GBQ

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Firm Timeline

1953

Morris W. Groner moves from New York to Columbus to establish his own accounting firm. His first associate is his wife Ruth and his first office is on East Main Street.

1957

Jack Boyle (from Price Waterhouse) joins Morris in practice.

1966

Ron Quillin (from Ernst & Ernst) joins Morris and Jack and the firm name evolves to Groner Boyle & Quillin.

1969

Firm purchases building and moves offices to 957 East Broad.

1976

GBQ produces first newsletter, brochure and radio ad.

1979

Jack Boyle is named firm’s first official Managing Partner.

1980

GBQ helps form Practice Management Associates, one of the first practice management associations in the country for CPA firms.

Morris Groner retires from the firm.

1981

GBQ begins delivery of green bagels on St. Patrick’s Day.

1985

Firm admits first female Partner, Kathy Nunamaker.

1986

Firm joins the DFK Association.

1990

Firm moves its office to 500 South Front Street in Columbus’ Brewery District.

1991

Jack Boyle retires and Ron Quillin is named Managing Partner.

1995

GBQ organizes and sponsors the first Goodwill Great Balls of Fire Golf Tournament.

1996

Ron Quillin retires and Wade Kozich is named Managing Director.

GBQ becomes independent member of the BDO Alliance USA.

Firm acquires Columbus office of Cleveland firm, Meaden & Moore.

1998

Firm adds 10 associates from the Columbus office of Cleveland firm, Ciuni & Panichi.

1999

Firm name is officially changed from Groner Boyle & Quillin to GBQ Partners LLC.

2000

Firm honored by Goodwill Columbus at the Extraordinary People Luncheon.

Mark LaPlace named Chair of the Board of the Ohio Society of CPAs.

2000

GBQ is named one of the Top 25 ‘Best of the Best’ Accounting Firms in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting would go on to receive the award again in , 2001, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

2002

Firm wins Business First’s Corporate Caring Award.

2003

GBQ celebrates 50 years in business.

2004

Firm hires first Director of Business Development.

2005

GBQ Partners reorganizes forming GBQ Holdings and four subsidiaries.

GBQ Consulting officially organizes and launches, providing valuation and litigation support services.

2006

GBQ surpasses 100 associates for the first time in firm’s history.

2007

GBQ is named a Business First ‘Best Place to Work’ in central Ohio. Remains on the list for the next seven consecutive years.

GBQ launches Redbank Advisors, a management consulting division.

GBQ acquires valuation arm of Goelzer Investment Banking of Indianapolis, IN, establishing the firm’s first office outside of Ohio.

2008

GBQ Capital formed to provide merger & acquisition services.

Firm moves its offices from the 500 S. Front Street building to new space at 230 West Street in Columbus’ Arena District.

GBQ ranks #1 on the Business First ‘Best Places to Work’ in Central Ohio.

2010

Darci Congrove is named Managing Director.

GBQ named a Business First ‘Best Place to Work’ in Central Ohio.

GBQ is named a Top 200 Accounting Firm in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting.

2011

Firm acquires Condit and Associates LLC.

GBQ is named a Top 200 Accounting Firm and a Top Five Fastest-Growing firm in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting.

2012

GBQ opens consulting offices in Philadelphia, New York and Cincinnati.

2013

GBQ celebrates 60 years in business!

GBQ is named “Best Accounting Firm” by Columbus C.E.O. magazine for the fourth consecutive year.

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