Flagel Huber Flagel was on the cutting edge in seeing the potential growth along the Interstate 75 corridor between Dayton and Cincinnati.

The company of certified public accountants and business advisors, which is marking its 80th anniversary, expanded from its Dayton roots 21 years ago to establish an office in Cincinnati.

Managing partner Randy Kuvin recalls talking about the potential of expanding into Cincinnati in 1985 when, just out of Miami University, he interviewed for a job with Jerry Flagel, son of the firm's founder.

"We talked about the opportunities in Cincinnati," says Kuvin, who was named managing partner four years ago. "Our largest client at the time was Towne Properties in Cincinnati, They were growing and we were growing with them. We certainly recognized the growth that was occurring between Dayton and Cincinnati along the I-75 corridor."

Seven years later, Kuvin established Flagel's Cincinnati office. That location was in Mount Adams near Towne's offices before they moved to Governors Way in Deerfield Township in 2002.

With the 2011 merger with the Dayton firm of Dohner, Louis & Stephens, Flagel is now a regional CPA firm offering full-service tax, audit and advisory services. The firm, which employs 55 people "” including 10 in Deerfield Township "” has a national reach as a member of the BDO Seidman Alliance, an association of more than 170 independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms.

"It allows us to deliver the capabilities of a larger firm more efficiently," Kuvin says.

For example, he says, if a client has a tax issue in a municipality in another state, the firm can reach out to an alliance member for a quick answer without too much time-consuming research. Over the years, Flagel also has developed niche expertise in forensic accounting used in litigation and fraud cases.

In addition to Towne Properties, the firm's client list includes Miller-Valentine Gem Real Estate Group, Heidelberg Distributing, restaurant chains Cassan'™s and Marion's Piazza, and non-profits such as the Dayton Foundation, Cincinnati and Dayton Habitat for Humanity, the Greater Dayton YMCA and the Salvation Army.

"We're in a really good place now size-wise," says Kuvin, who splits his time between the firm's two offices. "One of the reasons for the merger was to position us to serve larger clients as they expand. It gives us more depth and breadth."

Rather than structure its staff along specific areas such as tax or audit, Kuvin says Flagel assigns employees to specific clients. "They're involved across the entire perspective of work we provide for that client. It's important we know a client's business and have a relationship that develops over time."

Earlier this year, the Dayton Daily News recognized Flagel in a "Best Places to Work" survey. Kuvin values that recognition.

"What I hope to create at Flagel Huber Flagel is environment where employees see the opportunity to grow in their careers and grow professionally," says Kuvin. "To me, that was always the pull of public accounting. It's an opportunity to work directly with business owners and help them be successful. That's my satisfaction, helping clients achieve success."