Location: Matthews, NC
Industry: Professional services
BUCKING THE TREND
LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC is a public accounting firm specializing in outsourced accounting, tax, audit, and mergers and acquisitions. “We want our clients to be able to do more of the things they want to do, both personally and professionally,” says co-managing member John Bly. “To take things off their plate and make them more successful, we sit on the same side of the table with them and become an integral part of their business.”
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LBA has grown significantly through acquisitions, completing 11 in 11 years. As a result, the firm has expanded from two to 70 people. “Additionally, while many competitors hid in bunkers during the recession, we did the opposite. We went out and hired our first full-time marketing person in 2009, during the bottom of the recession, spending on marketing and advertising while others slashed budgets,” says Bly. This allowed LBA to continue on its growth trajectory even as many other firms shrank in size. Going forward, Bly hopes to build LBA into an industry expert in categories including assurance, tax, valuations and financial planning.