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CLA Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Hayashi Wayland Employees

As a result of this deal, which takes effect Nov. 1, CLA will increase its team in California to more than 700 people.

Four days after announcing it was merging in top 200 accounting firm Concannon Miller on Nov. 1, CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) said on Tuesday it was uniting with California-based professional services firm Hayashi Wayland. That merger will also become official on Nov. 1.

As a result of this deal, CLA will increase its team in California to more than 700 people.

“The Hayashi Wayland team helps area companies operate with greater confidence and position themselves for increased profitability and growth, creating opportunities for Hayashi Wayland team members and supporting local communities,” Scott Engelbrecht, chief geographic officer at CLA, said in a written statement. “The Hayashi Wayland team members are a natural complement to the CLA family with strong alignment to the CLA culture and purpose.”

Founded in 1976, Hayashi Wayland offers traditional accounting services for individuals and businesses, as well as advisory regarding family office, general business, estate and trust, and retirement and investment planning. The firm’s industry niches include agriculture, hospitality, wineries and vineyards, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies.

“Helping others achieve greater success personally and professionally is at the heart of what we do,” said Hayashi Wayland Managing Partner Michael Briley. “Joining CLA makes sense for us, because CLA shares this passion and commitment to know and help clients, team members, and community alike.”

The 80-plus former Hayashi Wayland team members will continue to serve clients locally and nationally from locations in Salinas, Paso Robles, King City, and Carmel, CA, said CLA, which is the ninth largest accounting firm in the U.S. by revenue, according to INSIDE Public Accounting.