Bergan Paulsen, Networking Solutions and KDV announced today they have merged as of July 1, 2015 to become BerganKDV. The new firm offers business planning and consulting, tax, audit and accounting, payroll and 401(k), technology, and wealth management services primarily in the Midwest.
“From the first time we met the people at Bergan Paulsen and Networking Solutions, we knew they were people we wanted on our team. We truly believe our firms will offer our clients and employees a better future, together” explained President, Loren Viere.
The firms have been talking for much of the last couple years and ultimately saw a unified vision for the future. This merger of peers brings together two firms of significant size with a shared mission – to be a first class firm that helps clients solve problems, grow and plan for their future while providing a fun and challenging workplace for employees. The merger establishes a major resource to the region and the firm will be among the Top 100 Firms according to Accounting Today’s annual ranking list.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this is the growth we will see – we are growing our team, horsepower, depth and specialization – to name a few things. Our clients will feel the same commitment to excellence they always have, but they will also see us bring more to the table to help them with their challenges and issues” expressed CEO, Chris Honkomp.
BerganKDV is lead largely by the existing partners and leadership teams from each firm including Chris Honkomp as CEO, and Loren Viere as President. They employ around 300 people with seven offices across Iowa and Minnesota.
About Bergan Paulsen
Bergan Paulsen was formed by the 1987 merger of two Waterloo CPA firms: Murley, Bergan & Company and Smith, Paulsen & Evans. The firm provides tax, assurance, accounting & payroll, technology and advisory services with five locations across Iowa – Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Greater Des Moines and Waterloo. What sets them apart is a true focus on helping clients solve problems, grow and plan for their future while maximizing the development of their people in a challenging and fun environment.
About Networking Solutions
Networking Solutions is a full-service information technology firm. The firm provides solutions that assist businesses with everyday activities. Based in eastern Iowa, they serve approximately 450 clients throughout the U.S., ranging from sole proprietorships to public and government organizations.
KDV (Kern, DeWenter, Viere) was established in 1945 and maintains offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud. The firm serves clients in the areas of tax and accounting, business advisory, technology, outsourced payroll, 401(k) planning and consulting, trust and estate planning, business valuations, succession planning and individual wealth management. KDV prides themselves on offering multiple services under one roof and considering clients’ issues from several different perspectives – saving clients time and money while helping them to work more efficiently.