Food & ag consulting and CPA firm expands footprint in California
(November 1, 2016) – Turlock-based CPA firm Schmidt, Bettencourt & Medeiros, LLP (SBM) is acquired by K·Coe Isom, the nation’s leading business consultants and CPAs in food & agriculture. Michael Schmidt and Carol Medeiros become principals of K·Coe Isom, and 18 SBM team members are now K·Coe Isom employees. Turlock becomes the sixth California location for K·Coe Isom, with five other offices spanning from Fresno to Redding.
“When we met SBM’s leaders, we instantly connected. We have a shared passion for our work with ag producers and food companies, and we have very similar practices,” said Jeff Wald, K·Coe Isom’s CEO. “Mike and Carol are excellent CPAs who are directly involved in agriculture personally, like many other K·Coe Isom people around the country. The best business advisors to agriculture often come from the field, literally. We’re happy to have them and their excellent team become part of our firm and culture. Together, we are even better positioned to positively impact America’s farming and food production from policy to plate.”
SBM was originally founded as D.C. Schmidt–Public Accountant in 1945 by Michael Schmidt’s father, Daniel, who grew up on an Illinois farm before embarking on his career as a CPA. His firm flourished to become the 20-person firm of today, working primarily with farmers, nut handlers and processors, beef ranches, dairies, milk processing operations, transportation and construction companies, and the real estate industry. Carol Medeiros and Michael Schmidt met when they sat for their CPA exam, and joined up in 1989. The firm eventually became known as Schmidt, Bettencourt & Medeiros in 1997. Medeiros and Schmidt are eager to begin this new phase of their business to create greater growth opportunities for the firm’s customers and employees.
“I’m so excited for us to become part of such a great firm that is a good fit for our team and clients both,” says Medeiros. “In sharing the news with our clients, they are excited as well—they see this as assurance of continuity over the long term. As people who’ve put our hearts into growing our business, it’s refreshing to know that our people and the clients who trust and rely on us are assured a bright and solid future.”
“Agriculture has changed,” adds Schmidt. “With farms becoming increasingly sophisticated, the bench strength K·Coe Isom adds to what we do is something that really appealed to us. When we sat down and talked about what we could do together, we knew we wanted to be part of this company with its rich resources and depth of knowledge in the ag and food industries.”
About K·Coe Isom
K·Coe Isom leads, nationally, as consultants and CPAs in the food and agriculture industry that constitutes roughly two-thirds of the firm’s business. K·Coe Isom was formed in January 2015 upon merging two food & ag powerhouse firms: mid-western based Kennedy and Coe and California-based Matson and Isom. The firm is embedded throughout the U.S. food-supply chain, working with producers, input suppliers, processors, packagers, distributors, biofuels, equipment dealers, landowners, ag lenders, as well as agencies and policy organizations that support and govern the industry. The firm also has strengths in community banking, construction and real estate development, transportation, education, manufacturing, and technology. Including its new Turlock, California location, the firm now has 19 offices from coast to coast.