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Cherry Bekaert Overview

Website www.cbh.com
Headquarters Richmond, VA
Size 501 to 1000 Employees
Founded 1947
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Ranked among the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert LLP has provided financial and management consulting services in the southeastern US for more than 65 years. It specializes in serving sectors including Technology & Life ... More

Mission: “To make a difference for our people and our clients.”

Company Updates

  • Where can you get together with a bunch of Tax accountants and learn about technical topics, business aspects relating to clients, and professional standards updates? Tax U, that’s where! Our annual Tax training is being held this week in Atlanta. All members of our Tax practice – from Partner to Staff – have come together for technical learning and fun events. It truly supports Cherry Bekaert’s “One Firm” shared value.

  • Join Cherry Bekaert's Victor Miesel in Washington D.C. December 7-8 to understand the increasing importance of IP related tax issues.

    Taxation of Intellectual Property - Washington, DC

    Join us for a two-day technical update with live group instruction featuring the latest tax planning strategies and opportunities using intellectual property intangible assets.

Cherry Bekaert – Why Work For Us?


For over 65 years, Cherry Bekaert has provided high quality financial and management services to a diverse and successful client base. Thousands of clients look to Cherry Bekaert’s accountants and advisors for innovative and professional guidance on important operational and financial matters that advance their business goals.

Currently ranked among the nation’s largest accounting firms, Cherry Bekaert is uniquely positioned to impart quality, cost-effective and practical advice to clients that include multinational corporations, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, emerging firms, start-ups and successful individuals.

Cherry Bekaert helps advance client growth by offering the resources and extensive service opportunities normally associated with national firms, coupled with the personal relationship, value-based fee structure and service continuity of a local firm. Our impressive roster of more than 950 professionals stands ready to assist with all our client’s accounting, audit, tax and consulting needs.

Our affiliation with the Baker Tilly International Limited network allows Cherry Bekaert to be the growth advisor to thousands of clients across the globe. With Baker Tilly International, an association of independent accounting and consulting firms and a member of the Forum of Firms, and an affiliated organization of the International Federation of Accountants, we are able to serve clients on local, state, national and international levels.

Learning and Professional Development

At Cherry Bekaert, we offer extensive learning and development opportunities to guide you throughout your career.

We are committed to investing in your growth and development and will provide you with ongoing learning opportunities designed to benefit you both professionally and personally. Our training agenda consist of a variety of practical, on-the-job educational offerings, as well as internal and external CPE to help you build knowledge, skills and expertise. Cherry Bekaert believes in providing you with a variety of learning activities to help you grow your career and be the best guide to our clients that you can be.

Firm Overview

  • One of the largest CPA and consulting firms in the U.S. with nearly 1,000 professionals
  • Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with practice units throughout the Southeast, including office locations in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida
  • Serve growing organizations and global middle market businesses
  • Impact the success of your clients and gain real-world, hands-on experience 


  • Learn from the best and brightest at Cherry Bekaert
  • Work in teams alongside partners from day one
  • Grow every day from expertise, industry knowledge and advice

Technical Development

  • Work with exciting businesses in the areas of technology, health science, manufacturing & distribution, real estate, and many more
  • Gain high-level experience serving growing, global middle market companies, both privately and publicly held

Career Advancement

  • Accelerate career development in a fast-growing firm
  • Opportunities for advancement plus the new responsibilities and professional growth that come with it


  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 20-27 days of Paid time off (PTO)
  • 8 paid holidays
  • CPA exam assistance and bonus
  • Performance bonus eligible

Professional Development

  • Year-round training opportunities lay foundation for successful careers
  • On the Job – you will work for talented supervisors who guide you throughout each assignment
  • Continuous CPE and specialized technical training
  • Comprehensive performance management program to leverage career progression

Firm Lifestyle and Culture

  • Active participation and support of community organizations
  • Commitment to work/life balance
  • Firm-sponsored social and team-building events
  • Flexible work arrangements

Life at Cherry Bekaert

Meet some of the members of our team and learn what it’s like to work at Cherry Bekaert


Janice Ratica, Partner

I started my career at a Big Four firm, and eventually transitioned to a large regional accounting firm in Milwaukee, which was also a member of the Baker Tilly network. This transition made me realize that a regional firm was the perfect fit for me. I served as a firm-wide nonprofit tax specialist, and the experience that I gained was invaluable.

When I decided to move to the Southeast a few years ago, there was no question that I wanted to work for a comparable regional firm with a significant nonprofit practice. Being within the Baker Tilly network, I was familiar with the reputation of Cherry Bekaert. Fortunately, at that time, Cherry Bekaert was looking for an individual with my experience in the Charlotte office.

The employees of Cherry Bekaert made me feel right at home with their Southern hospitality. I was impressed with their level of expertise and the caliber of their clients. The Firm provides an opportunity to not only get to know individuals within your office, but to build relationships with professionals throughout the entire firm.



Patricia Pryor, Partner

I joined Cherry Bekaert in August 2007 after spending fifteen years with a Big Four Public Accounting firm. I selected this firm because I felt that the firm’s strategic direction coincided with my future career goals. I had spent several years developing my skills to serve Not-For-Profit, Educational and Local government clients but realized that with the changing values and strategic direction of the Big 4 I could no longer serve these clients in the manner in which I really enjoyed.

Over the past two years I have had the opportunity of building great working relationships with Cherry Bekaert professionals both in the Atlanta office and other offices throughout the firm. I feel that I am where I should be. One of the most enjoyable roles I get to “play” is that of teacher. I feel that sharing information is great but teaching someone how to solve a problem or how to work through an issue is invaluable. There is no better feeling than knowing you helped someone grow professionally and become more confident in their own skill set.

I have been married for over 20 years to my husband James and we have two active sons. Working at Cherry Bekaert offers me the day to day challenge of serving top notch clients while allowing me the opportunity to be an active parent in my sons’ lives. My husband and I both come from large close families; however, we have no family members who reside in the State of Georgia. My career with Cherry Bekaert allows us to have the best of worlds, a close biological family and a group of caring, dedicated friends that are “our family”. We both believe the biggest gift we have to give is our time spent trying to positively impact the lives of young people.



Renée Pendleton, Partner
Hampton Roads

After working for a very small firm for almost 10 years, I was apprehensive about moving to a larger, regional firm. But the move to Cherry Bekart was the best one I ever made! I still get the local office feel with the benefits of the large firm resources.

My main focus is in the Accounting & Auditing area so I see the benefits of our regional expertise almost every day through my contact with other partners throughout the firm. There’s always someone that has experience with any issue that may arise. It’s very comforting to know you can pick up the phone and have such strong support from your fellow offices.

I’ve been married for over 20 years but have just ventured into the world of parenthood in the last 3 years. The flexibility I have at Cherry Bekaert has allowed me to continue my growth as a partner, participate in firm wide committees such as Strategic Planning, Real Estate and Construction and the Financial Services groups while still spending time with my husband and daughter.

I am a native of the Hampton Roads area and love the fact that I’ve found a great firm that meets both my professional and personal needs right here in my hometown. The opportunities are wide open for both those that love to travel and those that would rather stay closer to home.

I particularly love the people I work with – both locally and throughout the firm. Cherry Bekaert is truly a great place to be!

What does Cherry Bekaert stand for?


Our Purpose

“To make a difference for our People and our Clients”


Our Core Values

Values are the timeless principles, lived individually and collectively, that guide our organization. They represent the deeply held beliefs within the organization that are demonstrated through the day-to-day actions of our people. Our shared values shape and define our culture.

  •  Uncompromising Integrity:  Integrity is the foundation for trust. Trust serves as the cornerstone of our professional client service and public interest stewardship. Honesty, trust, and the fulfillment of promises are paramount to our success.
  • Passion for Excellence:   A passion for excellence motivates our professionals to always go the extra mile. Everything matters, so we strive to do our best. We take great pride in a job well done.
  • Mutual Respect:  Our Firm operates in a diverse society. We embrace these differences to respect our people and to better serve our clients. We place a high value on personal understanding and foster an environment where individuals can excel.
  • One Firm:  The collective talents and assets of the Firm make us unique. Each individual’s contribution is critical to our success. However, while individual creativity and initiative are highly valued, our Firm and our people must be guided by a common purpose – One Firm.


Community Service

Cherry Bekaert cares about the communities, neighborhoods, and places where our associates live and work.  Our associates give back through volunteering and making a difference in our communities.

Sample projects:

  • Hosted ‘Back to School Drives’ in various locations, collecting and donating school supplies to local charities including United Way, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, A Gift for Teaching, CHIP (Child Health Investment Partnership), ChildNet, Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools and Back Pack Buddies programs
  • Repair and painting of low income houses
  • Painting and landscaping work at homeless shelter
  • Back to school bowling base for children of CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association)
  • Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon to raise funds for the organization

Best Places to Work Recognition

Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Business Chronicle
Raleigh. NC – Triangle Business Journal
Hampton Roads, VA – Inside Business
Tampa Bay, FL – Tampa Bay Business Journal
South Carolina – SC Biz News


Acquisition International Magazine’s “2013 Full Service
CPA Firm of the Year”


Vault 2015 Prestige – Top 20 Ranking
Vault 2015 Accounting 50
Vault 2015 – Top 20 – Audit & Assurance Accounting
Vault 2015 – Top 25 – Forensic Accounting
Vault 2015 – Top 25 – Tax Accounting

Vault 2014 Prestige –Top 20 Ranking
Vault 2014 Accounting 50

Inside Public Accounting - Top 50 Accounting Firm Inside Public Accounting - Top 100 Accounting Firm
2014 IPA Top 50 Firms
2013 IPA Top 50 Firms
2012 IPA Top 50 Firms
2011 IPA Top 50 Firms
2014 IPA Top 100 Firms
2013 IPA Top 100 Firms
2012 IPA Top 100 Firms
2011 IPA Top 100 Firms

PAR Top 100


Accounting Today – Top 100


Cherry Bekaert Reviews

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Cherry Bekaert Firm Managing Partner Howard J. Kies
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    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than 8 years)


    Great job path projection. On track for a partnership. The firm has revamped the leadership program and leaders are now identified at all levels. If you work hard and excel, you will be recognized. The Atlanta office has a great work environment and the office is the nicest one in the firm. It is open and bright and set up well for collaboration.


    Leadership continues to improve to show a united front but it still needs work. When actions need to be taken, sometimes leadership tends to drag their feet which can hurt their image with the newer staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop turning a blind eye to some of the issues in certain offices. Make a plan and stick to it so all offices are more consistent so the One Firm concept continues to become a reality.

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cherry Bekaert.


    After my summer internship, I was offered a full time job one week after end of my internship, starting next year. The process for internship interview was very straightforward, I had one on campus interview, then was called up for an office visit. They were very flexible about which location I could go to, which was nice. The office visit consisted of an overnight stay - dinner, then breakfast next day, then 3 interviews (partner, senior manager, senior), then a lunch before leaving. I had a host the whole time that showed me where to go and answered general questions.

    Interview Questions

    • General discussion over strength, weakness, team player type questions   Answer Question

Cherry Bekaert Awards & Accolades

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  • Top 20 – Audit & Assurance Accounting, Vault, 2015
  • Top 25 – Forensic Accounting, Vault, 2015
  • Top 25 – Tax Accounting, Vault, 2015
  • Vault Accounting 50 (36), Vault, 2015
  • Vault Prestige – Top 20 Ranking (20), Vault, 2015
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