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Ryan & Company Expands Network with Acquisition of JohnBernard, LLC

Press Release Sep 05, 2006

Dallas, Texas - Ryan & Company, America’s largest independent state & local tax consulting firm, today announced that it has acquired JohnBernard LLC, the leading state & local tax consulting firm in the Midwest United States. The Boards of Directors of both companies unanimously approved the transaction on Wednesday. The Company headquarters, based in Royal Oak, Michigan, will serve as the Midwest regional headquarters for Ryan & Company.

JohnBernard founders, John Polizzi and Bernie Johnson, join Ryan & Company as Principals, with John Polizzi remaining in charge of JohnBernard service delivery operations. The JohnBernard team of professionals and associates joins the growing national network of Ryan & Company and establishes Ryan & Company as the leading state & local tax consulting firm in the Midwest. In addition to the Royal Oak location, the transaction will add locations in Lansing, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio; and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada for Ryan & Company. After the transaction, Ryan & Company will have approximately 540 professionals and associates in 25 North American locations, serving clients in the United States and Canada.

“The JohnBernard acquisition brings immediate market leadership to Ryan & Company in the Midwest,” said G. Brint Ryan, Managing Principal of Ryan & Company. “John and Bernie have built an incredibly talented team, and we are very excited that they are now part of Ryan & Company. With our two firms coming together, our strength in the Midwest is unsurpassed.”

“The market-driven nature of this transaction was obvious to us from the beginning,” said John Polizzi, Chief Executive Officer of JohnBernard. “We have strong shared values, including our focus on client service and our commitment to workplace environments that provide great career opportunities for all employees. We are delighted to be part of Ryan & Company, and we look forward to continuing the success of the Firm throughout North America.”

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 4,800 professionals and associates serves over 30,000 clients in more than 80 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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