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DGN Named One of Nation's Best Accounting Firms

Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth (DGN), northern Michigan’s largest locally owned, full-service public accounting firm, was named a 2019 “Best of the Best” and a “Top 400” firm in the United States by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA). This is the third consecutive year that DGN has been recognized by IPA.

IPA’s annual Best of the Best recognition honors 50 CPA firms across the country for their superior client service and operational performance based on more than 50 metrics. The selections were based on responses from the more than 550 firms that participated in this year’s IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms.

The Top 400 designation was developed and ranked by gathering annual net revenue information from the same Survey and Analysis of Firms.

“For firms looking to benchmark their own performance against the highest performing firms in the nation, the IPA Best of the Best firms is the group to emulate,” says Mike Platt, principal of INSIDE Public Accounting. “Best of the Best firms are evaluated across many dimensions, and collectively represent the best the profession has to offer.”

“It’s an honor for DGN to be recognized as both a ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Top 400’ firm in the nation,” said managing partner Shelly K. Bedford. “This outside recognition shows our firm’s commitment to client service, advanced training, teamwork, and delivering results to our clients, staff and colleagues.”

Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth is northern Michigan’s largest, locally owned, full-service public accounting firm. Founded in 1973, the firm is based in Traverse City, Michigan with over 50 experienced, highly trained staff dedicated to providing outstanding accounting, tax and consulting services to businesses and individuals throughout the state and beyond. DGN's guiding principle is – Our clients’ success is our business.

The DGN team is led by several partners with broad expertise in public accounting and its many services:

  • Thomas E. Gartland, MBA, Founding Partner, Retired
  • Brad P. Niergarth, CPA
  • James G. Shumate, CPA, MST
  • Robert C. Thompson, CPA, CVA, MBA
  • Michael D. Shaw, CPA, Retired
  • Mary F. Krantz, CPA, CHBC
  • Shelly K. Bedford, CPA, MST, CVA
  • Heidi M. Wendel, CPA, CFE
  • Shelly A. Ashmore, CPA, MST
  • James M. Taylor, CPA, CFP®
  • Trina B. Edwards, CPA, CGFM