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Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth Celebrates 40th Anniversary on 10/1.

For 40 years, our clients' success has been our business. Thank you for making DGN the largest locally owned, full service CPA firm in northern Michigan.

Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth (DGN) celebrated its 40th anniversary in business on October 1, 2013.  Opened in 1973, the Traverse City based firm has grown to become the largest locally owned, full service public accounting firm in northern Michigan.
            Managing partner Jim Shumate credits the firm’s success to the talents of the staff, excellent client relationships and DGN’s vision for the future.  “DGN has a lifetime learning culture that has resulted in increased skills and knowledge for our staff, which allows us to serve our clients better.”
           Founding partner Tom Gartland is proud of his colleagues’ commitment. “For the last 40 years, our mission has been quality, timeliness and client service,” he said. “The commitment of our staff to our clients and our community has led to outstanding growth.”
           The CPA firm opened on October 1, 1973 as Dennis & Gartland in a small office located at 410 Union Street.  Founding partner Tom Gartland remembers opening the office with used desks, a part-time secretary and high goals.  “State of the art” technology, at the time, included an IBM Selectric typewriter, “white-out,” ten-key calculators and a very basic single sheet copy machine.
            Today, the firm has grown to 48 professionals with eight partners serving northern Michigan from its office building at the Delta Center, 415 Munson Avenue, in Traverse City.   Services, provided in a high-tech paperless workplace, have expanded to a comprehensive range of tax, audit and business consultation services such as business valuations, estate and retirement planning, IT, fraud prevention, mergers and acquisitions, and business management.  Specialty industry niche teams provide multidisciplinary expertise in Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Professional Offices, Agribusiness, Hospitality, Small Business and Government and Nonprofit Organizations.
             Brad Niergarth joined the firm in 1979 and became a partner in 1984.  The firm’s name was changed to Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth at that time.  Partners grew to include current managing partner Jim Shumate in 1991, Bob Thompson in 1991, Mike Shaw in 1996, Mary Krantz in 1998, Shelly Bedford in 2006 and Heidi Wendel in 2007.  The entire staff totals 48 professionals, with 34 CPAs and CPA-candidates.
           DGN Wealthcare, a separate wealth management firm was opened in 2001, and is led by financial advisors Tom Gartland, Mike Shaw, Mary Krantz, Tom Garner and Rick Garner.