Smith + Howard Adds VIP Search and VIP Solutions Groups

May 31, 2024 | by

Top 200 accounting firm Smith + Howard acquired Richardson, TX-based VIP Solutions Group and VIP Search Group on April 30.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The acquisition will expand Smith + Howard’s offerings to include office of the CFO search and staffing, interim management, and consulting services in the areas of accounting, finance, transactions, and strategy.

Sean Taylor

“We are thrilled to welcome the VIP team to Smith + Howard. The addition provides an exciting expansion of our collective service offering and will present new opportunities for the colleagues of both firms,” Sean Taylor, CEO of Atlanta-based Smith + Howard, said in a statement. “This transaction represents a continued realization of Smith + Howard’s strategic vision to aggressively expand our service offering and geographic reach.”

VIP was founded in 2008 by Mike Haynes, Eric Foerster and Jess Padek, each of whom will continue to serve in leadership roles.

The firm provides accounting and finance consulting, recruiting services, and interim management solutions to clients that range from small, privately held companies to large Fortune 500 companies. 

“Combining our unique skill sets and areas of focus is sure to create a more well-rounded team capable of providing expanded offerings to the office of the CFO. Smith + Howard has built a reputation for doing more than what is expected and shares VIP’s vision of world-class service to clients, giving us confidence in taking this next step together,” Haynes said.


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