HORNE LLP has become not only one of the most respected accounting firms in Mississippi, but the company that started modestly in Laurel in 1962 has grown into a regional powerhouse with 40 partners in 12 offices. With more than 450 employees, HORNE LLP now ranks as the 53rd-largest accounting firm in the country and the fourth-largest firm in the Gulf Coast region, according to Accounting Today.
“Our growth and success in Mississippi, in the Southeast and even nationally in certain areas of our practice, are a result of the uncommon discipline to have intense focus on our strengths,” said Joey D. Havens, who took over leadership of HORNE LLP as executive partner and partner in charge when the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. “We are a firm of passionate, engaged people who pursue client service with the goal of exceeding expectations and making a difference. Our strong values guide us everyday in our mission of service. We believe in making a difference for our clients that leaves them better having partnered with HORNE.”
Havens said a key to HORNE’s success is helping their clients with what he calls “a windshield view”. The goal is to provide clients with thought leadership that helps them meet the coming challenges, rather than focusing just on what happened last year or last month.
The company, with clients in more than 40 states, started out with and maintains a focus on providing specialized accounting services to hospitals and other health care providers. HORNE is now one of the largest health care accounting, compliance and business advisory firms in the nation.
Other focus areas include construction, financial institutions, franchising, disaster recovery and large private and public companies. Several Securities and Exchange Commission companies and high-wealth individuals are among its clients.
“Clients join HORNE for many reasons, including trusted relationships and the need for experts in a particular service area or industry segment.” said HORNE Fraud, Forensic & Litigation partner Robert Alexander. “I think we are unique because of the breadth of our capabilities, the depth of our expertise in our focus areas and our determination to make positive impacts on our firm, people and clients. HORNE has been successful because of our strong leadership, acceptance of reasonable risk and intense focus on our clients and their changing needs.”
Alexander said HORNE believes in customized approaches and in building face-to-face relationships that go beyond the numbers. The goal at HORNE’s is to create customized plans that create value for clients, and help them forge a path to success for their organization’s goals.
“HORNE is more than an accounting and business advisory service provider,” he said. “We are respected partners and trusted friends. In fact, the deep level of client commitment, allegiance to furthering the development of their team, and their dedication to high standards have set the foundation from which they have grown to become an Accounting Today Top 100 firm.”
The firm has offices in Mississippi in Ridgeland, Biloxi/Gulfport, Grenada, Hattiesburg and Lucedale. There are also offices in Mobile, Ala., Jackson, Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas. In addition to the traditional services of tax, assurance, and business accounting, HORNE LLP helps public and private clients with financial planning, valuation services, fraud, forensic and litigation consulting, risk management, disaster recovery management, outsourcing and compliance.
Other key partners in the firm include Dee Boykin, partner in charge, Franchise Services; James Gordon, partner in charge, Core Services; Kathy Watts, partner in charge, Health Care Services; and Stan Purvis, partner in charge, HORNE Wealth Advisors, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of HORNE LLP.
HORNE is known for its involvement with its local communities by participating in and sponsoring a number of community service projects. As part of HORNE’s 50th anniversary celebration, the firm completed more than 70 service projects in five states. Team members are also known individually for their active leadership roles in local civics clubs, service organizations, chambers of commerce and various boards.
HORNE is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Major Firms Group. For more information, visit www.horne-llp.com.
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