Greenville, S.C.,- The shareholders of Elliott Davis, LLC, Valderas & Fishel, P.C. and VanHuss & Associates PLLC have combined their firms effective December 1, 2013. Both Valderas & Fishel and VanHuss & Associates will join the Richmond office of Elliott Davis.

"We are making a strategic investment to expand our Richmond practice in recognition of the favorable business climate and to meet the needs of our growing number of clients in the region," said Managing Shareholder Rick Davis. "Valderas & Fishel and VanHuss & Associates will add bench strength and expand tax capabilities to better serve our clients."

Both Valderas & Fishel and VanHuss & Associates are highly-respected accounting firms that have served clients in the Richmond community for many years and have significant relationships throughout the region. The combined firms will add eight people to the Elliott Davis service team in Richmond.

VanHuss & Associates brings extensive experience in tax planning and personal and business consulting developed through a history of guiding individuals, companies and organizations to achieve valuable goals. "Our relationship with our clients is of the utmost importance, and we are excited about the additional services and expertise we can now offer," said Kim VanHuss.

Valderas & Fishel brings diverse experience gained from working in national firms, the Internal Revenue Service, major corporate environments and closely held businesses. The team has a focus on providing CFO services, business valuations and tax consulting. "We are enthusiastic about the combination," said Retha Valderas. "By utilizing the expertise our combined firms will bring to the table, we can offer additional resources and services to help our clients achieve their goals."

Elliott Davis plans to continue expansion of its Richmond office by hiring experienced professionals and entry level candidates. "We plan to significantly add to our service team over the next two years by recruiting talent in the core competencies of financial services, manufacturing and closely held businesses as well as niche practices such as international services," said Office Managing Shareholder Mark Rudolph. In early December, the office will move downtown to the Riverfront Plaza's west tower to accommodate the present expansion and future growth.

About Elliott Davis

Elliott Davis is one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services firms in the southeast and ranks among the top 50 CPA firms in the U.S.  With offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the firm provides a wide range of accounting, tax, assurance and consulting solutions, concentrating on core industries, niche areas and emerging business sectors. Growing since 1925, Elliott Davis is a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, an international professional association of independently owned accounting firms.