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Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. Announces Strategic Expansion with theInclusion of J.M. O’Brien & Co., P.C.

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Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. Announces Strategic Expansion with theInclusion of J.M. O’Brien & Co., P.C.


Holyoke, Massachusetts (December 1, 2023) — Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. (MBK), a premier accounting
firm in Western Massachusetts, is proud to announce a significant expansion of its practice
through the inclusion of J.M. O’Brien & Co., P.C., a highly respected firm with three decades of
distinguished service in the region. This expansion occurs as MBK celebrates its 75th
anniversary, marking another milestone in its legacy of excellence and client service.
Strategic Growth: Enhanced Service and Expertise
Bringing J.M. O’Brien & Co. to MBK signifies a strategic move towards growth and expansion in
the accounting industry of Western Massachusetts. MBK stands to benefit from the influx of
new talent and a broader resource pool, enriching the firm’s already substantial depth of
resources. The merger is particularly advantageous for MBK’s tax services, which will be able to
leverage J.M. O’Brien’s extensive expertise to enhance its range of tax-related services. “I had
the pleasure of working with Jay for almost ten years when we both were at the former
Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in Springfield. I am very excited to work with him again. This
prior experience with him gives me great confidence in the quality of his team,” said Partner,
Kris Houghton.
Leadership and staff from both firms have already started to unite, fostering camaraderie at
various mixers and the annual tax training sessions, indicating that the integration of the two
entities is set to be a smooth transition. Partner Kristi Reale shared, “This partnership is rooted
in a shared culture and similar client base, ensuring a seamless integration of J.M. O’Brien into MBK’s operations”. Jay O’Brien echoed this sentiment, “Having known and worked with
members of MBK over the years, we collectively bring a great resource of professional
experience, a depth of professional knowledge in many aspects of servicing our client base and
potential clients”. With the added depth of knowledge and resources, MBK is well-positioned
to offer a broader range of specialized services, including advanced tax planning and
compliance, audit and assurance services, and business consulting.
Commitment to the Future
Looking ahead, MBK is better equipped than ever to serve the evolving needs of its clients for
generations to come. “This move will allow MBK to increase our depth of resources within the
firm, adding to the value of service that we strive to provide our clients. Both firms are built
around the core values of people, culture, community and service, making the addition of the
J.M. O’Brien staff a great fit and addition to the MBK team,” said Senior Manager, Matt Nash.
Further, the integration underscores MBK’s dedication to ensuring stability and succession
planning. Partner Jim Krupienski shared, “Celebrating our 75th anniversary, succession is always
at front of mind at MBK. Not only will this alliance help to solidify the succession for the team
and clients of JOB but allow MBK to strengthen its own team and resources for future success”.
Rudy D’Agostino, Partner added, “At MBK, our goal is to remain independent and ensure that
the next generation of leaders are being developed to continue as a local independent firm
offering a full array of services to businesses and individuals. The addition of team members
from JM O’Brien will assist in our succession process over the next 5 to 7 years”.
This strategic move signifies MBK’s largest scale of expansion since the pivotal merger of 2004,
marking a significant milestone in the firm’s trajectory towards continued growth and
excellence. Partner, Howard Cheney stated, “I’m really looking forward to adding their
experience and expertise to our team and building upon the reputation that Jay has developed
over his years in practice with his firm”
MBK steadfastly upholds its enduring mission that has distinguished the firm for 75 years: to offer unwavering depth and quality in its team for every client, to consistently deliver superior work products, and to apply its extensive experience to effectively address the accounting and financial objectives of its clients.

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