• Us Now

    Balestra, Harr & Scherer, CPAs, Inc. is a CPA firm licensed in Ohio and surrounding states. We employ approximately 50 people of which 45 are professional staff, including approximately 15 CPAs. We also have Certified Fraud Examiners and Certified Information Systems Auditors on staff. The majority of our client base includes businesses in Ohio and the neighboring states. We serve these clients from offices in Circleville, Columbus, and Piketon, Ohio.

    We offer a full range of services including, but not limited to, audits, reviews, compilations, tax planning and return preparation, payroll services, financial statement preparation and limited computer consulting. We have also assisted a number of our clients in analyzing and accounting for mergers and acquisitions. Our goal is to develop and maintain client relationships for the long term and make the relationship mutually beneficial.

  • Getting Started

    The Beginnings

    On August 1, 1994, Gary Scherer and Jeff Harr started a one office local CPA firm in Circleville, Ohio with a staff of eight, under the name of Harr & Scherer, CPAs. Prior to that, they began their professional careers at different times during the late 1970's with a large international CPA firm, obtaining valuable experience and training in public accounting. They continued their careers in small, local CPA firms in the 1980's before being reunited in a larger local firm where they worked together for nearly 6 years.

    The new firm formed in 1994 was founded on basic, simple values that promoted valued client service and family-oriented work environment. Traditional CPA firm services were provided to businesses locally and throughout Ohio. Major industry niches included agriculture, nonprofit organizations, construction and small family-owned businesses. The firm grew modestly and steadily for several years, expanding into Michigan and Indiana. Nearly all growth was the result of referrals from existing clients and other CPA firms.

  • Mergers


    Over the years the Firm has merged with other CPAs in an effort to complement the practice and diversify into other industries and markets. In 2001, the Firm absorbed the practice of a sole proprietor that specialized in accounting and consulting for water and sewer districts, a quasi-governmental niche the Firm continues to serve. In 2003, a sole proprietor that specializes in governmental auditing and accounting merged into the Firm, adding another owner, Mike Balestra, and changing the name to Balestra, Harr & Scherer, CPAs. The two practices complemented each other geographically and professionally. In more recent years, the firm has merged in 2 sole proprietor tax practices and significantly expanded their tax client base.

  • Growth


    During the last 6 years the Firm has grown extremely fast, from 30 employees to 65, and has continued to develop expertise in the niches it serves. In 2007, the firm added an office in Columbus, Ohio. In 2008, the firm opened an office in Portsmouth, Ohio. The firm has experienced very little employee turnover and maintained long-term relationships with our clients while using our strong reputation to fuel growth.

  • Progress

    Where We're Going

    Balestra, Harr & Scherer, CPAs is dedicated to continually growing and enhancing our client relationships and providing a positive workplace for our employees. We are committed to our core values of integrity, objectivity, competence, and continuing education.