Cannon Wright Blount Announces Merger with Zoccola Kaplan

Two local firms join in mutually beneficial agreement

Memphis accounting firm Cannon Wright Blount today announced that 12 members of the Zoccola Kaplan CPAs staff of 15 will join the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The move, cited by leadership as right on many levels, brings together two highly respected Mid-South firms. To accommodate the combined staff of more than 50 professionals, Cannon Wright Blountis adding 5,000 square feet to its offices at 756 Ridge Lake Blvd.

 “When we were introduced to Stuart Kaplan and his team, we knew immediately that they would be a perfect fit for us,” said Doug Wright, partner and CFO of Cannon Wright Blount. “The Zoccola Kaplan folks’ firm does great work, they have very successful client relationships and they are wonderful people. We are thrilled to begin working with them.”

The two firms, introduced by Gateway Group Personnel CEO Garen Haddad, will together offer an enhanced audit services division strengthened by Zoccola Kaplan’s deep expertise in this discipline, including the firm’s work with various charter schools and other organizations. Additionally, Zoccola Kaplan clients making the transition will enjoy an expansion of services through Cannon Wright Blount’s notable technological services and software training programs.

“When the opportunity arose to combine forces with Cannon Wright Blount, we knew that it would be the best move our firm could make,” said Stuart Kaplan, partner of Zoccola Kaplan. 

In early February, the transitioning team members will move into Cannon Wright Blount’s newly renovated office space at 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., while Zoccola Kaplan partners John Zoccola and Will Zoccola will continue their careers through the newly formed Mason Zoccola Law Firm.

“Cannon Wright Blount is dynamic, has a great reputation and offers a broad array of services. We saw a merger as a way to ensure that our clients are well-taken care of long-term,” said Marcus Rountree, partner of Zoccola Kaplan. 

About Cannon Wright Blount

Founded in 1994, Cannon Wright Blount is a Memphis CPA firm designed to provide clients with a partner to help them succeed in the fast-paced business environment. From tax and audit consulting from the company’s team of CPAs to sophisticated financial strategies and integrated accounting software implementation, Cannon Wright Blount has the depth and breadth to positively impact every client. To learn more about Cannon Wright Blount, visit

About Zoccola Kaplan

Founded in 1983 by John Zoccola, Zoccola Kaplan was born after a national firm, Alexander Grant & Co. (now Grant Thornton LLP), decided to close its Memphis office. For 31 years, the Germantown-based firm provided a variety of tax preparation, audit and small business accounting services to clients in a variety of industries

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