Kennedy Cottrell Richards And Rea & Associates Eye September 1 Merger Date | Rea CPA

Kennedy Cottrell Richards Merges Into Rea & Associates

Firms Look to Strengthen Presence In Government Sector

Sept. 1, 2020 | New Philadelphia, Ohio – As of Sept. 1, 2020, Rea & Associates Inc., a regional accounting and business consulting firm, has successfully merged in the Gahanna, Ohio-based firm, Kennedy Cottrell Richards. The single, stronger practice includes more than 320 professionals, all of whom are positioned to serve clients throughout Ohio.

“We are excited to bring our two firms together,” said Don McIntosh, CPA, CEO of Rea & Associates. “This merger supports Rea’s strategic growth plan and Kennedy Cottrell Richards’ succession plan. Combining our firms will better position us to provide accounting, auditing, and consulting services to government entities throughout Ohio.”

Formed from the merger of two successful firms in 2007, Kennedy Cottrell Richards specializes in providing accounting, auditing and consulting services to the government sector.

​“We are here to provide our clients with the highest quality of service in a timely and cost-effective manner,” said Bill Kennedy, CPA, managing partner of Kennedy Cottrell Richards. “With our highly-trained and professional, yet personable, staff, we are able to ensure our services are performed in accordance with all required professional standards; yet, we also go the extra mile with our personal attention and commitment to keeping our clients happy.”

Kennedy Cottrell Richards will continue operating out of its existing office at 186 N. High St. in Gahanna. Click here to learn more about the KCR team.

“If you’ve worked with the Kennedy Cottrell Richards team in the past, you’ll be glad to learn that this merger will have no impact on your fee structure or on the quality of service you receive,” said Kennedy. “Our client service teams will stay intact and you will continue to receive the stellar service we’ve always taken great pride in providing. Only now, we will be able to offer a wider array and greater depth of services.”

Rea & Associates has established a strong reputation within the accounting industry and among those industries served by the firm’s various specialty teams. Specifically, the firm is well-established in the government, manufacturing, construction & real estate, dental, not-for-profit and healthcare industries and provides services ranging from traditional accounting, tax and assurance services to succession plan consulting, cybersecurity & data protection, business valuations, HR consulting and state & local taxes. Rea has also built a coronavirus resource center at, to help clients and business owners navigate through these uncertain times.

To learn more about the merger, call Kennedy Cottrell Richards at 614.358.4682 or Rea & Associates at 614.889.8725.