BDO USA, LLP Expands San Diego Practice Through the Addition of CEA, LLP in Carlsbad

November 2015

Jerry Walsh

Chicago, IL – BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organizations, today announced an expansion of its San Diego practice through the addition of 31 partners and staff from CEA, LLP in Carlsbad.  Founded in 1978 and the largest firm in North County, CEA serves privately-held businesses in various industries, with a concentration of clients in the manufacturing, wholesale distribution, biotech, food and private equity industries. The combination of BDO and CEA, which brings total BDO staff in San Diego to 90, is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed on December 1, 2015
“I want to welcome the partners and staff of CEA to BDO.  This addition significantly expands our practice in the greater San Diego market.  Combined with other additions, BDO has expanded into 20 new cities and added to our critical mass in 11 existing markets over the past three years,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA.  “CEA’s entrepreneurial culture is a natural fit for BDO, and the firm’s deep-rooted presence in North County expands our footprint in the greater San Diego market.”
“In joining BDO USA, we feel we’ve found a national firm with a very compatible practice philosophy and culture to our own.  We have been recognized as one of the best places to work in North County and BDO has received similar recognition at the national level,” said Thomas Applegate, Founding Partner of CEA.  “We are a very successful firm and combining with BDO will allow us to amplify what we’ve built.  Our clients will have access to a wider array of services, extensive industry experience and the resources of BDO’s extensive global network.” 
BDO will maintain both its existing San Diego office in La Jolla and the previous CEA office in Carlsbad.  Lee Duran, Assurance Managing Partner for BDO’s existing San Diego office, will maintain that role in the combined San Diego practice and Mark Stepka, a tax partner at CEA, will serve as the Tax Managing Partner.  Each of these professionals bring more than 30 years of experience to their expanded roles as managing partners for the combined Greater San Diego practice. 
See office contact information below:

4250 Executive Square
Suite 600
La Jolla, CA  92037
Phone 858-404-9200
703 Palomar Airport Road
Suite 150
Carlsbad, CA  92011
Phone: 760-438-4000

BDO Facts:

  • BDO USA has close to 900 staff serving California businesses from offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.
  • Over the past three years, BDO has expanded rapidly, entering 20 new cities and adding critical mass in 11 existing markets.
  • BDO represents companies ranging from closely-held private businesses to leading non-profits to Fortune 500 multinationals.
  • BDO USA has industry practices specialized in serving businesses in the construction, energy, financial institutions, asset management, government contracting, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, nonprofit, private equity, real estate, restaurant, retail and technology sectors.
  • For two consecutive years (2013-2014), BDO USA has gained more SEC audit clients than any other accounting firm (source - Audit Analytics).
  • BDO has been named a Best Company by Working Mother Magazine for five consecutive years and been recognized with the When Work Works Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for six consecutive years.
  • BDO has 64 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations around the country.
  • BDO USA has been serving clients for more than 100 years since its founding in 1910 (as Seidman & Seidman).
  • As an independent member of BDO International Limited, the firm can leverage the resources of more than 1,300 member firm offices in 154 countries around the world. 
BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals.  The firm serves clients through more than 60 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of more than 1,300 offices in over 150 countries. 
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