Reinsel Kuntz Lesher grows with additional partnersBrent Burkey
Growth has come so quickly for the midstate certified public accounting and business consulting firm Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP that it already is at capacity at the York County office it moved into at the beginning of this month.
"It filled up a lot more quickly than we anticipated," CEO Ed Monborne said. "And that's a good problem to have."
The firm, known as RKL, had previously served the York market but officially put boots on the ground in York County in 2010, when the firm merged with Philip R. Friedman & Associates, he said.
Through the deal, it acquired three partners, 18 additional employees and its first midstate office west of the Susquehanna River.
Today, about 80 people work out of the new York office on Concord Road in Springettsbury Township, Monborne said. Luckily, there might be some additional space on the same floor to rent, he said.
During the past year, six partners from the York office of Philadelphia-based ParenteBeard have joined RKL, including the recent additions of new partners Rob Berkebile, Keith L.
Eldredge, Robert D. Gantz and Duane E. Moyer, the company said.
They are bringing to the firm a significant number of additional clients, Monborne said.
RKL also has main offices in Lancaster and Berks counties, a smaller office in Harrisburg and locations mostly for its information technology subsidiary in Virginia and Massachusetts, Monborne said.
Overall, the firm has 39 partners and about 250 additional employees, he said.
In keeping with the firm's philosophy of local decision-making, there is no one spot considered a corporate office, Monborne said.
"Nobody has to call up to the mother ship," he said. "There isn't this big corporate structure or hierarchy."
The ability to make decisions locally and have greater flexibility was a big reason Berkebile said he decided to come to RKL from ParenteBeard. Berkebile spent 27 years with ParenteBeard and predecessor firms, including 15 as a partner.
It is a great firm, but RKL is a better fit for him, said Berkebile, who was born and raised in York County and went to Shippensburg University.
ParenteBeard released a statement saying that it wishes its former partners and team members nothing but the best and that it remains deeply committed to the York community and the entire Central Pennsylvania business community.
Part of RKL's appeal to new partners, Monborne said, might be that it is an organization committed to local markets with those local decision-making processes, and it does not intend to move beyond the market niche that has served it well.
While it does serve clients nationwide, most are concentrated in or near the midstate, he said.
"We aren't in Philly, we aren't in Baltimore, nor do we have any aspirations to be in those markets (with locations)," he said.