One of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the
United States, Crowe Horwath LLP calls itself a "unique alternative
to the Big Four" accounting firms. It provides audit, tax,
risk and consulting services to companies in various industries,
including construction, dealerships, educational institutions,
financial institutions, food and agriculture, health care,
manufacturing and distribution, not-for-profits, private equity
groups, and state and local governments, among others. The
firm's 2,400 employees serve clients via 26 offices in California,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New
Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.
Around the South Bend
The firm was founded in South Bend, Ind., in 1942 as Crowe Chizek
by Fred P. Crowe, a public accountant and auditor, and Cletus F.
Chizek, an accounting professor at the University of Notre
Dame. The two-person outfit grew steadily through the years,
expanding throughout the country.
In 1991, Crowe Chizek joined Horwath International, a global
network of more than 140 independent accounting and management
consulting firms with offices in more than 400 cities around the
globe. In September 2008, Crowe Chizek changed its name to
Crowe Horwath LLP, drawing attention to its membership in the
Horwath International network, a change that the firm felt better
positions it to provide services to clients with international
operations in the global marketplace. Following suit, in
April 2009, Horwath International changed its name to Crowe Horwath
International. The new network name combined the
international awareness of the Horwath brand with that of Crowe
Horwath LLP, and unveiled the new strategy to create a single
global brand to build awareness as a highly integrated network of
accounting and advisory services firms.
Today, having served more than 350 international clients in more
than 40 countries, Crowe is the largest member firm within the
Crowe Horwath International network. Crowe is also the holding
company for a family of wholly, jointly, majority- and
minority-owned entities, including Crowe Wealth Management, a
fee-only advisory firm offering financial planning and investment
advisory services; Horwath Castillo Miranda, an accounting and
consulting firm in Mexico; and Creative Financial Staffing, a
provider of interim staffing, high-level project staffing and
direct hire placements of accounting and finance professionals.