Sponsor Spotlight: LaPorte Sehrt Romig Hand

Leading Local Firm with a National Affiliation

LaPorte Sehrt Romig Hand is one of the largest independent accounting and consulting firms in the State of Louisiana, with offices in Metairie, Covington, and Baton Rouge. The firm originated in 1946 as a two-person office and with vision has grown to approximately 150 hardworking personnel. LaPorte has 123 professional staff including approximately 68 certified public accountants with at least 30 holding masters degrees and/or having other professional certifications within their respective fields of concentration.

Their staff is a blend of individuals, some having been with the firm since graduation while others having joined after starting their careers with another local or national accounting firms.

Accountants Media Group, publishers of Accounting Today, named LaPorte as one of 60 “Best Accounting Firms to Work for” in the United States in 2008 and 2009, the only firm in Louisiana to receive such an honor. For the past three years, LaPorte was also named to the list of “Best Places to Work” by the New Orleans CityBusiness publication. Just recently, LaPorte was designated as an INSIDE Public Accounting All-Star Firm.

LaPorte is the only local accounting firm to have a formalized niche practice in Real Estate and Construction. Their designated professionals who have real estate and construction certifications meet regularly to utilize the best practices of the industry in their work. For example, LaPorte currently has five professionals with their CCIFP (Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional) designation, a number well ahead of other firms. In addition, their director has her CIT (Certified Industry Technician) certification, one of only 18 people in the state with this credential. Their niche professionals continuously stay current on industry trends and update their credentials by attending real estate and construction conferences and seminars.

While post-Katrina, retention and recruitment has been a challenge for many local employers, LaPorte has grown over 90% due to a strong foundation, industry specialization, and loyal employees and clients. Their growth has also been the result of their ability to provide their clients with close, personal attention; engagement team continuity; accessibility to all professional personnel, including directors; and prompt, quality service in a cost-effective, innovative manner.

LaPorte is an integral part of the RSM McGladrey Network. RSM McGladrey, Inc /McGladrey & Pullen, LLP is one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax and consulting firms worldwide.