Former Grant Thornton tax duo, Bob Soza and Stephen Creed, launch new tax advisory service for Mariner Holdings

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Mariner Holdings, an independent financial services firm and the parent company of Mariner Wealth Advisors and Montage Investments, has announced the launch of Mariner Consulting.

Mariner Consulting is a tax advisory affiliate that provides comprehensive compliance services, proactive, creative tax consulting and year-round tax planning for a wide range of clients.

Led by managing partners Robert (Bob) Soza, CPA, and Stephen Creed (pictured), CPA,  and with offices in Leawood, Kansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mariner Consulting plans to expand to other markets where Mariner Holdings has a presence.

Bob Soza was a tax partner with Arthur Andersen in Tulsa, where he worked for 32 years. In 2009 he joined Grant Thornton as a tax partner and later retired from the Firm. Steve Creed also worked with Grant Thornton in Tulsa, where he was a director within the tax group.

According to Martin C. Bicknell, chief executive officer of Mariner Holdings, “The launch of Mariner Consulting is in direct response to feedback we’ve received from our clients that they require additional assistance with tax planning and advice related to tax strategies. We could not be more thrilled to welcome to our firm Bob, Stephen and the rest of the Mariner Consulting team. These are established industry professionals who will provide our clients with personalized services designed specifically to meet their needs. In addition, we look forward to bringing additional professionals on board and supporting them with leading benefits and resources to ensure they are in a position to provide exceptional services to our clients.”

“I am thrilled to be a part of launching Mariner Consulting with Mariner Holdings,” said Bob Soza. “Mariner has an excellent track record of delivering unique solutions to meet clients’ specific needs and that is what we strive to do from a tax standpoint. It is an exciting time for our associates and our clients, as we actively enhance both our services and our team. I look forward to what the future holds.”


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