Bates, Barksdale, Ickert & Company LLP specializes in serving the needs of individuals and closely held companies. In addition to our accounting and tax expertise, we serve as business consultants providing meaningful recommendations relative to a variety of business and financial matters.
The Firm, founded in 1979, is a member of the Peer Review Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. As a member of the section, the Firm must submit to an independent quality review of its accounting and auditing practice every three years to assess compliance with professional standards. The firm has received the highest rating on its peer reviews.
We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. Our ongoing investment of time and resources in professional education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of our commitment to excellence.
We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success.
The wide variety of clients we serve has given our Firm vast experience in the following industries:
*Contracting *Real Estate *Food Services *Health Care *Transportation *Professional Practices *Retailing *Not-For-Profit *Wholesaling *Service Providers *Manufacturing *Insurance *Metallurgical Industry *Developmental Companies
Profile of Firm Members:
Jeffrey A. Barksdale, CPA - A 1972 graduate of the University of Virginia, Jeff began his career with Arthur Andersen & Company in the small business division and subsequently founded the Firm in 1979. Jeff also has a Masters Degree in Taxation from Robert Morris College and is a Certified Financial Planner. Besides serving his clients in a variety of accounting, tax and financial planning matters, Jeff is also the Firm's administrator.
Donald W. Ickert, CPA - Don joined the Firm as a partner in 1981 after several years as a partner at Gaus, Ickert & Company. Don has both a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Taxation from Robert Morris College and is a Certified Financial Planner. He also is an accredited member with the ASA designation from the American Society of Appraisers, along with the Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV) designation from the AICPA and specializes in business valuations. He is also accredited in forensic accounting with the CFF designation from the AICPA and the CRFA designation from the American Board of Forensic Accountants.
John F. Marzo, CPA, MBA - John joined the Firm in 1991 after working for Hill, Barth & King, CPAs. John has both a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Duquesne University. John is head of the Firm's Audit Practice, and also focuses on tax consulting and compliance along with estate planning. John is the Firm's Quality Control Director.
Richard A. Stewart, CPA - Rich joined the Firm in 1989 after graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and assists clients with various other accounting software applications, accounting services, auditing, tax planning and preparation including multi-state taxation.
Sally A. Bayuk, CPA - Sally is a past employee who rejoined our Firm in November 2019. She graduated from Clarion University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Most recently she was Executive Director of a local charity. Sally will focus on auditing and tax compliance services.
Douglas S. Dixon - Doug joined the Firm in January 2007 as a Staff Accountant and has 15+ years experience in the profession. Doug services individuals and closely held businesses in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax planning and preparation.
Benjamin A. Behanna - Ben joined the Firm in June 2018 as a Staff Accountant. He is a graduate of Hiram College and also has a Masters of Accountancy degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Connor P. Forsythe - Connor joined the Firm in June 2018 as a Staff Accountant. He is a graduate of La Roche College with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.
Jennifer L. Ward - Jennifer joined the Firm in January 2019 as our Office Manager. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Karen R. Zacchero - Karen joined the Firm in February 2021 as our Administrative Assistant. Karen has 30+ years experience in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and collections.