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(Listed alphabetically by last name)

Tim Allen

Allen Wine Group LLP

1241 Adams St. #1102, St Helena 94574, allenwine.com, 707-968-5089

In January of this year, Tim Allen founded Allen Wine Group, a four-person, full-service CPA firm and business advisory service that works with small to mid-size wineries in California, Oregon and Washington.

Born in Dunkirk, N.Y., Mr. Allen’s family moved to Santa Rosa in 1971 when he was three. He currently lives in St. Helena.

He got into accounting because, he said, “economics and accounting always made the most sense to me.”

“My father said that whatever major I chose I’d have to show him where businesses were hiring for that job in the want ads.  I’ve been doing winery accounting and finance my whole career, twenty years, but this is the first year for my CPA firm.”

Before founding his own CPA firm, he was president and chief financial officer of Kuleto Estate Winery.  His first position was in the tax department at Deloitte & Touche.

He received a Bachelor of Science in economics at U.C. Santa Barbara and a Master of Science in taxation at Golden Gate University.

He appreciates that he has been able to leverage his fifteen-year history of working at wineries for wine industry CPA firm clients.

Donna Beels

Beels Soper LLP

19 Keller St., Petaluma 94952, beels-soper.com, 707-763-3888

Donna Beels, who founded Beels Soper LLP five years ago, spends a large amount of her time volunteering in the community.

“I serve as a board member for the North Coast Builders Exchange and Petaluma Valley Hospital Foundation. I am a member of the Citizen Bond Oversight Committee for Santa Rosa Junior College. I am a member of the peer review committee for the California Society of CPAs.”

She said she studied accounting because she loved business.

“Accounting is the backbone of all business, so I felt accounting would be the perfect discipline to help me better understand business as a whole. Whether you’re selling houses or hamburgers, it is critical to understand cash flows, budgets or tax issues,” she said.

“I focus on small to mid-sized businesses and their owners. My client base ranges in revenues from $250,000 up to $200 million. I provide tax planning and compliance services, management consulting services, as well as financial statement audits and reviews. My industry focus is on real estate, construction, wholesale/retail distribution and nonprofits.”

With more than 20 years in the business, she was previously a director with Pisenti & Brinker LLP.

Her first position was as an auditor for the Auditor General’s Office of the State of Arizona after receiving both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Taxation from Arizona State University.

Born in Worcester, Mass., she grew up in Phoenix and currently resides in Petaluma with her husband and two children.

Beels Soper has five professionals of which three are CPAs.

“My long-term career goal is continuing to grow our firm and have it recognized as an industry leader in the North Bay. I am dedicated to continually increasing my knowledge of changing tax laws and accounting regulations. Challenging our staff to grow their technical skills is a key building block of our firm. This helps us to retain our staff and also our clients. It also increases our clients’ satisfaction of the services they receive.”

Kelley Bollinger

Bollinger Accountancy APC

8733 Lakewood Drive, Windsor 95492, bollingercpa.com, 707-837-0550

Born in Oakland, Kelley Bollinger and his family moved to the North Bay in 1990 to Windsor.

He began his career in accounting in 1979 after graduating from Cal State Hayward with a degree in finance and began working in a small export firm in San Francisco where he moved up to the position of controller. While with the firm, he began a tax and consulting service, which ultimately grew into the firm he owns today.

“Previous to my current position as CEO of Bollinger Accountancy, I was a tax accountant for Tiret Accountancy Corp. in San Francisco. My first position was that of credit manager at the small export firm in San Francisco in 1979."

His firm focuses on taxation, specifically trusts, estates and business entities. They also offer accounting and management consulting, audits, reviews, compilations, litigation support and business valuations.

His biggest personal accomplishment is being a good father.

“I’m a single dad, and that is my ongoing mission. Professionally, I built up this firm on a shoestring to the current level. I did it by being a good listener and pinpointing solutions that are in the clients’ best interest. We do it in the most ethical and respectful manner.”

In his spare time he is a musician and an avid athlete.

“I also enjoy reading and gourmet cooking,” he said.

The firm is currently growing through aggressive marketing and looking to acquire other practices.

“We plan to expand more into the litigation support and business valuation areas with more audit and review work as well. We will most likely double in size within the next two years and open up another office. Within five years, we will be considering where the next office will be the most advantageous to service our client base and focus the next stage of growth.”

Dale Brown, Robert Holder, Kevin Alfaro, Breton Blythe, Warren Warner Jr., Danielle Sandoval

Brown Holder Alfaro & Co.

1344 Adams St., St Helena 94574, brownholder.com, 707-963-9494

In the St. Helena office are partners Dale Brown, who has come out of retirement from Seiberlich to help steward the newly formed firm, along with Robert Holder, Kevin Alfaro, Breton Blyth, Warren Warner Jr. and Danielle Sandoval.

Scott Capitani

Capitani & Company

1400 Dutton Ave. #18, Santa Rosa 95401, 707-332-4622

After working for one of the big four accounting firms for six years, Scott Capitani moved back from San Francisco to his native Santa Rosa in 2002.

He majored in accounting at U.C. Santa Barbara and was recruited and offered a job by KPMG his senior year.

“I accepted the offer and have been practicing accounting for the past 15 years.”

After the six years at KPMG he has been a partner for nine years at Capitani & Company, which was founded in 1975, where he focuses on audit and tax as well as acting CFO consulting assistance.

He said his greatest accomplishment is having a great wife and two kids.

Over the next 15 years he wants to continue to work, raise a great family and travel when the opportunity allows. After that, he wants to enjoy the same things as before, “but with a lot less work, more travel and the time and financial ability to help those in need.”

Norm Capper

Friedlander Cherwon Capper

1101 Fifth St. #350, San Rafael 94901, fcccpas.com.com, 415-456-5500

Norm Capper was born in San Francisco and studied accounting and taxation at the University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University respectively.

He moved to the North Bay in 1960 and currently lives in San Rafael.

Accounting appealed to him to maximize professional business opportunities. He has been in the business for more than 30 years as a CPA firm partner.

His practice areas are tax, management consulting and transaction advisory, and he services the service, real estate, construction, retail, wholesale, technology and manufacturing industries with a specialization in trusts and estates.

He plays guitar in a local rock band and studies Eastern religions in his spare time. He is also a volunteer board director of the local, music-oriented public charity, Ali Akbar College of Music.

His firm, founded in 1978, has 20 staff including 15 professionals.

Looking forward, he hopes to continue being respected, liked and appreciated by employees, clients and the local community.

Lawrence Cunha

Eckhoff Accountancy

145 N. Redwood Dr., San Rafael 94903, eckhoff.com, 415-499-9400

Lawrence Cunha is the chairperson of Eckhoff Accountancy’s accounting and information technology services department. He is the firm's resource for information technology and serves on the Information Technology Committee of AGN International North America as well as the Management and Specialized Services Committee. He has previously served as a member of the Auditing and Accounting Standards Committee of AGN. Recently, Mr. Cunha served on the Financial Statement Reporting Standards Committee of the State of California's Board of Accountancy.

He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Golden Gate University and after graduating worked for Deloitte & Touche LLP for two years. He has been with Eckhoff since 1971 and has been a shareholder since 1975.

His professional affiliations are with AGN International, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the California State Board of Accountancy.

Jon Dal Poggetto

Dal Poggetto and Company LLP

149 Story Circle, First Fl., Santa Rosa 95401, dalpoggetto.com, 707-545-3311

Dal Poggetto & Company LLP was formed in 1992 when Jon Dal Poggetto, then partner in charge of the Santa Rosa office of Deloitte & Touche LLP, separated his practice from his former firm’s due to its decision to consolidate resources into its Oakland office.

All of the initial members of Dal Poggetto & Company LLP have prior experience and training with the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

“However, the focus of our professional practice is in meeting the professional services needs of privately held businesses, and our billing rates and structure have been established to meet those needs in a service-oriented yet cost-effective manner.”

The firm is a voluntary member of the Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which was established to ensure the consistent quality of audit services provided by accounting firms through a mandatory peer review process.

“We successfully completed the most recently required review of our audit practice and received an unqualified opinion as to our compliance with stringent quality control standards.”

Stephen Delahunty

Stephen J. Delahunty Accountancy Corp.

1500 Grant Ave. #200, Novato 94945, delahuntycpa.com, 415-898-5300

Stephen J. Delahunty Accountancy Corp. provides income tax preparation for all types of businesses, as well as individuals, IRS and state audit representation, payroll reporting, QuickBooks setup, support and training, business startup services, monthly bookkeeping and financial statements.

“We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. Our continual investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of our commitment to excellence.”

Lori Enochs

Torkelson & Associates CPAs

3835 Cypress Drive #110, Petaluma 94954, tnacpas.com, 707-795-2691

Lori Enochs was born in Fort Bragg, moved to Petaluma at two years old and has lived there all her life.

She took an accounting class in high school and loved it.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Francisco State University, a master’s in taxation from Golden Gate University and a Certified Fraud Examiner credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

“My first position was as a junior accountant while still in college for a small firm in San Francisco.  Prior to becoming a partner with my husband at Torkelson & Associates, I was a staff accountant and manager. I have been in my current position for about 15 years.”

She focuses on individual and corporate tax preparation and planning, small business consulting and fraud examination and forensic accounting.

Her biggest accomplishments both professionally and personally are obtaining her master's in taxation, winning the 4.0 Women's National Tennis Tournament and raising her family.

In her spare time she is an avid reader, and she loves watching her children’s sports, playing tennis and travelling.

In the next years, she wants to continue to work with clients to achieve their individual financial and business goals, expand the fraud examination and forensic accounting practice, “and become a bigger part of the community I live in.”

Jerry Ghirardo

Ghirardo CPA

7200 Redwood Blvd. #403, Novato 94945, ghirardocpa.com, 707-963-9494

Jerry Ghirardo and his family moved to the North Bay when he was two years old.

“We moved to Novato, where I grew up. I moved back to Novato at the end of 1989 and have been here ever since.”

He decided on a career in accounting early on because his father was a CPA and has been an owner at Ghirardo CPA since 1990.

Previously he was tax manager with KPMG in the San Francisco office.

His first position was as an intern for his father's accounting practice during summer vacation when he was in high school, and he has a bachelor's from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley.

“Among other benefits from these two wonderful colleges, I can always claim victory during the Big Game each year,” he said.

He is a tax specialist with a broad background in assisting individuals and closely held businesses.

"My biggest accomplishment personally is being a husband to my wife, Laura, and father to my two children, Cristina and James.  Professionally, my most significant accomplishment is building and running Ghirardo CPA with my brother Steve and our wonderful support team over the past 20 years."

He also started two American football teams in Italy back in the 1980s, winning the Italian National Championship in 1985 and playing in the European championship in 1986 at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.

He spends a lot of time with his family, coaches youth sports, volunteers at school and through Rotary and assists with the leadership of his local church fellowship.

He received the Rotary Ambassadorial Goodwill Scholarship in 1980, which allowed him to study abroad for a year.

“I also received the distinction for receiving one of the top scores nationwide in the standardized CPA exam offered in 1986.  My brother, Steve, also received the same distinction several years prior."

His firm has 39 members on the team in one office in Novato.

“We continue to grow each year, and our firm billings are approaching $5 million for 2010."

The firm was founded Nov. 1, 1990 on his mother's birthday.

“Our plan and our hope is to continue to grow carefully and strategically to reach more clients and to continue to diversify and offer more value-added services to our clients.  We are currently expanding our presence in Marin County, Sonoma County and other Bay Area communities.   Based on our current growth trend, we expect to double the size of the firm within the next five years.”

Steve Ghirardo

Ghirardo CPA

7200 Redwood Blvd. #403, Novato 94945, ghirardocpa.com, 707-963-9494

Steve Ghirardo moved with his family to Novato when he was only two years old.  His dad was both a CPA and a private real estate developer.

“I liked both and worked in both for him before and during college summers. I started Ghirardo CPA with my brother Ger in 1990.”

His first full-time position was a staff accountant in San Francisco with Kenneth Leventhal and Company, an L.A.- based company that specialized in real estate and banking.

Like his brother, he went to both Stanford and Berkeley. He also got a master’s in taxation from Golden Gate University in 1992.

He considers successfully raising four children that are happy, ambitious, good citizens and can laugh at themselves his greatest accomplishment. In his spare time he coaches youth sports, watches sports, does “way too many crossword puzzles” and spends time with friends and family.

His professional accolades include the  Elijah Watt Sells award from the AICPA for “submitting papers of outstanding merit for the Unified Certified Public Acconting Examination” and the Outstanding Graduate of the Master of Science Program in Taxation received from Golden Gate University.

Jeff Johnson

Zeisler, Zeisler & Rawson

901 A St. #C, San Rafael 94901, zzrllp.com, 415-451-1703

Jeff Johnson studied at San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University and received a master’s in taxation at the latter.

He has lived in Marin most of his life and currently resides in Novato. His first job out of school was as a staff accountant for Luther Burbank Savings, and then he worked at Boyle & Stole. He has been with Zeisler, Zeisler & Rawson, which was founded by Edward Zeisler in 1948, for 11 years.

He focuses on tax preparation with an emphasis on professional athletes.

In his spare time, he enjoys mountaineering.

In the future he would like to continue to prepare taxes for professional athletes and help run a successful practice serving clients.

John Jones

Linkenheimer CPAs and Advisors

187 Concourse Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403, linkcpa.com, 707-546-0272

John Jones got into accounting because his father and his fiance's father were both accountants.

“I respected them and liked what they had to say about the profession. After a couple of classes at the junior college, I found it to be a good fit.”

He received an associate’s degree from Santa Rosa Junior College and a bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University and has been the managing partner at Linkenheimer LLP for about 25 years.

He focuses on planning in the areas of taxation, executive compensation structure, bank financing, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning.

In May 2010, Mr. Jones was awarded the Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics Alumni of the Year and received a Meritorious International Service Award from his Rotary District 5130 for leading the club’s health service projects in Nicaragua.

Timothy Jorstad

Jorstad Inc.

1000 Fourth St. # 375, San Rafael 94901, jorstad.com, thebankofnapa.com


Timothy Jorstad began his career in public accounting in 1975 with what is now KPMG.

After completing the required two years of auditing experience and becoming certified in 1978, Mr. Jorstad began specializing in the area of income tax law, graduating in 1980 from Golden Gate University with a master's degree in tax law.

He got into accounting because he “needed a career to support my wife and son.”

He focuses on taxation and rock music business management – think Journey, Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana and Grace Slick.

He has served as a receiver for the Superior Courts of San Francisco, Marin and Mendocino counties.

He has qualified as an expert witness, and he has testified in excess of fifty times in judicial and jury trials on issues concerning business and contract disputes, lost income claims and family law property settlement and support matters.

Mr. Jorstad was the executive vice president and director of a large land development and home building company for two years in the early 1980s and was a founding shareholder and chairman of Business Bancorp (BZBC), a $750 million asset, state-chartered bank headquartered in San Rafael, which was sold to Union Bank of California in January 2004. He is founder and chairman of AtlaPacific Bank, a state-chartered bank headquartered in Santa Rosa that opened July 2006.

When he is not focused on tax, rock music and banking, he likes to mountain bike, backpack, hike, scuba dive and snow ski.

He hopes to be retired and traveling the world in five to 10 years.

Linda Kachiu

Zainer Rinehart Clarke

3510 Unocal Place #350, Santa Rosa 95403, zrccpas.com, 707-525-1163

Taking time out of her busy schedule as a partner at the accounting firm Zainer Rinehart Clarke in Santa Rosa, Linda Kachiu puts a good deal of effort into supporting the arts.

Artists “look at the world so differently,” she said. “And it is a great balance for me. I am better in this moment because I didn’t just focus on my career.”

A lover of contemporary art, Ms. Kachiu has many artist clients and is able to take the time to support the Santa Rosa Symphony as a member of the audit committee. She also is part of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, treasurer for its related foundation and treasurer for the Community Foundation Sonoma County.

After the first two years at Linkenheimer, Hebrew, Cooper & Kerr, she realized she was not quite ready to leave Sonoma County and go back to the Bay Area as she had planned, and she took a position at Zainer Rinehart Clarke as a staff accountant. Shortly after that she was made the firm administrator. They had a different and innovative way to run a firm, she said.

“I was in all the meetings,” she said. And the partners served as a board. From the beginning she said she started to understand what business owners care about and how they think about business.

At 34, she became partner.

Her emphasis is in audit and accounting services, in addition to internal management, organizational development and design with businesses.

She serves as a U.S. representative on the DFK International board, a worldwide association of independent accounting firms, to which her firm belongs.

She also serves as the vice president of the Americas for DFK International. She is the first woman to hold that position.

Her responsibilities are to represent all the DFK member firms in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean — 200 firms in 70 countries — at the international association level.

Timothy McGaughey

Baldwin, McGaughey & Company

737 Southpoint Blvd. #K, Petaluma 94954, cpapetaluma.com, 707-762-3517

Timothy McGaughey was born and raised in Petaluma where he took a knack to accounting in the Future Business Leaders of America at Petaluma High.

He has been a partner at Baldwin, McGaughey & Co. CPAs since 2007. Prior to that he was with the firm full-time since 2002 when he started as a staff accountant.

He studied at Sonoma State University and focuses his career on business taxation, individual taxation and financial accounting.

He considers becoming partner at his firm his biggest professional accomplishment.

In his spare time he and his wife Elizabeth love to travel and look forward to vacations during the non-tax season.

“Last year we did a tour of Italy, and this year we toured Washington, D.C.”

Beginning in 2007, Baldwin, McGaughey & Company, in a joint effort with Mister McGoo's restaurant, started holding a charity golf tournament each May.  The proceeds from the golf tournament go to fund college scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Petaluma through the Petaluma Education Foundation.  To date $10,000 has been raised to fund scholarships for local students.

Rob Morris

Frank, Rimerman & Co. LLP

899 Adams St., St Helena 94574, Frankrimerman.com, 707-963-9222

Born in Salt Lake City, Rob Morris moved to the North Bay from San Jose in 2005 where he lives with his wife Sallie in Santa Rosa.

“I’ve been interested in accounting since I was a sophomore in high school when I represented the state of Utah in an accounting competition at the national Future Business Leaders of America conference in Indianapolis.”

He started with Motto Kryla and Fisher, whose CPA practice was acquired by Frank, Rimerman the following year.

Prior to that he managed the accounting and finance functions for David Bruce Winery in Los Gatos for two years.  Prior to that, he was a Partner at KPMG Consulting managing large CRM software implementations.

“I worked for KPMG for a total of 13 years in San Jose, Palo Alto and Mountain View after graduating from the University of Utah with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting.”

He currently leads Frank, Rimerman’s Wine Business Services group, which provides a variety of accounting services including auditing, tax, consulting, valuation, bookkeeping and industry research.

“In my spare time, I enjoy learning about wine and have visited many wine regions around the world.  My passion for wine has led me to my current career and my move to the North Bay.  Upon leaving KPMG, I specifically sought out the wine industry.  I also enjoy playing golf, trying to maintain a single-digit handicap.”

Renee Mengali

Mengali Accountancy

205 Foss Creek Circle, Healdsburg 95448, mengali.com, 707-431-0600

When Renee Mengali was 16, she selected the AS in Accounting Program at Heald Business College for her associate’s degree and never looked back. She has owned a firm in Healdsburg for seven years.

>Prior to owning Mengali she was controller for Jedd-Co Steel in Windsor. Her first position was office manager for Milwright Plastic Injection Molding


>Ms. Mengali received an AS from Heald Business College in 1995 and a bachelor’s in management from Pacific Union College in 2005


>Areas of focus for the firm are outsourced bookkeeping, QuickBooks consulting and business tax preparation


>“Owning a successful cutting-edge accounting firm in a beautiful town that provides gainful employment and a positive work environment to over 10 people is my greatest professional accomplishment.


>With two offices and 11 employees, Ms. Mengali doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but the time she does have is spent with her husband and two dogs, though she says, “Spare time? What is that?


>“I’ve severed on the advisory council for Intuit Corp. the last two years.


>Last year she received the Spirit of Sonoma Award and in 2008 her firm was honored as a Best Practices in Paperless Office Implementations by AIIM


>She said in 15 years she would like to be retired


>“I just refinanced my mortgage to a 15-year fixed so I can stick with this plan.

>Tim Morratto

>Pisenti & Brinke


>3562 Round Barn Circle #300, Santa Rosa 95403, pbllp.com, 707-542-334


>Tim Morratto got into public accounting to learn how businesses work


>“It's a great education.


>He has been with Pisenti & Brinker since 1982 right out of college and became a partner in 1996


>He is a general service partner with an emphasis in taxation


>His greatest accomplishment is “raising two daughters and giving them the foundation and education necessary to make it on their own.


>In his spare time he is an avid fly fisherman and hunter


>And, he said, “Someday I would like to be a ‘fishing bum’ in British Columbia.

>Carol O’Har

>Burr Pilger Maye


>110 Stony Point Road #210, Santa Rosa 95401, bpmllp.com, 707-544-407


>Carol O’Hara was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa., then moved to San Francisco to begin her career with Peat Marwick Mitchell, which is now KPMG, after graduating from Penn State


>“I lived in San Francisco for 16 years, with a two- year stint in London.  My husband and I decided to move to Sebastopol in 1998 when our son was 2 years old.  We wanted to raise our family in a smaller, close knit community with lots of fresh air.


>She is one of eight siblings, and all were trained as engineers or accountants. It was her father’s influence


>“He was a business executive with an electrical engineering degree and MBA. He believed that solid math training developed a way of thinking and approaching problems and, armed with that core skill, you could figure out anything.


>She said she went the accounting route because she is a people person


>“Successful business advisers must have the underlying technical skills to help their clients, but ultimately it’s about building a trusted relationship and becoming partners in your client’s success.


>She liked working with the variety of businesses through the Big Four firms and liked the idea of going in and figuring out what the success factors are and how to make them succeed


>After taking a few years off to raise her children, she joined BPM as a partner shortly after Andersen & Co. merged with BPM in 2009


>It is the largest California-based CPA firm and the 12th largest SEC practice nationwide


>She is the partner in charge of the North Bay practice, the partner in charge of the assurance practice and the leader of the wine industry group


>“As partner in charge of the North Bay practice, it’s my job to build on the legacy of outstanding service of Andersen & Co, and to lead the BPM team in executing the firm’s vision of 25 years:  Deliver full-service assurance, tax, consulting and wealth management skills, have fun and participate in the community. It’s that simple. We want to be the go-to adviser for our clients, large and small


>We want to be a great place to work, where people have fun and look forward to coming to work.


>Her personal success is her family


>“My 22-year marriage to my husband, Jim, my son, Ryan, and daughter, Katie, and the beautiful life we’ve created for ourselves and are fortunate to enjoy in Sonoma County.


>Professionally she is proud of her varied life and professional experience and what that adds to the quality of service she provides to clients


>“In my 19 years practicing I have worked on a great variety of clients in the Bay Area, London and the North Bay, both large and small, SEC and private, international and local across many industries.  During that time I’ve seen many business practices, innovation, successes and failures


>So what does that mean for my clients?  I feel that I bring a richness of experience to the table that makes me a better business adviser.  I’m thrilled to bring that business experience to the community that we have chosen to raise our family in,” she said


>“Before kids I did a lot of traveling and hiking around the world. Now that the kids are older, we want to start up again. Our next big trip will be to white water raft the Grand Canyon.


>She just joined the board of the Santa Rosa Symphony


>“We are fortunate here in Sonoma County to have a world class symphony right in our back yard.  But many people don’t realize that the Santa Rosa Symphony provides a huge amount of music education in the schools and through their youth orchestras.  This is so important now as the funding and time for music in the public schools is being greatly reduced or eliminated.  I think all children should have access to quality music education.

>Chris Pari

>Moss Adams LL


>3700 Old Redwood Highway #200, Santa Rosa 95403, mossadams.com, 707-535-080


>Chris Paris is a native Santa Rosan having been born at Memorial Hospital


>“I still live in Santa Rosa today, a few miles from the house that I grew up in,” he said


>He was in school at U.C. Santa Barbara, in his senior year and had no idea what he wanted to do


>“My aunt was the finance director for the town of Los Gatos at that time.  She suggested that I get into public accounting as it would open up many doors from a business opportunity perspective.


>After his undergrad at UCSB, he went on to get a graduate degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco


>His first position was as a staff accountant for a national CPA firm specializing in real estate based in San Francisco. He then went on to work for Andersen & Co. as a partner. He has been in his current position as senior manager with Moss Adams since August of 2009


>He focuses on partnerships and LLCs, real estate and construction, manufacturing and distribution and transactional tax matters


>His greatest personal accomplishment


>“Without a doubt it would be the birth of our two daughters, in no particular order.


>When not in the office he likes to work out, run and spend time with family and friends


>Moss Adams is a $320 million firm with approximately 1,700 employees spread across 21 locations and founded in 1913. The Santa Rosa office was established in 1981

>Sandra Madison Reinhard

>1299 Fourth St. #302, San Rafael 94901, smr-cpa.com, 415-453-020


>Sandra Madison Reinhardt moved to the North Bay 24 years ago from Ventura and lives in San Rafael


>She got into accounting because she always liked working with numbers and needed to find the type of work that would support her and two young daughters. She has had her own practice for 22 years


>“I started my accounting career in the audit department of Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in San Francisco.  After three years, I went to work in the corporate world with Brae Corp. as their consolidation and SEC reporting accountant.  After two years I moved on to Wells Fargo Leasing, where I was their VP controller for two years, until I retired having had my third child.  Then, I started developing my practice two years later.


>She received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Golden Gate University in 1979 and her Master of Science in taxation from the same school in 1996


>She focuses on small businesses and nonprofit organizations, tax planning, preparation and consulting


>Professionally, her greatest accomplishment is having grown her own practice, while, personally raising three children


>“All now college grads and employed!

>Tom Vellada

>Uboldi, Heinke & Velladao LL


>575 Jefferson St., Napa 94559, cpanapa.com, 707-252-922


>Tom Velladao was born in Gilroy, and moved to the North Bay in 1984. He has lived in Petaluma since 1997


>He studied business and economics at U.C. Santa Barbara with an emphasis in accounting. He also received a degree in law and society from the same school. He has a master’s in taxation from Golden Gate University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco


>“We now have three offices in Napa, Corte Madera and Petaluma. Billings are approximately $2 million, and we have around 12 people in the firm, and we hire a few extra during tax season.


>Prior to his having his own firm, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand for six years and left as a tax manager and went to work for Homestake Mining Company as an international tax manager. He then went to Chiron Corp. also as an international tax manager for nearly five years. He then went to Redwood Trust Inc. as the director of tax and later vice president of tax for a little over two years


>He focuses on tax and estate planning, probate, trust administration and business transactional law through the accounting firm and his law firm—Marin Law Partners LLP


>Moving forward, “I would like to have the three office firms working smoothly in all three counties and hopefully grow enough to keep the staff attracted and interested in putting out quality work.

>Laura Wint

>G&J Seiberlich, 3264 Villa Lane, Napa 94558, gjscollp.com, 707-224-794


>Born in Ridgecrest, Laura Wintz moved to Napa in 1989 and has lived there ever since


>“I have always been a numbers person.  I began my working career with Longs Drugs Store in 1980 as a cashier and was moved into an accounting position six months later.  I worked for Longs for 20 years.  In my last three years with Longs I went back to school and completed my college degree.  I worked at the Longs corporate office for one year before leaving to start my career in public accounting in December 1999 with G&J Seiberlich & Co. LLP.  I became a partner in June 2009.


>G&J Seiberlich has two offices, one located in Napa and one in Vacaville with a total of 20 employees. It was founded in 1950


>She studied business administration with a concentration in accounting at Sonoma State University


>She focuses on both tax and audit preparation and planning for small business owners as well as accounting and financial statement consulting


>“My biggest professional accomplishment is becoming the first female partner with G&J Seiberlich & Co. LLP.


>In her spare time she spends time with her husband and parents


>“I am involved with St. Apollinaris Catholic Church, where I serve as a Eucharistic Minister.


>“I see myself having a long career with G&J Seiberlich & Co. LLP.  I have another 15 to 20 years before retiring.  I plan on remaining in the Napa Valley but enjoying more traveling once retired.


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