"Approachability of superiors"
"Free food and drinks all day"
"Relatively flexible schedule"
"Busy season Saturdays"
"Powerhouse in one big office in Indy"
Indy’s No. 1
The largest accounting firm based in Indianapolis and second-largest in Indiana, Katz, Sapper & Miller employs over 300 people, and provides a full range of accounting, audit tax and business consulting services. A subsidiary, KSM Business Technology, provides technology consulting, risk management, disaster recovery and technology due diligence. KSM is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, one of the top-10 accounting and business services networks in the world, with 145 member firms in 110 countries.
KSM works for clients of all sizes, from entrepreneurial startups to established middle market companies (to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers). Its industry expertise includes real estate; life sciences and technology; transportation; emerging businesses; government; manufacturing, warehousing and distribution; construction; health care; dealerships; hospitality; and nonprofits. According to the firm, one thing its clients have in common is loyalty: Katz, Sapper & Miller has an average client retention rate of 96 percent.
Six decades and counting
With roots going back to 1942 KSM celebrated its 60th birthday in 2003 by moving into its current headquarters at the corner of 96th Street and College Avenue on Indianapolis’ north side. The firm left its digs at Meridian Park Plaza in Carmel to become the first tenant in the newly built Parkwood East Crossing building.
In 1962, KSM’s current chairman Curtis Miller joined predecessor firm Levy, Calderon & Katz (later Irwin Katz & Company); he became a partner in 1966. The company name changed again in 1975 to Katz, Sapper & Miller, and Miller became managing partner in 1977. When H&R Block embarked on a strategy of acquiring small regional accounting and business services firms in the late 1990s, KSM was high on its “to buy” list. Miller agreed to the deal, which was completed in 1998.
Small firms like KSM were eager to partner with H&R Block because they believed a relationship with the national corporation would help them grow. The consolidation didn’t work out as planned, though, and many disgruntled subsidiaries began buying their practices back from H&R Block. KSM regained its independence in 2000 by forming an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan), and the employees paid $25 million to recover its assets from its former parent.
800 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: (317) 580-2000
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