The former McDermott & Miller offices in Grand Island, Hastings and Omaha will officially join forces with Lutz on May 1.

The combined entity will retain the Lutz name and will consist of approximately 250 employees in a variety of disciplines.

Since its founding in 1980, Lutz has grown into Nebraska’s largest locally owned certified public accounting firm with offices in Omaha, Lincoln, and now Grand Island and Hastings. Lutz’s services include accounting and tax, technology, mergers and acquisitions, recruiting and wealth management.

“We consider the joining of forces as a brand change only. The communities of Grand Island and Hastings will have the same great people along with additional expertise as needed from our headquarters in Omaha,” said Andrew Janzen, McDermott & Miller managing shareholder. “The combination of our two strong firms will create opportunities to serve our clients with the best industry practices and talent in Nebraska. In addition, we will be working together to introduce additional business solutions to help our clients grow and prosper.”

Lutz’s interest in continued growth throughout Nebraska has been fueled by its management team, whose roots come from all parts of the state including Grant, Lexington, York, Columbus, Schuyler and Pierce.

Lutz Managing Shareholder Mark Duren said the Lutz brand reflects a “powerful and unifying strategy to effectively and consistently express our value proposition — embracing our clients’ businesses as our own to energize the right solutions and help them thrive.”

He said the firm’s philosophy has always been centered on giving back to the community including financial and personal talent contributions to trade associations, religious organizations and nonprofits.

“Community is highly valued in our culture,” Duren said. “As a firm, we invest wholeheartedly in local talent and encourage active involvement in organizations vital for community development. Our team members support their local communities and take pride in giving back. Lutz has been fortunate to assemble an outstanding team of talented individuals, and we look forward to the addition of the McDermott & Miller team members.”

Duren said Lutz and McDermott & Miller joining forces will bring additional service offerings for clients across Nebraska. He said McDermott & Miller professionals will strengthen Lutz’s commitment to the agriculture industry, as well as bring additional nonprofit and tax resources.

Lutz will provide additional services to current McDermott & Miller clients including:

— Lutz Tech: Expertise from managed network and IT services to custom software and application development.

— Lutz Financial: Financial planning and asset management including individual risk management and retirement plan design and implementation.

— Lutz Talent: Placement services, temporary staffing and talent evaluation focused on the accounting and financial sector.

— Lutz M&A: Seller-side advisory services and assistance with identifying qualified buyers.

Lutz is looking to expand and move to a more central location in Grand Island. The current building has been listed for sale while Lutz considers other locations within the city.

“As part of the transition, we believe a new location with updated amenities including collaborative space will be advantageous for our employees and clients,” Duren said. “We will offer Lutz Learning Live educational seminars and will seek other opportunities to host local business community events.”

Each office will be managed by local shareholders. Brad Fegley will continue to manage Grand Island, Andrew Janzen in Hastings, Ryan Cook in Lincoln, and Shawn Wederquist will oversee all three offices.

Duren said Lutz is “excited to expand our service offerings throughout Central Nebraska, and we especially recognize the value and potential of the Grand Island community. Our desire is to commit to an additional investment and commitment to Grand Island and Hastings that will result in growth and opportunity for our clients and team members.”

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