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Mize Houser Celebrates 60 Years of Service

Thursday, June 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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 Mize Houser Celebrates 60 Years of Success Built on Using Technology
 (OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS – June 22, 2016) - Sixty years ago Mize Houser shareholders couldn’t have envisioned how technology would radically change in the way they were going to serve franchise restaurant clients.
Or did they know the firm would create cloud-based solutions in the 1960s before the cloud computing was invented.
 

 This year the firm, which now has more than 225 employees and offices in Topeka, Lawrence and Overland Park, is expected to post revenues of $25,000,000 with continued growth from the QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) industry where Mize Houser provides payroll, accounting and financial assistance to over 1,500 franchise owner operators in over 35 states. 


Recognizing that leveraging technology was crucial, Bob Mize and Ralph Houser committed to integrating technology into the practice in the 1960s when other firms were hesitant to make the investment of people and resources. As word spread about the firm’s success, a Topeka boutique firm called Cobler Consulting LLC approached Mize Houser about providing technology services for Cobler’s accounting practice that was primarily serving McDonald’s franchisees. Ironically Mize Houser had recently acquired the National Franchise Association’s account to service Burger King franchisees. With both firms working in the industry, a merger was completed in 2003. 
With newfound investment dollars and resources, Mize Houser’s shareholders continued the commitment to innovate with the creation of EZAccess, a cloud-based application for busy QSR (Quick Serve Restaurant) clients to manage payroll and financial information.
“As we quickly expanded our technology services, our web applications eliminated the distance gap between what a client needs and how we serve them. Accessing data is a 24 hour/7 day a week need for busy owner-operators who don’t have the luxury of waiting to hear back from their accounting or payroll firm. We create fully customizable solutions so the client has it at her or his fingertips at any time,” says Linda Hauschild, CFP ® and Shareholder. 
As the firm’s client base grew, so did the EZAccess technology. 
“EZAccess allows us to help our clients as much (or as little) as they like. For example, if a client only needs monthly financial statements, they can easily access it. Or, if they need us to run payroll, financial statements or other more sophisticated reporting, we can easily accommodate them via the cloud, “adds Hauschild. 
While EZAccess is available from an iPad or desktop, soon clients will soon be able to take EZAccess with them as a mobile app. 
“We are very focused on continuing to build technology for our clients who are very good at telling us what additional solutions they need to better operate their restaurants,” adds Hauschild. 


ANNIVERSARY EVENTS PLANNED FOR SUMMER 2016

Gifts of 60
Mize Houser shareholders recognize the opportunity for employees and staff to celebrate the anniversary with the Gifts of 60, a unique program for each office to identify a charitable organization to donate 60 items to their charity of choice.

Spirit Summer
Firm employees have formed 20 teams to show off their #TeamMize spirit by volunteering for area charities and supporting client businesses in Topeka, Overland Park and Lawrence.

Firm Picnic
A picnic for all employees, shareholders and firm friends is planned in July at the Circle S Ranch in Lawrence, Kansas.


ABOUT MIZE HOUSER

National Awards: Inside Public Accounting Top 200 Firms 2015; Firm to Watch (Accounting Today 2016); ACUTE 1996 (Accountants Computer Users Technical Exchange)

Timeline:

1956 – Bob Mize and Ralph Houser form Mize Houser & Co.

1967 - The firm purchases its first computer.

1978 – Firm installs first telecommunication lines and starts doing online processing for clients.

1982 - Isenhower & Farrell joins Mize Houser, providing an Overland Park office for the firm.

1987 – Barrand and Eagan, CPAs joins Mize Houser, providing a Lawrence office for the firm.

2000 – Data center is constructed in the Topeka office location.

2003 – Cobler Consulting, LLC joins Mize Houser.

2013 – Lowenthal, Webb and Odermann join Mize Houser in the Lawrence location.


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