K·Coe Isom formed Jan. 1, 2015, upon merging Kennedy and Coe and Matson and Isom—two big certified public accounting firms in the food and agriculture industry. At $56.3 million in revenue with 360 people, the new K·Coe Isom ranks approximately 60th in size in the US and leads, nationally, as consultants and CPAs in food and agriculture—the firm’s primary industry. The firm serves domestic and international clientele from 17 coast-to-coast offices.
Both companies involved in the merger originated in rural areas—Kennedy and Coe in Kansas in 1932 and Matson and Isom in Northern California in 1955. “Food and ag makes up about two-thirds of our business. Our firms came together because we shared a single vision: to positively impact the future of farming and food production in America,” said Jeff Wald, K·Coe Isom’s CEO.
In the announcement, it was noted that K·Coe Isom is embedded throughout the food-supply chain, working with producers, input suppliers, processors, packagers, distributors, biofuel manufacturers, equipment dealerships, landowners, lenders, and agencies and policy organizations that support the industry. The firm also has strong regional presence in community banks, construction, real estate and development, manufacturing, healthcare, education, and technology.
K·Coe Isom’s governing board consists of seven people (a mix from Matson and Kennedy) to whom the CEO reports. The firm’s CEO, Wald, was the former CEO of Kennedy and Coe since 2013. Wald, age 42, operates from Loveland, Colorado (bio at: www.kcoe.com/people/jeff-wald/) Matson and Isom’s former managing director Jim Holt remains with the firm, too.