Regional CPA Firm To Serve Clients From New Downtown Newark Location
June 9, 2021 | Newark, Ohio – Rea & Associates began serving clients from the NEWork Space in downtown Newark a year ago. Since then, the regional full-service CPA and business consulting firm has grown and relocated to 42 S. 2nd St. The new office space will be shared with Hummel Group, a commercial insurance and risk management firm. This new location provides Rea & Associates with access to three private offices, a conference room, and ground floor access. Relocation was necessary as the firm continues to experience rapid growth in Licking County.
“We are really looking forward to serving clients from this space,” said Doug Houser, CPA, MBA, CEPA, principal and director of Rea’s construction and real estate services team. “It’s right off the square and right next to the open-air market. There’s always a lot going on here and it’s great to have the opportunity to establish ourselves and the firm in the heart of the community.”
While Rea & Associates is considered one of the Top 100 CPA firms in the country (recognized as the 80th largest firm by Accounting Today in March 2021), the multi-office firm has made its mark serving the small- to mid-sized businesses that represent the heartbeat of local economies.
Since it was founded in 1938, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Rea & Associates has expanded its footprint to include offices throughout the state. The firm continues to establish strong roots in Ohio’s local communities. Rea & Associates’ team of professional service providers and industry experts recognize and address specific challenge areas organizations face. Because of the extensive network the Rea team brings, the firm is able to offer solutions not often available to small CPA firms and sole practitioners, which are traditionally found in smaller communities.
“Licking county, just by itself, is projected to grow by just about 60,000 people over the next 15-20 years,” said Houser. The economic development team here in the county has done a tremendous job and is really taking advantage of the resources available to them. As a result, the growth that we are seeing all throughout Central Ohio can also be seen here in Licking County. Our goal is to be a resource to the businesses and organizations that are investing in Newark and the surrounding areas. We want to help support their ongoing growth as they continue to support the ongoing growth of Licking County.”
Houser will split his time serving clients from Rea & Associates’ Newark and Dublin, Ohio, locations. The firm’s Newark office will also serve as a hub for other professional service providers with the firm.
“We have a diverse cross-section of professionals with our firm who already have connections in the community,” said Houser. “This team is not only experienced, they represent a lot of different disciplines, which speaks to the versatility of our firm.
While it’s not an extensive list, the following professionals, in addition to Houser, will spend time serving clients from Rea & Associates’ new Newark location.
- Katie Brown, CPA, senior tax manager; and Brigette Lafferty, QPA, QKA, senior retirement plan consultant. They will also continue serving clients from the firm’s Zanesville, Ohio, location.
- Ken Richards, CPA, a principal on the firm’s government services team. He will also continue serving clients from the firm’s Gahanna, Ohio, location.
- Meghan Buxton, CPA, a manager on the firm’s assurance team. She will also continue serving clients from the firm’s New Philadelphia, Ohio, location.
- Team members will be joined occasionally by Doug Feller, AIF, CFP, CFA, principal and financial advisor with Investment Partners, LTD, a regional wealth management firm. Feller primarily serves clients from Investment Partners’ Dublin location.
Houser said the firm will host an open house event in late summer or early autumn. In the meantime, to schedule an appointment with a Rea & Associates professional in should call 614.314.5937 or fill out this contact us form.