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Blue & Co., LLC partially acquires Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC

Louisville, KY (November 5, 2021) – The accounting and consulting firms of Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC (Louisville) and Blue & Co., LLC have announced their partial acquisition, effective January 1, 2022.

This acquisition will provide Blue & Co., LLC with increased market share in the Louisville area, while acquiring additional personnel to focus on complementary service areas and niche industry markets.

“We are excited to welcome M. Kristin and Joe Stuedle and their team from Stuedle, Spears & Company to the Blue & Co.” said, Brad Shaw, managing director of Blue & Co., LLC. “Kristin and Joe bring deep relationships within the Louisville community and a strong passion for serving their clients. Blue & Co. is always looking for opportunities to grow our organization with like-minded professionals that share our firm values of Responsive, Caring and Advocates.”

Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC’s Partner M. Kristin Stuedle and Principal Joseph A. Stuedle will join Blue & Co. in the Blue & Co. Louisville office.

Kristin and Joe Stuedle have more than 75 years of combined public accounting experience as tax consultants. Joe started a public accounting firm nearly 50 years ago with his late wife, Mary. Kristin worked for three Fortune 500 companies before joining the firm in 1999 where she ultimately acted as the managing partner.

The Stuedles provide consulting and tax compliance services to pass-through entities, trusts and individuals. Both have significant experience serving businesses in a wide range of industries and focus their practice on closely-held businesses as well as personal income tax and planning.

“I’m thrilled we will merge at the beginning of the year,” said Kristin Stuedle, “For me, the connection with Blue was instant when we shared our beliefs on how clients should be treated, and from there I knew we could make this work. My clients will hopefully see more timely results and communication, as well as benefit from additional value-added services that Blue can offer.

“I couldn’t be more excited – it’s truly Blue skies ahead!”

The combined staff of Blue & Co. and Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC will total more than 450 professionals in 10 offices across 3 states.

About Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC

Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC is a full-service CPA firm based in Louisville, KY, that offers individual, partnership, corporate, trust, estate and gift tax returns, as well as all attest services from compilation to reviews to audits.

About Blue and Co.

Blue & Co., LLC is an independent accounting and advisory firm with more than 450 people in 10 offices across Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. With more than 50 years in operation, Blue & Co.’s public accounting expertise includes the practice areas of assurance, tax compliance and consulting, healthcare consulting, benefit plan services, cybersecurity and data management, valuation and litigation support, and business services. Its industry specializations include manufacturing & distribution, healthcare, construction, nonprofit, technology, financial services organizations, beverage, and agribusiness. For more information, please visit www.blueandco.com.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What additional services does Blue provide that I wasn’t able to get with Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC?

Through our affiliates and strategic partnerships, clients at Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC will have access to new services such as:

  • Risk management
  • Wealth management services,
  • General ledger/accounts payable services
  • Professional employment organization services (PEO)
  • Retirement plan management services
  • Investment banking
  • Merger & Acquisitions consulting

How will this merger benefit my organization?

Blue & Co is able to offer additional resources not available to Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC including additional experts, resources and technology.

With more than 450 employees in 10 offices, our experts have specializations in the areas of manufacturing & distribution, healthcare, construction, nonprofit, technology, financial services organizations, beverage, and agribusiness.

Why are you merging?

We are partially acquiring the practice of Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC because we believe together we can better serve and address our customer’s needs and challenges through our similar values and a shared client-service philosophy.

We are aware that today’s customers are seeking actionable solutions. Together, Blue & Co. LLC, and Stuedle, Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC can provide greater expertise in the areas of financial consulting, tax, audit, and a wide array of advisory services, to serve our diverse industry markets.

Will my contact stay the same?

Your contact person at Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC may change. Our goal is to maintain the same contact person you are used to working with; however, if there is a change in your contact within the firm, multiple communications will be provided and a virtual or in-person introduction will be scheduled.

Will my rates stay the same?

Rates may vary. Any potential change will be evaluated in the future on a client-by-client basis.

Are you moving locations?

Employees who will be coming over in the partial merger will begin working alongside their Blue & Co. team in the Louisville, KY office effective January 3, 2022.

The address of this new location will be 2650 Eastpoint Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40223, US. This office can be reached at 502-992-3500.

Why should I stay through the merger? I am worried about being lost in a big company.

At Blue & Co., LLC, your success is our success. We pride ourselves on bringing the same personalized attention as smaller firms with the additional resources that can deliver you results faster and more efficiently.

Visit our about us page to learn more.

Who is Blue & Co., LLC?

Blue & Co., LLC is an independent accounting and advisory firm with more than 450 people in 10 offices across Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. With more than 50 years in operation, Blue & Co.’s public accounting expertise includes the practice areas of assurance, tax compliance and consulting, healthcare consulting, benefit plan services, cybersecurity and data management, valuation and litigation support, and business services. Its industry specializations include manufacturing & distribution, healthcare, construction, nonprofit, technology, financial services organizations, beverage, and agribusiness. For more information, please visit www.blueandco.com.

Who is Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC.?

Stuedle, Spears, & Company PSC is a full-service CPA firm based in Louisville, KY, that offers individual, partnership, corporate, trust, estate and gift tax returns, as well as all attest services from compilation to reviews to audits.

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