Ryan & Company Expands Network with Acquisition of JohnBernard, LLC.

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Ryan & Company, America’s largest independent state & local tax consulting firm, has announced that it has acquired JohnBernard LLC, the leading state & local tax consulting firm in the Midwest United States. The Boards of Directors of both companies unanimously approved the transaction on Wednesday. The Company headquarters, based in Royal Oak, Michigan, will serve as the Midwest regional headquarters for Ryan & Company.

JohnBernard founders, John Polizzi and Bernie Johnson, join Ryan & Company as Principals, with John Polizzi remaining in charge of JohnBernard service delivery operations. The JohnBernard team of professionals and associates joins the growing national network of Ryan & Company and establishes Ryan & Company as the leading state & local tax consulting firm in the Midwest. In addition to the Royal Oak location, the transaction will add locations in Lansing, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio; and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada for Ryan & Company. After the transaction, Ryan & Company will have approximately 540 professionals and associates in 25 North American locations, serving clients in the United States and Canada.

“The JohnBernard acquisition brings immediate market leadership to Ryan & Company in the Midwest,” said G. Brint Ryan, Managing Principal of Ryan & Company. “John and Bernie have built an incredibly talented team, and we are very excited that they are now part of Ryan & Company. With our two firms coming together, our strength in the Midwest is unsurpassed.”

“The market-driven nature of this transaction was obvious to us from the beginning,” said John Polizzi, Chief Executive Officer of JohnBernard. “We have strong shared values, including our focus on client service and our commitment to workplace environments that provide great career opportunities for all employees. We are delighted to be part of Ryan & Company, and we look forward to continuing the success of the Firm throughout North America.”

About JohnBernard

JohnBernard, headquartered in Royal Oak, Michigan, provides tax services in the United States and Canada in the following areas: Sales and Use Tax, Property Tax, Employment Tax, Canadian Commodity Tax, Motor Fuels Tax, and Automated Tax and Operational Systems Services. With more than 60 professionals and associates in five locations, JohnBernard is the leading tax services firm in the Midwest United States.

About Ryan & Company

Ryan & Company is America’s largest independent state & local tax consulting firm. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides a comprehensive range of state & local tax services on a multistate basis, including audit defense, tax recovery, tax decision automation, dispute resolution, and strategic planning. With more than 475 professionals and associates in 21 locations throughout the United States, Ryan & Company serves many of the world’s most prominent Fortune 1000 companies.

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