Accounting Firms Merge

By MEG BRAZILL, New England Business Journals, November 2015.

The Rutland accounting firm Siliski & Buzzell recently completed a merger with Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs, a Williston-based CPA firm.

Operating under the banner of Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs, the firms’ newly expanded team will continue to operate from its existing offices located in Rutland and Chittenden counties. Robert E. Buzzell Jr. will continue to manage the Rutland office, which will be known as Siliski & Buzzell, a division of Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs.

John W. Davis founded the firm in 1990 when the economy was in the midst of an economic downturn. Davis previously worked in firms in the Burlington metro area and saw that the accounting industry was largely one of historical reporting and tax preparation versus a more proactive and strategic approach. He founded his practice with the objective to focus on budgeting and planning. In 2005, Bret Hodgdon, CPA, was admitted as a partner to the firm. In 2006, the firm was renamed Davis & Hodgdon Associates. Hodgdon leads the audit and accounting department and leads all financial statement engagements.

Buzzell opened the CPA practice Siliski & Buzzell in 1978 along with his two co-founding partners, Frank Murphy and Joe Siliski. Murphy now owns an unrelated business in the Manchester, New Hampshire, area; Siliski passed away in 1996.

Both firms have been serving the Vermont business community for over 25 years and developing strong foundations that will enable combined strategic growth. “This merger represents significant opportunities for everyone,” Buzzell, Jr. stated in a release announcing the merger. “Our clients will benefit from an extensive menu of services being offered locally as well as the added technical support.”

John W. Davis agreed, adding, “There is a great commonality with regard to the belief our firms have in serving our clients. We are always seeking the best ways to bring value to the table. Widening our range of services and expanding our talent pool is the most beneficial way to do just that.”
Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs is a full-service public accounting firm and members of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Vermont Business Environmental Partnership, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and Women Business Owners Network. The firm is self-described as serving its clients “by providing progressive, proactive services through expert staff, high-end technology, and unparalleled efficiency.”
The firm’s relationship and commitment to the community has been shown by using its resources and expertise to give back and help improve the community in which its employees work and live. The firm’s team invests in and partners with organizations that support financial literacy, entrepreneurship and Vermont’s “green economy.” These cause areas guide and focus its corporate responsibility which is enacted, in part, through signature partnerships, charitable giving and an employee volunteer program.

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs also provides a high level of service to a number of Vermont-based organizations including Women Business Owners Network, Rebuilding Together Burlington, Green Mountain Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lyric Theatre and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs, PLC, is located at 33 Blair Park Road, Suite 201, Williston, VT 05495. They can be reached at 802.878.1963 or online at The Rutland Office (formerly Siliski & Buzzell, PC) is located at 49 N. Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701. They can be reached by phone at 802.775.7132 or online at

Article published in the New England Business Journals, November 2015.

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