Alfred H. Coe, CPA, the founder of our company, was on the frontier of accounting in Delaware. In 1922, he became the eleventh CPA to be licensed in the state. Management of the firm moved to Paul W. Lukens, CPA, during the 1950s. Mr. Lukens guided the firm through the inflationary growth of the economy and the progressive complexity of tax and accounting regulations. Under his leadership, the firm’s reputation continued to grow, particularly in the areas of professional staffing, quality control and service to the client.
Other directors joined the firm over the years, and each time the firm’s name evolved to reflect their participation. Management of the firm moved to Wesley R. Bumpers, CPA, during the 1970s and 1980s. Mr. Bumpers directed the firm through years of significant growth. As the reputation of the firm solidified within the community, it was decided to retain the name Bumpers & Company, no matter who was managing the firm. By doing so, our clients and prospective clients would be assured that they were dealing with the same innovative and excellent firm that has been part of Wilmington for almost 100 years. From 1999 until 2014, the firm was managed by John Mager, who guided Bumpers & Company through the economic ups and downs, as well as the increasing complexity of tax and accounting regulation of the era, while always maintaining the firm's focus on community involvement and service.
The values and forward thinking exhibited by Mr. Coe, Mr. Lukens and all of our past and current Managing Partners continue to be the foundation for the firm’s reputation and success today. Those values are:
- A diligence in our work and our profession
- An extremely strong commitment of service to our clients
- The desire to achieve excellence and success for our clients as well as our firm
At Bumpers & Company, our mission statement articulates everything we value and guides everything we do:
Bumpers & Company is committed to serving our clients diligently and consistently by providing extraordinary service; by employing highly qualified, motivated people who focus on anticipating client needs; and by achieving client goals; bringing about the ultimate success of our clients, our community and our firm.