This article is based in part on a talk given by Donald J. Bevis
at the recent meeting of the partners in charge of U.S.A. offices.
Consequently, the comments and observations are directed
primarily to partners and staff of the USA firm.
T HE INTERNATIONAL Group of Touche, Ross, Bailey &
Smart is no longer the dream of a handful of partners.
Today it is a reality, and we in the International Coordinating
Office and all of you in the USA firm have a
stake in it. In this article we would like to tell you a
little about the progress that has been made, the work of
the International Coordinating Office and things that can
be done by the partners and staff of the USA firm in the
development of our international program.
At the outset we should state that the basic objective
of the International Group of Touche, Ross, Bailey &
Smart is to achieve and maintain the capabilities for providing
high-quality services to international clients in all
the principal areas of practice — accounting and auditing,
taxation and management services — in any part of
the free world. The International Coordinating Office
has been created to provide full-time leadership for the
attainment of this objective.
WHY WE HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL
When the three of us first sat down together to discuss
what should be included in this article, there was immediate
agreement that something must be said about the essentiality
of having an international organization. We
know that many of the partners and staff in the U.S.A.
firm have had little experience with our international
organization, and questions about the time and expense
involved in this activity are inevitable. But for those of
us who have already experienced being part of an inter-
F. BEVIS JAMES I. JOHNSTON
dinating Partner Administrative Manager,
International Coordinating Office