Stewart Archibald & Barney, Las Vegas’ sixth largest accounting firm, and RubinBrown LLP, the nation’s 45th largest accounting and business consulting firm, are joining together effective June 1, 2017. This combination will bring together more than 600 team members working from offices in Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville and St. Louis. John F. Herber, Jr., CPA, CGMA, chairman, RubinBrown LLP and Glenn L. Goodnough, CPA, managing partner, Stewart Archibald & Barney (SAB) made the joint announcement. 
According to Herber, the Las Vegas market was appealing not only for the thriving business climate, but also the strategic platform it will provide for RubinBrown’s national gaming practice.  “Over the past decade, RubinBrown has become a leading provider of assurance and consulting services to gaming regulators and operators nationally.  This provides us `boots on the ground’ for our commercial gaming clientele in Las Vegas, as well as the tribal market in the Southwest,” explained Herber.
RubinBrown’s gaming practice is currently led by Brandon Loeschner, CPA, CISA, CGMA and Daniel Holmes, CPA, CIA, CGMA and focuses on adding value through a deep understanding of gaming regulations with a focus on providing efficient, effective, and sustainable compliance programs. The practice currently provides audit, tax, and consulting services to commercial and tribal casinos, state lotteries, and online gaming operators. 
Goodnough explained, “The combination of RubinBrown and SAB will provide many advantages as we will gain the gaming expertise possessed by RubinBrown while also expanding the services and resources to our clients in the Las Vegas market.”  Through RubinBrown’s longtime affiliation with BakerTilly International, SAB’s clients will also have access to international expertise.  Goodnough further expressed, “We are excited for our firms’ combination to accelerate our growth while providing opportunities to offer new expertise, value, and resources to our respective clients,”
SAB and RubinBrown share a common history and culture that is founded upon client service. “We are proud of our rich heritage and the service we have provided to our clients for more than 60 years.  Our culture aligns well with SAB’s where client relationships are revered and superior quality and service is a top priority,” said Herber.
Goodnough will continue in his current role as managing partner of the Las Vegas office. In addition, each of the nearly 60 other team members of SAB will all continue with the expanded RubinBrown.
Herber also announced the relocation of Daniel Holmes and his wife Jessica Holmes, CPA from St. Louis to the Las Vegas office. Daniel will serve as a partner and co-practice leader for RubinBrown’s gaming practice, focusing on expansion in the Las Vegas market.  Jessica will serve in RubinBrown’s Business Advisory Services Group as a manager with a focus on data analytics and consulting services for the western United States. 
Loeschner and Holmes expressed their excitement for RubinBrown’s expansion into the Las Vegas market as this achieves multiple long-term strategic priorities established to grow RubinBrown’s gaming practice. Loeschner further explained, “With Daniel and Jessica in the Las Vegas market, combined with the resources of SAB, we now have a physical presence in the world’s gaming capitol and the ability to further our contributions to the gaming industry.”