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Largest CPA Firm in Alaska Brings Over 100 Professionals and Staff to BDO

Chicago, IL – BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organizations, today announced an expansion into Alaska through the addition of more than 100 staff, including 6 partners, from Anchorage-based, Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. Founded in 1977, Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. is the largest firm in Alaska and is viewed as one of the leading firms serving state and local governments, nonprofits, government contractors, employee benefit plans, healthcare, Alaska native for-profit corporations, individuals, and small businesses. The combination of BDO and Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. is effective July 1, 2013.

“I want to welcome all of the partners and staff formerly with Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. to BDO. Mikunda, Cottrell's market leading position provides us with an ideal entry point into the 49th state,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA. “Mikunda, Cottrell’s entrepreneurial culture is a natural fit for BDO. In addition to their existing industry practices, we believe this new presence in Alaska will generate opportunities for us to leverage our existing strong energy practice.”

“In joining BDO USA, we feel we’ve found a national firm with a very compatible practice philosophy and culture to our own,” said Jim Hasle, Partner and former President of Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. “The combined success and resources of the two firms will allow us to amplify what we’ve built. Our clients will have access to a wider array of services, extensive industry experience and the resources of BDO’s extensive global network.”

Jim Hasle, who joined Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. in 1999 and has more than 20 years of accounting experience, will serve as the assurance managing partner for the Alaska practice. Kevin VanNortwick, who joined the firm in 1998 and has more than 30 years of tax accounting experience, will serve as the tax managing partner for the practice.

Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. has been recognized by numerous business and industry publications for its rapid growth and workplace accomplishments. It has been named one of the “Best of the Best” managed firms by Inside Public Accounting, a "Best Accounting Firm to Work For" by Accounting Today and Best Companies Group and "Small Business of the Year" by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.
BDO Facts:

 BDO USA has been serving clients for more than 100 years since its founding in 1910 (as Seidman & Seidman).
 BDO represents companies ranging from closely-held private businesses to leading non-profits to Fortune 500 multinationals.
 BDO has been named a Best Company by Work Mother Magazine for two consecutive years and been recognized with the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for four consecutive years.
 As of July 1, BDO has 49 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations around the country.
 As an independent member of BDO International Limited (the fifth largest global network of accounting firms), the firm can leverage the resources of more than 1,000 member firm offices in 135 countries around the world.

About BDO USA
BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals. The firm serves clients through 49 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of 1,204 offices in 138 countries.
BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms. For more information please visit: www.bdo.com.

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