Welcome to Hochschild, Bloom & Company. Our firm is one of the largest in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area and for over 70 years we’ve been privileged to be considered a partner in the success of our local businesses and communities.
Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality accounting services possible, allowing you to focus on living your life and running your business. Integrity, excellence and community involvement are cornerstones on which our company was founded. We’re honored to be a partner in your success.
We are very sad to let everyone know that our remaining founding partner Mr. Melvin M. Bloom passed away on May 16, 2019. Mel was 96 years old. For everyone who had an opportunity to get to know him, he was a wonderful and caring person. Mel was very friendly and outgoing; everyone he met was his friend. He especially enjoyed younger people, showing interest in them personally. He was a great mentor to many within the Firm and we appreciate his continuing influence by being in the office frequently and providing wisdom to those who spoke with him.
Mel did a lot to start and grow the Firm with his partner Peter Hochschild. He always cared about the success of HB&Co and he was proud of the Firm’s continued success.
Anyone who had an opportunity to work with Mel knows that he was very intelligent and quick to analyze a situation. One of the traits that was highly admired in Mel was his honesty and integrity. Mel was the Firm’s first managing partner and we continue that tradition today.
Professional Background And Responsibilities
Melvin Bloom with Peter Hochschild founded the Firm on January 1, 1952. In addition to being a senior partner of the Firm, Mr. Bloom continued direct client relationships, he had been on local radio stations, answering questions and speaking in the areas of tax and financial planning. Mr. Bloom was on the editorial board of “The Practical Accountant”. In 1974, Mr. Bloom was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the State of Missouri for his contribution to tax administration in the State.
Educational Background And Certification
Mr. Bloom graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received a Master of Business Administration in Finance in 1973. He received his CPA certificate from Missouri in 1950 and from Illinois in 1964.
For several years, Mr. Bloom taught courses in accounting at St. Louis University. In 1974, Mr. Bloom received the St. Louis University Accounting Award for distinguished leadership and service to the accounting profession. He received certificates of accomplishment under the Missouri Society of CPAs voluntary continuing professional education program since its inception in 1976.
Professional Society Memberships
Mr. Bloom was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of CPAs. He was a past president of the St. Louis Chapter Missouri Society of CPAs and was a board member of the Missouri Society. He was appointed to the American Institute of CPAs Committee on Taxation of Corporate Distributions and was a member of the American Institute’s Technical Standard Sub-Committee of its Division of Professional Ethics.
One of the largest accounting firms in the Greater St. Louis Area, Hochschild, Bloom & Company maintains a deep commitment to our role as experts in the field of accounting.
We realize that we are looked at as a leader by the business community and take the initiative to advance our firm to the highest levels possible.
Besides simply being a regular member of the American Institute of CPAs, Hochschild, Bloom & Company has made it a policy to maintain even standards higher than any of those required by regulatory bodies.
We voluntarily became a member of both the Center for Public Company Audit Firms and the Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute of CPAs. All members of these groups are required to maintain higher quality control standards than other CPA firms and are subject to regular peer review by outside CPAs.
We are proud of the fact that our peer reviews have consistently shown us to be one of the highest category of accounting firms.
Why do we go this? Why go through the trouble of voluntary peer review? Why voluntarily take on higher quality control standards? The answer is simple:
We care about our field. We care about our community. We care about our clients. It’s our way of constantly pushing ourselves to that next level.
Founded in 1946, the firm has grown to become a pillar of West St. Louis County. Our clients include individuals, corporations, nonprofits and various governments. We are not just located in St. Louis. We are part of the community. Our clients’ success directly relates to the economic well-being of our region. For nearly seventy years we’ve been a partner in the financial health of the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
Our founder, Peter Hochschild, moved to St. Louis in 1937, where he attended Washington University. After passing the national CPA exam with the second-highest results in the United States, he founded the firm on the same principles of excellence and high-standards which still guide us today.
While our firm offers a full range of traditional accounting and tax services, it goes far beyond the traditional in the range of services typically provided. We are a partner in your success and, as such, offer our experience in a wide variety of areas as value-added services.
Since 1946 Hochschild, Bloom & Company has provided services to businesses, municipalities and other organizations of the St. Louis region. We are a full-service accounting firm, providing high-quality service in a wide variety of industries and niche specialties.
From complex audits and business advisory services to simple tax preparation, we are a full-service accounting firm—delivering a wide spectrum of services to our very diverse clients.
Due to our extensive experience over 70 years, Hochschild, Bloom & Company has in-depth knowledge of a surprisingly broad variety of industries. We have the real-world experience with many different fields, including niche understandings of many industry-specific regulations and rules.
Be assured that we aren’t limited to any one industry or economic sector. We are equally skilled in governmental audits as we are small business tax planning. Our firm is extremely diverse and the directors of our individual practices are highly knowledgeable in each area of expertise.
Likely, we have the on-the-ground expertise with your industry and can help you with your industry-specific accounting needs.
Hochschild, Bloom and Company professionals have drawn from decades of experience helping all manner of clients from business start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. In the process of gaining this wealth of knowledge, our team has created several resources that we have made available for general use. Below are valuable articles written by our team. Also feel free to explore our additional resources such as our e-organizer, guidebooks and presentations.
Chesterfield, Missouri Office
15450 South Outer Forty Rd.
Chesterfield MO 63017
Washington, Missouri Office
P.O. Box 1457
1000 Washington Square
Washington MO 63090