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Cincinnatti-based Ossege Combs & Mann to merge with Blue & Co

TelAve - Jun. 16, 2015 - CINCINNATI -- The accounting firms of Ossege Combs & Mann, Ltd. (Cincinnati, OH) and Blue & Co., LLC (Carmel, IN) have announced their merger, effective July 1, 2015. The combined firm will operate as Blue & Co., LLC and will welcome the Cincinnati location to its list of offices across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Texas.

Ossege Combs & Mann partners, Greg Ossege, Mike Combs, Stephen Mann, and John Brater, will become Directors (partners) in Blue & Co. bringing the total number of directors to 42. The combined staff will total 340 professionals in 10 offices across 4 states. Stephen Mann, CPA/ABV will be the Director in Charge of the Cincinnati location.

"We are looking forward to bringing the deep industry and technical expertise of both Ossege Combs & Mann and Blue & Co. together to offer our clients an expanded skill set and geographical reach while maintaining the friendly, client-first culture of both firms," said Brad Shaw, CPA, Managing Director of Blue & Co. "The expertise and reputation of both firms complement each other and make us a stronger and more competitive organization. Blue has seen tremendous growth over the last 45 years and this combination will provide us with additional growth opportunities while maintaining the same local responsiveness which our clients have enjoyed from the start."

Greg Ossege, CPA, Managing Partner of Ossege Combs & Mann, Ltd. said, "We built our firm on three main attributes, being knowledgeable, approachable and responsive. As a firm we have been quick to recognize when we need to change, what the change should be, and we have acted swiftly to implement those changes. We recognized the changing dynamic in the marketplace and knew we needed to change by expanding our firm. We strategically sought out a way to expand our firm so we could provide the specialized industry expertise companies and their owners are seeking. In doing so we looked for a partner that would complement our specialized industry expertise in a culture that allowed us to continue to be us. We found the perfect fit with Blue."

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"We are excited to take on the role of growing Blue's presence in the Greater Cincinnati market. Growth as a firm has been a requirement for us as we feel an obligation to keep our employees engaged with the ability to grow professionally as fast as they desire. It is this firm-wide focus on growth and professional development which has enabled us to attract and retain some of the best talent in the area. The merger with Blue will enhance this for our current and future employees. I am personally excited to get to work with Brad Shaw and the entire team at Blue as we build the premier CPA firm in this area," said Stephen Mann, CPA/ABV, Director in Charge of Blue Cincinnati.

About Ossege Combs & Mann, Ltd.

The firm of Ossege Combs & Mann, Ltd. was established in Cincinnati in 1991 and has since grown to 15 employees. Since its inception, it has seen significant growth and has expanded its services to meet the growing accounting and business needs of its clients. The Firm continues to demonstrate its breadth of knowledge and experience with which to serve its clients in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, technology startup, employee benefit plan, financial institutions and construction and agriculture equipment dealership industries.

In addition to its accounting expertise, Ossege Combs & Mann provides many additional services including software consulting, succession planning, business consulting, internal audit, field exams, and litigation support and business valuation.

The Firm's clients include small businesses ranging in size from $100,000 to $90,000,000 in annual revenue and from zero to 250 employees. Ossege Combs & Mann offers its clients valuable business insights and a personalized experience to help them reach their full potential.

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About Blue & Co., LLC

Blue & Co., LLC is a large independent accounting and advisory firm employing more than 325 people across the organization's offices in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Texas. Blue's public accounting expertise includes the practice areas of assurance, tax compliance and consulting, healthcare consulting, benefit plan services, valuation and litigation support, and business services and consulting. Its industry specializations include healthcare, construction, not-for-profit, manufacturing and distribution, and agribusiness.

Established in 1970 and headquartered in Carmel, IN, Blue & Co. has been ranked in the top 100 U.S. public accounting and consulting firms for more than 15 years according to both INSIDE Public Accounting and Accounting Today magazines. In addition, the firm has been named to the prestigious Best of the Best Firms list from INSIDE Public Accounting Magazine and is consistently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Blue is a member of the AICPA Division for CPA Firms, Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, Governmental Audit Quality Center, and Center for Audit Quality as well as the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

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Amanda Goldsmith

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