Baird, Kurtz & Dobson (BKD) announced that effective Dec. 1, the firm will open a Houston office. The new office is the result of BKD?s merger with two well-established Houston CPA firms, White Petrov McHone, and McGee, Wheeler & Co. PC. Joining BKD as active partners will be five White Petrov McHone shareholders and three McGee, Wheeler & Co. shareholders. The combined office of approximately 75 people will be Houston?s eighth-largest certified public accounting and consulting firm and the only one specifically serving the middle market. Dave Hayob, a Springfield, Miss., BKD partner, will transfer to Houston as the partner in charge of the $8 million practice.