Our Story

Like all rivers, One River’s CPAs’ story reflects a change that goes mostly unnoticed with each passing day. Just as a river nourishes its surroundings, since our conception in 1984, our firm has devoted time and energy into nourishing local businesses and promoting the success of our community.

Through the 1990’s we expanded our offerings and our service area in order to help more businesses throughout Maine. Since that time One River CPAs has moved into the forefront of Maine accounting firms.  

Oakland Maine Accounting ServicesBy 2000 we were busting at the seams of our Silver Street office and it was again time to make a change. In 2001, our Directors attended the ribbon cutting of FirstPark, the newest and most technologically advanced business park in the area. Not long after, on November 30, 2001 the Morning Sentinel’s frontpage headline read “FirstPark Lands It’s First Tenant”. That same year the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River was removed, and much like the water, business from Jackman to Augusta came flooding into our doors. In 2003, the Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce recognized us as the Business of the Year.

Almost immediately the firm went from a local practice to one of the top firms in the State. By 2008 we had 15 team members, and after years of quietly supporting the community, we were ready to make a larger splash. The first One River CPAs’ half marathon & 5K hit the road in 2009 and raised $1,800 for Maine General. That same year we contributed over 1,000 hours of public service to our community. 2019 marked the 10th and final anniversary of the “Run the Numbers 5K”. This road race was contributed over $100,000 to local charities throughout its lifetime.

As the economy struggled in 2011 and 2012, we set our sights on expanding the practice  a little further downstream into the more robust mid-coast Bath/Brunswick community. By October of 2012 we established our second office on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, ME. Just one year after opening the new office, the Southern Mid-Coast Chamber of Commerce recognized us as their Medium Size Business of the Year.
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2021 marked the third phase of our expansion with the acquisition of the well-respected Augusta firm Gibson & LeClair.

View believe that it is always time to  break new ground and reach beyond our banks.  The days of simply following the same current are behind us as we continue to branch off and grow as a firm.  Prior to COVID 19 we upgraded our technology to allow our staff to work from home.  One River CPAs identity reflects resiliency, dependability, and the ever-changing environment of our business.

Like rivers in the distance, the firm, and the industry, look much as they did in the past. Also like rivers, the actual makeup of our firm is very unique and continuously changing.

Our future, like our past will steam ahead on the backs of team members who are willing to be not only industry leaders but community leaders as well.

Client Testimonials…

“PFBF (now One River CPAs) has provided a wide range of client services to our three companies over the past years, including tax preparation, corporate financial management, business acquisitions, as well as ownership transition and estate planning.”
“PFBF (now One River CPAs) is an accounting firm that is committed to assisting their clients in areas beyond the normal financial arena. They have helped us identify the key management people for our internal financial matters. Their financial expertise is invaluable to us as we grow our business in Maine.”
“Our business relationship began when Reg started in business. I can’t think of a better CPA firm to trust. I feel like they’re all part of my company. It’s comforting knowing they can help with my every-day business decisions. They are top-notch pros.”
“The information PFBF (now One River CPAs) provides to me helps me to make the right decisions to increase my business as well as to better it. They are very good advisors when making overall business decisions. If I’m going to make a move, we will work the numbers together.”
“The PFBF (now One River CPAs) staff have been more than excellent. I have never before worked with an accounting firm that is always there when you need them, in good times and bad. They are able to explain the accounting processes and laws so that I can understand them.”
“PFBF (now One River CPAs) not only gives us the thorough financial reports, there is always someone to explain and educate. We know how much we don’t know, and PFBF (One River CPAs) brings us up to speed fast.”
“PFBF (now One River CPAs) has seen us through a full federal compliance audit as well as other audits. Whether it was helping business continuation during the loss, replacement, and training of key personnel; providing mediation services during a difficult owner- ship transition; or aiding in the securing of financing for business growth; PFBF (One River CPAs) has always been a trusted partner in the success of my company.”
“Gary Smith and I have worked together for many years, having worked together during my time in public accounting. When my organization needed new auditors, it was a natural decision to reach out to him at PFBF (now One River CPAs) and continue our relationship. He and his team at PFBF (One River) CPAs have provided outstanding service on the financial audit and now more recently they have taken on the 401 savings plan audit. They provide expertise in non-profit matters and are a great resource for me and my organization. PFBF (One River) CPAs is customer focused and also a great supporter of their clients in the community.” Tim Floyd, CFO Crisis & Counseling Centers, Inc.