Kenny Crow Appointed to President’s Cabinet at the University of Alabama

Crow Shields Bailey Managing Partner Kenny Crow has been appointed to the President’s Cabinet at The University of Alabama.

According to the University, “The President’s Cabinet functions as an advisory group whose responsibility includes providing the president with information on community needs, engaging in a free exchange of ideas, assisting the President by interpreting and responding to proposed future directions under consideration by the University, and in financially supporting the University.”

Join us as we commend Kenny on this prestigious appointment.

Crow Shields Bailey Supports Light of the Village this Holiday Season

Crow Shields Bailey PC was proud to support Light of the Village this holiday season and spread cheer with children attending their Christmas party.

At Crow Shields Bailey PC, we’re committed to serving the Gulf Coast community we live and work in. This season, our employees joined together to support Light of the Village (LOV), a hands-on Christian ministry designed to serve the children in the inner city of Mobile.

As part of LOV’s workforce development program, they’ve created a small candle-making business called Lights of LOV. This program employs young men and women with no prior job experience, and previous criminal records or other obstacles to teach them job skills and work ethic. Proceeds from candles sold are poured back into the program to continue lighting the path for the futures of these young men and women.

In addition to supporting Lights of LOV, our team spent a fun-filled evening volunteering at the annual LOV Christmas party on December 14 where we enjoyed fellowship, arts and crafts, and games with the children involved in the program.

To learn more about LOV or ways to get involved, please visit

Crow Shields Bailey PC associates spend quality time with children supported by Light of the Village before the holidays.

Children’s Philanthropies and Crow Shields Bailey Team Up for Thanksgiving

Crow Shields Bailey PC Senior Audit Associate Hunter Young debuted a turkey suit to drive participation for the annual Turkey Trot for Hope run on Thanksgiving Day.

This Thanksgiving, Crow Shields Bailey PC (CSB) showed their gratitude by giving back to Gulf Coast organizations that support local children throughout the area.

The CSB team joined in on one of the largest Thanksgiving Day traditions in Mobile – the Turkey Trot for Hope. Benefitting Camp Rap-A-Hope, a program offering year-long activities and a summer camp for children diagnosed with cancer, CSB Senior Audit Associate Hunter Young got into the holiday spirit and motivated others to participate – including wearing a turkey suit to our annual Thanksgiving office potluck. Thanks to Hunter and the support of a CSB sponsorship, 53 team members, family and friends registered to run in the race or gave a donation as a “Stay in Bed” participant.

Further supporting children, the CSB coordinated a Thanksgiving Child Advocacy Center food drive, creating and donating 10 meal donation boxes for local families in need. The Child Advocacy Center is the only social service agency in Mobile County that provides free services to child abuse victims and serves over 2,400 children.

We hope all of our family, friends and clients enjoyed their Thanksgiving celebrations as much as we did.

Crow Shields Bailey PC associates assemble 10 Thanksgiving meal boxes for families served by the Child Advocacy Center.

Crow Shields Bailey Takes Steps to Fund Blood Cancer Research

Crow Shields Bailey PC associates and families “Light the Night” to raise awareness for blood cancer, donating $900 to the cause.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night walk is an annual fundraiser walk, allowing nearly 200 communities across the nation to come together for the common goal of funding blood cancer research. We’re proud our backyard of Mobile is one of the participating communities and Crow Shields Bailey PC pulled together as a team to support this worthy cause.

This year, our Crow Shields Bailey team was pleased to place in the top three for “Top Corporate Fundraisers,” donating more than $900 for researching breakthrough therapies and treatments for blood cancer patients, providing educational materials and programs, advancing patient advocacy and funding one-on-one patient assistance through the LLS Information Resource Center.

We hope you’ll make plans to join the CSB team next November for the 2017 Light the Night walk.

30 Years of “Reaching Beyond the Numbers” Celebrated at GulfQuest

More than 400 associates, friends, family and community members celebrated Crow Shields Bailey PC’s 30th Anniversary celebration at GulfQuest Museum.

This fall, Crow Shields Bailey PC (CSB) celebrated three decades of serving our Gulf Coast community. Team members from all three office locations joined more than 400 guests for a night of fellowship overlooking Mobile Bay at the GulfQuest Museum.

Reflecting on the firm’s humble beginnings, Managing Partner Kenny Crow showed appreciation for the clients that trust and value our work, committed team that brought CSB’s vision to life, and people behind the scenes who make it all work every day.

Thirty years later, CSB has celebrated exciting growth and recognition through the dedication of our team, including:

  • Employing 45 professionals
  • Expanding our office footprint across the Gulf Coast
  • Joining the premiere RSM US Alliance
  • Recognition as Alabama’s 20th largest accounting firm by Business Alabama

We look forward to many more years of serving the Gulf Coast community and continuing to Reach Beyond the Numbers.

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