- Professional Services Industry
BDO is a national accounting and professional services firm that provides assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. The company, one of the largest of its kind, serves clients through 34 offices and more than 300 independent alliance firm locations nationwide.
After its founding in 1910 in New York City, the company opened a Grand Rapids, Michigan office in 1917. Over the years, Grand Rapids became the site of BDO's internal print and distribution department, churning out everything from business cards and letterheads to audit reports and glossy brochures.
In the '90s, BDO management determined this department did not fit in with its core business, a decision informed by these factors:
At the time, Gilson was one of BDO's outside print vendors, and we were asked to consult on the transition from internal to external operations. Our solution? We proposed to fold BDO’s print department into our own business - hiring their employees, acquiring their equipment and providing a completely hassle-free conversion for internal customers. We would even adopt the department's existing phone numbers!
BDO jumped at the opportunity. And Gilson has repeatedly proven the value of that decision:
Many of the world's largest corporations trust BDO to provide smart business advice. The company practices what it preaches - choosing Gilson was a sound business decision.