Pub. 11 2022 Issue 4


FORVIS Begins Serving Clients as Newest Top 10 Professional Services Firm: Merger of Equals BKD and DHG Is Effective

FORVIS formally takes its place among the nation’s top 10 professional services firms, offering comprehensive assurance, tax, advisory and wealth management services.

“Today is a monumental day as BKD and DHG officially join forces and become FORVIS,” said Tom Watson, FORVIS CEO
and former CEO of BKD. “This firm will be truly committed to the meaningful growth of our employees’ careers and
ultimate success of our clients. Together, our combined teams will be significantly stronger, empowered by an enhanced
focus on the future.”

The FORVIS name represents the forward vision of the more than 5,400 partners and team members who have come together, forming a firm with a combined $1.4 billion in revenue with offices across the United States and internationally. The firm will be ranked among the top 10 nationally by fiscal year 2021 revenue and will be poised for
further growth as it focuses on offering expanded advisory services and highly specialized industry intelligence that
supplements the firm’s tax and assurance services.

“We’ve always believed there’s a real opportunity for a different kind of professional services firm on the national stage – one that is defined by a high-touch approach to the client experience but is backed by robust resources that fuel a
commitment to innovation and problem solving,” said Matt Snow, FORVIS chair and former CEO of DHG.

Snow said the FORVIS team will be laser-focused on maintaining the high Net Promoter® Scores that characterized
both legacy firms’ client-centered cultures. One key to doing so will be ensuring FORVIS teams remain nimble as they respond to client needs and market changes.

“At every step of our integration process, we’re asking ourselves two questions: ‘Will this drive client service?’ and ‘Will this enable us to maintain our nimbleness?’,” Watson said. “We believe if we can do those two things, then we will be able to truly succeed and differentiate ourselves from the rest of the top 10.”

Expansion into new geographic markets, finding even more ways to serve clients’ global needs, launching new service offerings and innovative solutions for clients, and creating a highly attractive employee value proposition are also high priorities. The results in each area will be driven by a commitment to being bold and embracing change. Snow points to the decision to create an entirely new name for the new firm as just the first example.

“No other firm in the top 20 has done that,” said Snow. “With each step we take, we will strive to stand out in this profession.”

Local Leadership Changes Announced

As integrated operations begin, the firm has announced key leadership changes at the market level, demonstrating its
commitment to unmatched client experiences by ensuring real-time resources are delivered quickly and effectively. These markets include Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., Jacksonville, Fla., Winston-Salem, N.C., Fort Worth, Texas, and more. For a complete list, visit

For more on the FORVIS brand story, visit

FORVIS, LLP ranks among the nation’s top-10 professional services firms. Created by the merger of equals of BKD, LLP and Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP (DHG), FORVIS is driven by the commitment to use our forward vision to deliver unmatched client experiences. FORVIS is built upon the strong legacies of BKD and DHG, which is reflected in a name comprised of partner initials that represent our unique focus on preparing our clients for what is next. With more than 5,400 dedicated professionals who serve clients in all 50 states, as well as across the globe, FORVIS offers comprehensive assurance, tax, advisory and wealth management services. Visit for additional information.