Bell & Company Merger Announcement

PRESS RELEASE

December 8, 2017

For Immediate Release

North Little Rock, Arkansas – Bell and Company, a North Little Rock based accounting firm, has merged King Ball & Company into its North Little Rock offices. The merger was finalized on November 1, 2017. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This represents Bell & Company’s third merger and/or acquisition in the past 4 years. “We continue to grow organically and through our planned strategy of mergers and acquisitions of firms that meet our standards and fit culturally with our business”, said Richard Bell Founder and CEO if Bell and Company.

About King Ball & Company

King Ball & Company is a North Little Rock based accounting firm founded in 1990. The firm, lead by Ron Ball, relocated its offices to Bell and Company’s main office in North Little Rock effective November 1, 2017. Ron Ball will serve as Principal and is joined by four other staff members. King Ball & Company was founded by Barry King and Ron Ball in 1990. Barry King retired from the firm in 2014. Ron Ball has served as CEO of the firm since that time. The firm provides all traditional accounting services, tax preparation and advising to small businesses and individuals. The firm also specializes in accounting for the equine industry providing services for numerous equine operations, trainers, breeders and associated industries. In regard the merger, Ron Ball said, “The ability to have a more well-rounded practice, additional services and greater depth of professionals for our clients was a natural decision for us. It couldn’t have been a better match for us and our clients.”

About Bell and Company

Bell & Company P.A. is a regional accounting firm specializing in the trucking/transportation and small business industry for over 30 years. The firm, located in North Little Rock, Arkansas is dedicated in assisting its clients in the management of their businesses though expert accounting and financial counsel to help generate and preserve wealth for future generations. Founded in 1982, Bell & Company serves clients in 10 states and maintains offices in North Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas. Bell and Company has received numerous community and philanthropic awards and recognized by Soirée Magazine in its “Best OF Category” for Best Customer Service From An Accounting Firm for 2017. Richard Bell was also awarded the 2017 Outstanding Public Service Award by the Bowen School of Law for 2017.