutions to its clients, growing into one of the region's most respected accounting, tax, and consulting firms. Likeminded in our approaches to service, clients, and our team members, REDW and GMS are a perfect cultural fit," said Steve Cogan, REDW Managing Principal.

Through the transition, the GMS will remain at its long-time address of 475 Cottage Street NE, Suite 200 in Salem. GMS leadership and employees will continue in their current roles. Clients will not experience service disruption, and the brand transition will occur over the next several months.

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All 45 of GMS's employees will join REDW in the deal, including Lori Woodbury, the managing partner of GMS, who said day-to-day operations at her company will remain much the same. "We wanted to make sure we were doing the best thing for our team and the best thing for our clients," Woodbury said. "The more and more we talked to the people from REDW, the more we discovered how much alike we were and our values were in total alignment." As for the decision to sell, it mainly came down to REDW's wealth of resources that will allow GMS to offer more services to their customers.

REDW has made the entrepreneurial commitment to remain a significant, relevant, and independent firm with an eye on the future — creating a digital-first culture that is responsive to the current risk environment and the adoption of technology tools such as AI; developing employment models based on hybrid work environments; and offering GMS's clients strategic services ranging from cybersecurity and gaming advisory to HR consulting and comprehensive financial planning.

"We do not work in a silo, and neither do our clients," said Cogan. "We recognize that every client, large or small, has individual needs. Therefore, we offer not just tax, accounting, and audit services but a full suite of solutions to assist our clients throughout the lifecycles of their organizations and financial journeys. With this exciting expansion into the Pacific Northwest, REDW remains committed to making positive, meaningful impacts in our communities and in the lives of our clients and team members."

"Having dedicated over 40 years to serving and advocating for Sovereign Tribal Nations, many Tribes know the strong reputation of REDW and the value we provide," said Wesley Ryan Benally (Dine') CPA, REDW Principal and National Tribal Practice Leader. "And with a notable portion of our clients already residing in the Pacific Northwest region, the idea of having a team on the ground in Oregon became very important to us."

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About REDW Advisors & CPAs:

Founded in 1953, REDW is celebrating 70 years of trusted expertise and growth. From our offices across the Southwest and Pacific Northwest as well as partners around the globe, our more than 300 professionals serve the audit, tax, cybersecurity, business, and financial needs of a wide range of clients, both regionally and nationally, including mid-market businesses, construction & real estate, technology, healthcare, hospitality, professional service providers, and governments, including Tribal Nations and their enterprises. REDW also offers expanded services and expertise as an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA. We take pride in attracting top talent from across the country who see our firm as a place where they can grow personally and professionally. For more information, learn about our firm history or visit linkedin.com/company/redw.