KerberRose announces merger with Antigo firm

Merger adds 19 employees to company

Leader Staff

Shawano tax, accounting and business advisory firm KerberRose has announced a merger between its firm and the Antigo firm of Brettingen, Smits, Novak and Bastle.

The merger went into effect Jan. 1.

The Brettingen firm has served the Antigo business community for the past 47 years. The four stockholders of the Brettingen firm will become stockholders of KerberRose as part of the merger agreement. The Brettingen firm has a total of 19 staff members.

Following the merger, KerberRose will employ a staff of 142 which includes 50 certified public accountants. KerberRose, which started with one office in Shawano in 1979, has 10 offices covering northeast and north central Wisconsin.

“In smaller communities, you have to be a general practitioner for your clients. It’s hard to be everything to everyone,”said David Kerber, managing shareholder of KerberRose.

“The growth of the firm over the last 40 years has allowed us to expand our services beyond the traditional services of accounting, auditing and tax preparation,” he said. “The growth has provided opportunities for our staff to specialize in areas such as business valuation services, estate and retirement planning, business advisory services, technology solutions and wealth management services. It has also allowed our staff the opportunity to focus on certain industries, such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture, non-profits and governmental.”

Kerber said the the key to the firm’s success has been the ability to attract talent and other firms with a similar culture into the group.

“The Brettingen firm is a perfect example,” he said. “They bring a lot of experience and talent to our firm. We are pleased to have a firm as highly respected as the Brettingen firm join our team and we look forward to serving the Antigo community and remaining a valued community partner.”