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Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP and John W. Clegg & Company Announce Merger

Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP has strengthened its position as one of the largest independent accounting firms and trusted business advisors in the region. Alongside John W. Clegg & Company, the Providence-based firm today announced the merger of their accounting and business consultancy practices. The combined firms will operate under the Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP brand.

Effective November 1, 2018 — the merger is a leap forward for both companies in their shared pursuit of increasing capabilities without compromising independence and autonomy. The merger brings Sansiveri’s workforce up to over 60 employees and is expected to build upon the strong foundation that John W. Clegg & Company had established over the past 57 years.

“The addition of John W. Clegg & Company’s talented team reinforces our ability to provide top-notch service and performance to the numerous businesses and organizations in the region,” stated Jason DaPonte, Sansiveri’s Managing Partner. “We’ve taken a hard look at John W. Clegg & Company, and we know that together we can innovate in several key areas and core competencies, as well as maintain Sansiveri’s commitment to stay locally owned, controlled, and managed — like so many of the clients we serve.”

The deal strengthens Sansiveri’s presence in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. The leadership team at John W. Clegg & Company said the merger will bolster its commitment to the highest standards of quality, professionalism, and performance. In addition, merging into Sansiveri offers the scale, capabilities, and access to a wide range of resources needed to remain viable and better serve its clients long-term.

“Sansiveri’s leadership team and associates have a deep respect for who we are, our history, and where we want to go,” stated Dennis C. DiBenedetto, John W. Clegg & Company’s Partner. “This merger represents a vision that we’ve held for many years: to be able to do more — and to continue do better — for our clients.”

Here’s what to expect over time as the two companies integrate:

  • The combined firm will be headquartered at Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP’s current location, located at 50 Holden Street in Providence — while maintaining John W. Clegg & Company’s current location for the foreseeable future
  • Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP will continue to expand its business advisory and integrated accounting services to clients throughout Southeastern New England, create jobs, and preserve its commitment to remain independent
  • Jason DaPonte will continue to lead Sansiveri as Managing Partner, with Dennis C. DiBenedetto and Frederick K. Uttley of John W. Clegg & Company joining the team as Partners

“We are thrilled to welcome the employees and clients of John W. Clegg & Company to Sansiveri,” concluded DaPonte. “We are looking forward to what lies ahead and will continue to work together to support the livelihood and vitality of the ones we serve.”


Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP has added two new partners as a result of the merger:


Dennis C. DiBenedetto, CPA/PFS, CFP®

Dennis has been in public accounting, focusing on emerging and closely-held business clients since 1976. His responsibilities include managing accounting engagements and tax planning and compliance for corporate, partnership, and individual tax clients. Dennis counsels clients as a strategic advisor to structure transactions and maximize the use of the ever-changing federal and state laws to minimize tax liabilities. Prior to joining Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP as a partner in 2018, Dennis was a partner with John W. Clegg & Company since 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

Frederick K. Uttley, CPA/PFS, MST, CFP®

Fred has been in public accounting, focusing on emerging and closely-held business for over thirty years. His responsibilities include managing accounting engagements and tax planning and compliance for corporate, partnership, and individual tax clients. Fred serves as a trusted advisor to his clients to assist them in structuring transactions and maximize the use of the ever-changing federal and state laws to minimize tax liabilities. Prior to joining Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP as a partner in 2018, Fred was a partner with John W. Clegg & Company since 1990 and a tax manager at KPMG.

 

 

 

 

Additionally, Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP has added the rest of the former Clegg team in its entirety:

  • James R. Walsh
  • Kathleen J. Craddock
  • Martha R. Sechio
  • Debra L. Perretta
  • Ashley A. O’Rourke
  • Maria G. Dutra
  • Sally A. Gilheeney

 

About Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP

Since 1975, Sansiveri has been providing audit, accounting, forensic, financial planning, valuation, tax, strategic planning, and business counsel to businesses and their management teams throughout Southeastern New England. Sansiveri has grown to be one of the largest locally owned and managed independent accounting firms in the region and is a respected business partner to its diverse client base.