Our Roots

In 1983, CPA Ed Whitcomb was planning to retire, but wanted to know his clients, many of whom had grown to rely on him and trust his advice, would continue to receive the same level of service he had provided. Who would take care of them? Ed approached CPA Jim Hess, proposing that they start a firm together.

Jim valued Ed’s principles, respected the way he cared for clients, and wanted to continue the legacy that Ed had started. They founded Whitcomb & Hess on these three principles:

  • Put the clients first
  • Hire the best people you can find
  • Always plan for the future

For the next thirteen years, Whitcomb & Hess CPAs provided accounting, tax, and advisory services to both individuals and businesses. They advised many small business owners with management and financial issues, helping them run those businesses more effectively.

In 1995, W&H added Investment Advisory Services in response to clients’ changing needs. This unique team of specialists was now able to collaborate, providing clients with integrated financial and tax solutions.

For more than 35 years, the W&H comprehensive service model has proven especially helpful in advising small business owners, people approaching retirement, and young professionals. We strive to serve everyone with passion and integrity, and always honor the late Ed Whitcomb’s wishes: put our clients’ needs first. 

Whatever your financial questions or concerns, we would love to help. When you're ready, let's talk.