WORCESTER – Since founding Gary M. Gaffin Accounting in 1998, Gary Gaffin has become well known in Worcester for his hard work, honesty and dedication to his numerous clients. Working out of the brick building on Park Avenue he bought in 2001, Gaffin has basically been a one-man show.
Now Gary M. Gaffin Accounting has merged with Biseglia, Steiman & Fudeman LLC, a full-service accounting firm located in downtown Worcester.
Gaffin has an employment agreement with Biseglia, Steiman & Fideman, but will stay in his offices at 313 Park Ave.
The merger came about through Gaffin’s friendship with Al Biseglia, a classmate of Gaffin’s at Bentley College.
“I’ve worked with Al for 25 years because my clients would sometimes need certified statements or a reviewed statement and I could not do those,” Gaffin explained.
Gaffin had had some temps and employees helping him with his accounting and tax workload, but none had worked out.
“I was doing the bulk of the work and the last few years it was getting out of hand,” said Gaffin, 66. “A few months ago, Al said, ‘Would you want to merge?’ I said, ‘I think it’s the right time, I’ll consider merging; ’” The two firms met and negotiated and on Jan. 9, the papers were signed.
The Gary M. Gaffin sign has already come down from the building.
“That was definitely hard to do,” Gaffin admitted. But he says he is excited for this new chapter. “I’m basically running my own clients, but they can provide more services that I couldn’t provide before,” Gaffin said.
Another benefit is five weeks of vacation – which will allow Gaffin and his wife Joan to spend some time together in Florida with their new grandson.
Gaffin, a native of Worcester, graduated from Bentley College in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Out of college he immediately began working for the accounting firm Shulan, Rosenblum & Jaffe. Over the years Gaffin worked in several accounting firms, bringing in numerous clients, many of whom have remained clients and good friends over the years.
“I am a private accountant. I took my exam for enrolled agent which means I can practice before the IRS and which also requires me to get 72 hours of credited courses to maintain my license,” Gaffin said.
After years of working for other accounting firms, Gaffin started his own firm in 1998, renting on Park Avenue. When he found out that 313 Park Ave. was for sale, he jumped at the chance to buy it.
“I bought the building and all of my clients helped me to renovate it,” he said. “Slowly business started growing and now I have a reputable practice. We have good rapport with the IRS and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I only take referrals and we just try to do the right thing.”
The former offices of Gary M. Gaffin Accounting are now basically a satellite office of Buseglia, Steiman & Fudeman. Two of the staff from the downtown office come to Park Avenue on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help Gaffin with his large workload.
Gaffin doesn’t plan to retire any time soon.
“I’m a worker, not to say I’m a workaholic, but I enjoy what I do,” Gaffin said. “My clients are not only my clients, they are my friends.”