The international firm of accountants and consultants, Harris Kerr, Forster & Co., has changed its name to Pannell Kerr Forster as its partner-firms overseas have been known for several years, the firm announced last week.

Founded in 1911 as one-man New York City office, Pannell Kerr Forster now has more than 30 U.S. and 200 foreign offices. Each office acts as an independent partnership working under a common name.

"We hope the name change will create an image of the worldwide service we have established and will continue," said Donald R. White, partner-in-charge of the firm's Washington office.

The company also announced a recent merger with the Alexandria-based accounting, tax and consulting firm of Hoke, Long and Co. Pannell Kerr Forster will retain the Hoke, Long office in Alexandria as the newest PKF location.

"One purpose of the merger is to provide a larger base, giving the firm the ability to provide more client services," White said. "Through this combination, we expect to increase our capabilities in the tax and consulting areas."

The new PKF partners bring into the parent company experience and clients from the restaurant, construction, nonprofit association and research and development industries.

In addition to professional consulting in a wide range of concerns, PKF also publishes a monthly collection of data and stories about hotels and motels in Washington and the surrounding area called "Trends in the Hotel-Motel Business," and several other statistical publications.