In 1971, Mike Marston and Bob Spence formed the foundation of Spence Marston Bunch & Morris. Shortly thereafter, they brought in Ed Bunch who would act as the managing partner for decades. And eventually, George Morris was added as a partner through acquisition of George’s prior firm. In 2006, Ed’s son Steve Bunch joined the firm, and became a partner four years later.
In 1974, Gordon Spoor left the local firm where he was working to start a new accounting firm that better matched the culture and values he believed in. His goal was simple: to build a family-oriented environment where employees could pursue their career aspirations in public accounting while also leading a balanced lifestyle. In 1997, Gordon’s son W.G. Spoor joined the firm, and became a partner a few years later. Gordon and W.G. added their third partner in 2010 with the addition of Rich Franz, who joined the firm in 2004.
With Mike, Bob, and Ed passing the torch to Steve, and with Gordon handing off firm management to W.G. and Rich, the next generation began steering their respective firms. In 2015, WG, Steve, and Rich extensively discussed what a merged firm would look like – and it became clear that the combination would result in enhanced capabilities, expanded opportunities for employees, and an even stronger foundation for the service of clients.
In 2016, Spence Marston Bunch & Morris and Spoor & Associates merged to form Spoor Bunch Franz, which now has over 45 team members. After four-plus decades, Spoor Bunch Franz continues to embrace the original values of its original founders.
While Spoor Bunch Franz has grown to become one of the largest local accounting firms in Tampa Bay, we are still a family-oriented firm at our core. We are an organization that’s focused on people – both the success of our employees as well as the businesses and individuals we serve.
At Spoor Bunch Franz, our depth and breadth of knowledge, combined with our low attrition, give us a distinct competitive advantage over other firms. Our clients consistently praise our ability to return the same client service professionals to their account year after year. We understand that quality client service begins with a genuine care and respect for our people.
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday need no introduction, but for small business owners it’s all about Small Business Saturday—an annual holiday shopping tradition that gets communities out in support of their local small businesses. Small Business Saturday falls on November 24 this year, so if you haven’t already…start getting the word out.
The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 requires Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation (NEC) in box 7 to be filed by January 31.
Small business owners in many communities offer downtown trick or treat events. Take advantage of this opportunity to build your business reputation. Involvement in local events goes a long way with both existing and prospective customers—indicating a vested interest in your community. Find creative ways to make your business stand out this trick-or-treat season. We hope the following suggestions will spark fun promotional ideas: