Weaver Merges with L.T. Hawthorne & Associates

13 Jan 2011

Weaver Expands Service Offerings to Petroleum and Renewable Fuel Industries 

Weaver, the largest regional independent certified public accounting firm in the Southwest (USA) and an independent member of Baker Tilly International, has announced an expansion of the services offered to the petroleum and renewable fuels industries through the merger with L.T. Hawthorne & Associates Inc. (Hawthorne) effective 31 December 2010. 

"The merger of L.T. Hawthorne & Associates with Weaver will add strong industry knowledge and improved positioning in our renewable and energy compliance practice," said Wade Watson, CPA, CFE, partner in assurance services and leader of the renewable and energy compliance practice at Weaver. "With the growing regulatory burden facing the petroleum and renewable fuels industries, the addition of Hawthorne staff gives us the much-needed ability to expand the scope of our consulting services."

Weaver's renewable and energy compliance practice provides a variety of attestation and advisory services to the energy industry, including attestations required by the Environmental Protection Agency, compliance audits of independent and refinery laboratories and Marine Preservation Association (MPA) dues attestations, which are required for MPA members. 

The Hawthorne team brings nationally-recognised refining and fuels expertise and regulatory compliance resources to Weaver and adds a wealth of experience to the firm's practice. Hawthorne specialises in providing operational support, strategic advice and regulatory compliance consulting to the energy industry since 2001.

Tom Hawthorne, president of L.T. Hawthorne & Associates, will continue to work with Weaver, focusing on a smooth transition and continued growth within the renewable and energy compliance practice. Sandra Dunphy and Ron Chapman, previous directors of L.T. Hawthorne & Associates, will join Weaver as directors of energy compliance and will office in Weaver's Houston location at 24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1800.

"When you combine the two best teams in the industry, the clients can only stand to benefit," said Hawthorne. "We will now be able to offer more comprehensive services and even broader perspective. That's increasingly important considering that our client base now numbers over 200, and when one considers the critical role that our expertise plays in optimising many of their business strategies."

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