Regional accounting firm Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC has announced the acquisition of JWCK, Ltd., formerly known as Jordan, Woosley, Crone & Keaton, Ltd., in Hot Springs effective Jan. 1.
The merger with JWCK adds 14 professionals to the ATA team, including three principals and two partners, Christina Ellis, CPA and Courtney Moore, CPA. With this merger, ATA will be comprised of 220 employees and 15 locations across four states, ATA said in a news release.
"ATA has had a long-standing interest in establishing a strong presence in Arkansas," ATA Managing Partner John Whybrew said in the release. "We believe that this strategic merger with JWCK allows the firm to grow in new markets with like-minded professionals as well as continue our multiyear growth plan."
"JWCK's 60 years of expertise ranges from tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements and financial planning. It is a premier firm for trust and estate tax reporting as well as one of few firms that adhere to the standards to be able to perform audits for entities who receive state and federal moneys and audits of financial institutions," the release said.
JWCK ranks 14th on the Arkansas Business Publishing Group's list of the largest accounting firms in the state. The firm has been named Best Accounting Firm in Hot Springs by The Sentinel-Record two years in a row, with Ellis being named Best Accountant in Hot Springs the past two years, as well.
"Our commitment to serve our community with professionals right here in Hot Springs has led JWCK to merge with ATA," Ellis said in the release. "Through this merger, we will be able to provide our community with expertise in subject matters beyond what we have in our local office and will be able to devote more time to client relationships by allowing ATA's entities to handle administrative responsibilities."
ATA Hot Springs will operate at 126 Hobson Ave. until May, when it will move into a newly constructed space at 1720 Higdon Ferry Road. There is also a location in Hot Springs Village at 399 Ponce de Leon Drive, Suite 2.
ATA has 15 office locations in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi. "Recognized as an IPA Top 150 regional accounting firm, it provides a wide array of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services for clients ranging from small family-owned businesses to publicly traded companies and international corporations. ATA is also an alliance member of BDO USA LLP, a top five global accounting firm, which provides additional resources and expertise for clients," the release said.