Four Capital-area accounting firms are among the nation’s top 100 firms in terms of revenue.

The 2017 edition of Accounting Today’s annual list of the top 100 firms in the country includes Kearney & Co., of Alexandria, Va., at No. 31; Aronson of Rockville, Md., at No. 75, Raffa of Washington, D.C., at No. 82; and SC&H Group of Sparks, Md., at No, 83.

In the Capital Region (consisting of Delaware; Maryland; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and West Virginia), the top firms for 2017 are:

  • Kearney & Co., Alexandria, Va.
  • Aronson, Rockville, Md.
  • Raffa, Washington D.C.
  • SC&H Group, Sparks, Md.
  • PB Mares, Newport News, Va.
  • Arnett Carbis Toothman, Carleston, W. Va.
  • Brown, Edwards & Co., Roanoke, Va.
  • Cotton & Co., Alexandria, Va.
  • Johnson Lambert, Vienna, Va.
  • Keiter, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Calibre CPA Group, Bethesda, Md.
  • Hertzbach & Co., Owings Mills, Md.
  • Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, Bethesda, Md.
  • Young, Hyde & Barbour, Winchester, Va.
  • Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, Baltimore
  • Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., Hagerstown, Md.
  • KatzAbosch, Timonium, Md.
  • RS&F, Owings Mills, Md.

There is very little change at the top of Accounting Today’s list. The names of the top 25 firms haven’t changed since last year, though the rankings are slightly different.

2017 2016 Firm Location
1 1 Deloitte New York
2 2 PwC New York
3 3 Ernst & Young New York
4 4 KPMG New York
5 5 RSM US Chicago
6 6 Grant Thornton Chicago
7 7 BDO USA Chicago
8 8 Crowe Horwath Chicago
9 9 CliftonLarsonAllen NA
10 10 CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann Cleveland
11 11 CohnReznick New York
12 12 BKD Springfield, Mo.
13 14 Moss Adams Seattle
14 13 Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Chicago
15 15 Plante Moran Southfield, Mich.
16 16 Marcum New York
17 17 Dixon Hughes Goodman Charlotte, N.C.
18 18 EisnerAmper New York
19 19 Eide Bailly Fargo, N.D.
20 21 Carr, Riggs & Ingram Enterprise, Ala.
21 22 Citrin Cooperman & Co. New York
22 20 Wipfli Milwaukee
23 24 Armanino San Ramon, Calif.
24 23 Mazars USA New York
25 25 Cherry Bekaert Richmond, Va.

 

And what issues are keeping these issues up at night?

According to Accounting Today, the top challenge facing this year’s biggest firms is recruiting and retaining top talent, “both to staff current engagements and to prepare for future successions.”

That should come as no surprise to anyone who is trying to run a CPA firm.

“In professional services, you are only as good as your people,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA and a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs. “Therefore, people will always be the most critical issue in our industry.”

Talent tops the list, but business growth and development also is keeping leaders of top firms up at night. With more firms feeling the pressure to grow, industry consolidation through mergers and acquisitions will undoubtedly continue in the near future.

Among the other issues with which the nation’s top firms are dealing:

  • Innovation: “It is the lifeblood of a CPA firm’s culture that is committed to growth,” says Mark Stebbins, vice chair and tax practice leader at Freed Maxick in Buffalo, N.Y. Adds Andy Armanino, managing partner of Armanino in San Ramon, Calif.: “Innovation is in many ways tied to growth. If a firm remains stagnant and isn’t looking for ways to innovate, it will quickly lose market share.
  • Developing specialties / competitive advantages, particularly in areas like HR consulting, risk advisory services, cybersecurity and client accounting services.

Read the complete Accounting Today report here.

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