Long­time Elk­ton ac­count­ing firm an­nounces merger

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

ELK­TON

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Long­time Elk­ton ac­count­ing firm Greenberg Et­tlin & As­so­ciates an­nounced its merger Nov. 1 with Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, an ac­count­ing firm head­quar­tered in Lutherville.

This marks the sec­ond time WC&S has merged with a Ce­cil County ac­count­ing firm in the last three years, punc­tu­at­ing its growth in the county mar­ket. In Au­gust 2013, WC&S merged with Ch­e­sa­peake Ac­count­ing & Book­ing lo­cated at 202 E. Pu­laski High­way.

Greenberg Et­tlin & As­so­ciates, headed by Don Greenberg and Larry Et­tlin, is lo­cated at 109 N. Bridge St. in down­town Elk­ton. WC&S plans to op­er­ate both of­fices through the end of tax sea­son and then they will look for a new lo­ca­tion to in­te­grate both staffs.

The com­pany doesn’t want to in­con­ve­nience any of its clients dur­ing tax sea­son, said Benny Walker, prin­ci­pal with WC&S who heads up the firm’s Ce­cil and Har­ford of­fices.

“It was the right time and the right choice,” said Don Greenberg on Wed­nes­day, adding that WC&S are “down-to-earth peo­ple.”

Greenberg, who has been an ac­coun­tant in Elk­ton since 1961 when he joined Bernard Aiken CPA, said he’s go­ing to con­tinue to work. While he’ll cut back to two or three days a week in the sum­mer, he’ll stay full-time dur­ing tax sea­son.

“Now, I’m just an em­ployee here,” he said, with a big sigh of re­lief. “I’ll be able to con­tinue work­ing with my tax clients, which is what I en­joy do­ing.”

Greenberg said he got se­ri­ous about merg­ing with an­other firm when he learned ear­lier this year that Et­tlin, his part­ner, would be re­tir­ing Dec. 31. Et­tlin joined Greenberg in 1986 and be­came a part­ner in 1990.

“Af­ter talk­ing with Benny (Walker), I knew we shared the same phi­los­o­phy of per­sonal cus­tomer ser­vice, which is what I was look­ing for,” Greenberg said.

The men agree the tran­si­tion has been smooth so far. They’re still or­der­ing sup­plies and sta­tionery with the new name, but ad­min­is­tra­tive staff mem­bers are stay­ing.

“I plan to be busy as usual,” Greenberg said.

He’s also ex­cited about the new ser­vices that will now be avail­able to his clients be­cause of the merger. Pri­mar­ily, Greenberg fo­cused on taxes and cor­po­rate ac­counts, but WC&S has a lot of niche ser­vices.

“We of­fer spe­cial­ity ac­count­ing in ar­eas, such as den­tal and non­prof­its,” Walker said.

In ad­di­tion, the grow­ing firm does foren­sic and in­ves­tiga­tive ac­count­ing, es­tate plan­ning, bench­mark­ing and busi­ness suc­ces­sion plan­ning.

WC&S has of­fices in Lutherville, Bel Air and Elk­ton.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Don Greenberg, left, merged his ac­count­ing firm of Greenberg Et­tlin & As­so­ciates with Benny Walker’s firm of Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra ef­fec­tive Nov. 1.

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