published on June 2, 2016 - 8:25 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno-based accounting firm Morse Wittwer Sampson LLP has joined forces with Moss Adams LLP, a Seattle, Washington-based firm that had $477 million in revenue as of January 2016.

Established in 2008, Morse Wittwer Sampson is a full-service consulting and accounting firm specializing in tax and assurance services for industries including agriculture, manufacturing and real estate.

The new Fresno location will work closely with Moss Adams offices in Sacramento and Stockton. Moss Adams has nearly 30 offices in the U.S., and more than 2,200 employees.

“Combining Moss Adams and Morse Wittwer Sampson allows us to better meet the accounting and advisory needs of the business community in the Central Valley and throughout California,” said Kerry Gordon, the Central Valley regional managing partner at Moss Adams. “We’re pleased to expand our footprint in the region with the presence of this Fresno location, and we’re excited to welcome the talented staff of Morse Wittwer Sampson to Moss Adams.”

Morse Wittwer Sampson’s 18 professionals, along with three Moss Adams professionals already in the area, will combine to form the Fresno locations.

Morse Wittwer Sampson partners Christopher Morse, Kenneth Wittwer, Sheryl Morse and Doug Sampson will join Moss Adams as partners, continuing work within their current client roster as well as pursuing further growth opportunities. Christopher Morse will serve as partner in charge of the new Fresno location.

The Fresno team will be joined by four former Deloitte employees who officially started with Moss Adams on May 1. Director Nada Barrett, along with two senior managers and a senior, will bring the Fresno employee count to 25.

“This combination with Moss Adams felt like a natural step in the evolution of our firm,” said Christopher Morse, founding partner of Morse Wittwer Sampson. “Both firms share the same commitment to client service and have complementary goals, values and overall company culture. We’re excited to become part of one of the industry’s leading accounting and business advisory firms on the West Coast.”

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