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