Today we have another example of a big fish in a small pond. The small pond being the brand spankin’ new Weaver office in Oklahoma City. The big fish is Zeeshan Khan, who is no longer representing the autumnal hues of PwC.
The national accounting firm Weaver, one of the 35 largest certified public accounting firms in the United States, announced today its expansion into Oklahoma City with audit partner Zeeshan Khan at the helm. The office is located at 101 Park Avenue, Suite 1300 in Oklahoma City.
“Oklahoma has been a target market for Weaver’s strategic growth,” said Managing Partner and CEO John Mackel. “Zeeshan’s deep energy industry experience and broad commercial industry experience, combined with his established relationships and knowledge of the local market are an ideal match for the firm. We are confident he is the right person to lead this expansion.”
The firm provides a broad range of assurance, tax and advisory services with deep industry knowledge and experience in various sectors. Weaver’s newest office will initially focus on working with energy companies and middle market businesses across other industry sectors. The Oklahoma City office marks the firm’s twelfth location in the U.S.
“I’m excited to play an instrumental role in our official expansion to Oklahoma City,” said Khan. “I see tremendous opportunity with Weaver’s culture and my background that will prove successful in helping us grow a strong practice.”
Khan was formerly with PwC for almost 14 years, providing assurance services to both public and privately held companies across a range of industries including oil & gas, manufacturing (industrial products) and retail. One of his standout industry accomplishments is co-authoring select chapters and making numerous edits throughout the widely-used and respected PwC oil and gas textbook, Petroleum Accounting – Principles, Procedures & Issues, 8th Edition.
Khan hopped around during his time at PwC, starting out in Houston, then making stops in Dubai and San Francisco before ending his tenure with Papa Whiskey Charlie in Oklahoma City, according to his LinkedIn page.
And Weaver is looking to hire some warm bodies to fill seats in its new Oklahoma City office, according to The Oklahoman.
Weaver soon will begin hiring staff, with the goal of five to 10 early on. As the office grows, Mackel said the goal is to employ up to 80 within five years.
“We’d be hiring people like a tax person initially, and then for wider, different capabilities, different experiences,” Khan said.
Weaver is currently interviewing for a partner to open its new office in Tulsa, OK, so we’ll keep an eye on if they end up poaching someone else from the Big 4.