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Denver-area advisory firm Stratagem joins Wipfli

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Wipfli, one of the top 20 accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., announced today that the partners and associates of Denver-based Stratagem have joined the firm effective Jan. 1. This transaction will add 56 Stratagem employees to the firm’s Denver-area presence, making Wipfli the 11th largest CPA firm in the Denver area.

“Colorado’s marketplace is booming due to a high concentration of professionals, incubators and accelerators that encourage business growth, and significant venture capital investments in the market. As a firm that focuses on serving growing privately held businesses in a variety of industries, Wipfli views Colorado as one of our key markets for geographic expansion. Stratagem is an esteemed firm that has served Colorado’s businesses for several decades and our firms have strong synergy in the industries we serve, which makes this an excellent fit,” said Kurt Gresens, Wipfli’s managing partner. “The addition of Stratagem will provide our firm with additional breadth and depth of resources to do even more for Colorado businesses and individuals in the future.”

Wipfli first expanded into the Denver market in February 2018, when Denver-based Bauerle and Company, a CPA and consulting firm with 80 professionals in two Colorado locations, joined Wipfli.  

Founded in 1983, Lakewood, Colorado-based Stratagem provides advisory, accounting and tax services to hundreds of privately held businesses and individuals in the state of Colorado with focuses on serving construction and real estate businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and high-net-worth individuals. The firm’s success was recently recognized when Stratagem was named one of Inside Public Accounting’s 2018 Best of the Best accounting firms because of the firm’s superior financial and operational results.

Stratagem Chief Executive Officer Paul Leroue said, “A hallmark for Stratagem that has driven our firm’s success has been the exceptional service we provide to our clients to help them achieve success. By joining Wipfli, a firm with a similar service philosophy and reputation, we will have access to the firm’s national resources and broader capabilities to offer our clients, while continuing to provide them with the personal service that they expect from our firm. It will also provide our employees with enhanced training and professional development opportunities as they progress in their careers. We are very excited for all that we will be able to do for our clients as we move forward as Wipfli.”

Following the effective date, the firm will have more than 2,400 associates and 51 offices.