Crow Shields Bailey Merger Featured in ASCPA Magazine

ASCPA May coverCrow Shields Bailey (CSB) managing partner Kenny Crow, CPA, authored an article about our recent merger experience with McKean and Associates for the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) magazine. As the number of CPA firm combinations continues to increase, our team wanted to offer advice to other firms on how to make similar partnerships successful.

Crow described five merger steps using the analogy of uniting in a marriage of ideals, including leadership buy in, timing, the onboarding process, transition challenges and the long-term benefits of merging.

“I feel it is imperative for our firm to continue growing. Growth, resulting from healthy mergers, enables us to recruit new talent, retain key team members and provide quality client service” said Crow. Read the full article in ASCPA’s May/June issue.


Crow Shields Bailey Organizes Student Imagine Leadership Conference

StudentsCrow Shields Bailey (CSB) hosted their inaugural IMAGINE LEADERSHIP conference for college sophomores and juniors on May 9 at the CSB Mobile office and Delta Five Rivers Resource Center.

During the two-day conference, students had the opportunity to meet the CSB team and learn about key elements of leadership: values, vision and voice in launching their professional careers.

Accounting students from across the area attended the workshops and were inspired by our four outstanding guest speakers:

  • Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson
  • Grant Zarzour, orthopedic surgery resident at USA Medical Center
  • Pete Peters, chartered financial consultant at Financial Strategies
  • Taylor Norton, president at South Shore Insurance Agency

We are already excited to start planning our 2017 Imagine Leadership Conference to mentor the next generation of rising stars in the accounting industry.


Crow Shields Bailey Announces Membership with McGladrey Alliance



To Our Valued Clients and Friends:

Crow Shields Bailey PC is proud to announce that we have joined McGladrey Alliance, a national premier affiliation of independent accounting and consulting firms, effective November 1, 2015.

Our leadership team accepted a McGladrey Alliance membership to better serve our clients by accessing financial resources, leadership training and professional development programs.

McGladrey Alliance’s national network of firms spans over 38 states, and allows members like us to leverage the infrastructure of the country’s fifth largest provider of audit, tax and consulting services, but maintain our local ownership, autonomy and maintenance of valued client relationships. This membership gives Crow Shields Bailey the shared resources of a national practice, while allowing us to remain your locally-owned accounting firm with offices in Mobile, Daphne and Gulf Shores.

Following the announcement earlier this year of our merger with McKean & Associates, P.A., Crow Shields Bailey is in an even greater position to enhance our client services and provide our team members with professional development opportunities through its McGladrey Alliance membership.

We will offer the same dependable services, but commit to better supporting your financial needs through an increased range of technical tools, expertise and practice management resources.

Should you have any questions concerning the affiliation, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our team to discuss. We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to serve you.


Kenny Crow, Jr.
Managing Partner
Crow Shields Bailey

McGladrey Alliance is a premier affiliation of independent accounting and consulting firms. McGladrey Alliance member firms are separate and independent businesses and legal entities that are responsible for their own acts and omissions, and each are separate and independent from RSM US LLP.

Photo caption: Crow Shields Bailey PC Partners (Top Row L to R) Vivian Chateau, CPA; Colleen Keleher, CPA; Kristi Daughtery, CPA; Gina McKellar, CPA, CVA; Gray McDermott, CPA; John Shields, CPA; (Bottom Row L to R) Ann Broughton, CPA; Cindy Rathle, CPA; Kenny Crow, CPA; Joey Bailey, CPA

Crow Shields Bailey Announces Merger with McKean & Associates P.A.


Crow Shields Bailey PC is proud to announce our merger with local accounting firm, McKean & Associates P.A. The combined firm will operate under the name Crow Shields Bailey PC, and employ more than 40 team members to provide professional accounting, tax and consulting services to clients throughout the Gulf Coast.

This merger is part of our strategic growth plan to allow us to better support our client and team needs. Both Crow Shields Bailey and McKean & Associates share similar values and are committed to providing unparalleled customer support. By combining our talents and resources, Crow Shields Bailey will be in a greater position to enhance our client services, provide our team members with long-term career opportunities and impact our local communities.

Joining Crow Shields Bailey’s existing leadership team includes McKean & Associates Principals Cindy Rathle, CPA, and Ann Broughton, CPA. Cindy specializes in personal and business income tax, estate and gift tax returns, as well as small business accounting and consulting. Ann brings thirty years experience to our firm and specializes in accounting and auditing for small businesses, with expertise in not-for-profit entities, medical practices and employee benefit plans.

In addition, we welcome five talented McKean & Associates professionals to our team: Teresa J. Ernest, CPA, Scott Eastman, CPA, Lori Blum, Kay Reed and Sharon Hunter. The firm’s combined staff will continue to service our dedicated clients from our Mobile headquarters and other offices located in Daphne and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

This merger will allow Crow Shields Bailey to ultimately expand our specialized services and diversify our clients’ financial support opportunities moving forward. This unprecedented growth for our firm will further our commitment to helping current and future clients reach their financial goals.

Should you have any questions concerning the merger, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our team to discuss. We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to serve you.


Kenny Crow, Jr.
Managing Partner
Crow Shields Bailey