Meaden & Moore was founded in Cleveland, Ohio right after World War I. Douglas Meaden was one of the first CPAs in Ohio and had been serving clients before joining the military. He formally started the firm in 1919, during Cleveland’s industrial growth. V.J. Moore, a wounded and honorably discharged veteran, applied for a job with Meaden in 1922 as an “adding machine expert" and formed a partnership with Meaden in 1935. What began as a small firm has grown into an international advisory firm with over 200 specialists, in eighteen offices spanning the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
Meaden & Moore has been able to adapt, expand and thrive for over six generations of ownership because of the culture of professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit created by our founders. Our core values are preserved from one generation to another: do what’s right for our clients, our people and our communities. Each generation has been able to cultivate the firm by enabling our employees to develop the professional skills necessary to support our clients’ changing needs. Our focus is always on ways to create future opportunities for our clients and our people.
Douglas S. Meaden establishes Meaden & Moore in the lobby of Cleveland Trust Company. Douglas Meaden becomes first managing partner.
Douglas Meaden played a role in developing the laws and regulations relating to taxation. “Meaden was a very strong advocate for clients in hearings before the IRS,” The Story of Ohio Accountancy says, “and was known to argue cases before the Board of Tax Appeals, now the Tax Court. Mr. Meaden is credited with one ‘landmark’ case involving the payment of accrued salary with a corporate note. He also assisted in writing the regulations on the installment method of reporting, and several of the firm’s retail furniture clients pioneered the use of installment reporting for tax purposes.”
Vernon J. Moore forms a partnership with Douglas Meaden and becomes second managing partner. V.J. Moore becomes President of Ohio Society of CPAs, Cleveland Chapter in 1923 and again in 1935-36. He is elected President of the Ohio Society of CPAs from 1936-37.
Meaden & Moore purchases the practice of Howard Slagle, who began his independent practice in 1928. Raymond H. Croyle, later a partner at Meaden & Moore, was a part of the Slagle practice and joined Meaden & Moore in 1942. The Slagle practice included many accounts in the Salem and Wooster areas. It was the Howard Slagle practice, as continued and built by Ray Croyle, that formed the base for Meaden & Moore’s second office in Wooster, Ohio that opened in 1968.
Ray Croyle also took a case all the way to the Supreme Court. The client who rented large equipment, often sold it for more than they had paid for it, and Ray was able to get capital gains treatment for these transactions. Each sale required the firm to prepare a lengthy schedule attached to the Company’s federal tax return.
Lloyd L. “Doc” Walters joins the firm and works on audits of large clients, many were publicly traded. Doc became the firm expert on SEC practice and registrations and spent a great deal of time traveling. Lloyd got his nickname because he claimed knowledge of just about every issue that arose with his clients. Bill Nicol would often approach him while he was working on a job with, ‘What’s up, Doc?’ to inquire what was happening currently on the account. Eventually, the nickname “Doc” stuck.”
Meaden & Moore’s insurance loss accounting business arises from work that Lowell “Newt” Baker does for a client. One of our clients suffered a devastating fire that threatened to put them out of business. Newt helped the company with their business interruption and contents insurance claims and was able to secure a larger settlement than the client had originally expected, thus saving the company.
Meaden & Moore finds a new home at the Union Bank of Commerce Building (later called the Union Commerce Building, and through 2008, the Huntington Building).
William B. Nicol becomes third managing partner. Bill becomes President of Ohio Society of CPAs, Cleveland Chapter in 1957. He is elected President of the Ohio Society of CPAs, from 1961-62. Bill was also active with the American Institute of CPA’s and served on the Council and Board of Directors.
Meaden & Moore merges with the practice of Lakin & Clunn, CPAs.
Firm opens its third office in Columbus, Ohio.
Lowell “Newt” Baker becomes fourth managing partner. Newt was instrumental in the Ohio Society of CPAs efforts to expand and help members compete in the consulting arena. He becomes President of the Society in 1976-77 and receives the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession in 1985.
Meaden & Moore opens office in Chicago, IL.
James T. Martin elected fifth managing partner. James becomes President of the Ohio Society of CPAs, Cleveland Chapter, 1978-79 and President of the Ohio Society from 1991-92. Jim receives the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession in 2000.
Jim, from the start, was oriented more to the accounting and audit areas. In the early sixties, he designed and wrote the firm’s first standard audit program.
Meaden & Moore opens office in New York City, NY.
Lawrence J. Holland elected sixth managing partner. Lawrence was a member of TAG’s Executive Committee that evaluated the merits of merging with AGN International. He served as President of AGN International’s Executive Board, Chaired Cleveland OSCPA Chapter Relations with business professionals and Treasurer of the Cleveland Association of Hospitality Accountants.
Meaden & Moore opens Akron, OH office.
Meaden & Moore expands Akron, OH presence with Daywalt & Tobin merger. Office moves to new location. We also open new offices in Charlotte, NC, Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL.
Meaden & Moore expands Wooster presence with Rogers CPA Group merger. Office moves to new location.
In celebration of its centennial anniversary, the Ohio Society of CPAs names 100 CPAs “whose contributions have shaped the profession in Ohio and around the nation.” Two of these 100 honorees are from Meaden & Moore – Lowell “Newt” Baker and James T. Martin.
James P. Carulas becomes seventh managing partner. James is elected Chairman of the AGN International Board and to the AGN International North America Board of Directors.
Meaden & Moore open office in Boston, MA.
First international office opens in the U.K. and forms Meaden & Moore International. JM Green CPA Group joins Meaden & Moore and expands our presence in Northeast Ohio.
Canadian-based LBC Firm merges into Meaden & Moore International.
Meaden & Moore headquarters moves to One Cleveland Center.