Our Story

The firm presently known as E.S. Evans and Company was originally founded by Herman E. Myers in the early-1920s as H.E. Myers and Company and was located in the National Bank Building on the square in downtown Lima.  In November of 1928 Ernie S. Evans, Sr. became a partner of the firm and the name was changed to Myers and Evans.  After Mr. Myers retired in 1934, Ernie Evans Sr. assumed sole ownership and operated as the sole practitioner until 1958 when his son Ernie S. Evans Jr. joined the firm as a partner.  At this time the firm’s name was changed to E.S. Evans and Company.

Clarence A. Hannan, Jr. was admitted to the partnership in 1969 after years of experience at E.S. Evans and Company.  In the same year, the firm moved to its current location at 205 W. Elm Street, in downtown Lima.  Robert E. Wendel, an E.S. Evans team member since 1965, was admitted as a partner in July of 1977.  Two years later in 1979, Mr. Hannan passed away.

A corporation was formed in 1992 which admitted Ernie S. Evans, Jr., Robert E. Wendel, and Dan F. Clifford, an employee since 1978, as shareholders.  At the beginning of 1999, Ernie Evans, Jr. retired and shortly afterwards passed away.  In 2008, John Klay and Associates merged with E.S. Evans and Company admitting John E. Klay as a shareholder.  At this time, Steven D. Hooker, an E.S. Evans team member since 1987, became a shareholder.  Nine years later, Jennifer J. Birkemeier, a team member since 1993, and Andrew J. Brown, a team member since 1997, were admitted as shareholders in July of 2017.

Today, E.S. Evans and Company has four shareholders:

  • Dan F. Clifford, CPA, CVA, Managing Shareholder
  • Steven D. Hooker, CPA
  • Jennifer J. Birkemeier, CPA, CFE
  • Andrew J. Brown, CPA

The firm has a history of “lifetime” employees and clients. Today, there are a total of thirteen employees at the firm, seven of which are licensed Certified Public Accountants.

E.S. Evans and Company has enjoyed substantial growth since its organization and maintains a position of integrity and prestige within the community.  We are one of the largest accounting and audit firms in the Greater Lima region.

Ernie S. Evans Sr.

Ernie S. Evans Sr.

Ernie S. Evans Jr.

Ernie S. Evans Jr.