The accounting leaders featured here were  selected from the Oct. 24 Business Journal list of the largest North Bay accounting firms. They are listed alphabetically by last name.Click here to view photo gallery.Kevin Alfaro, managing partner, Brown Holder Alfaro & Co1344 Adams St., St. Helena, 94574, www.brownholder.com, 707-963-9494

Kevin Alfaro has been with Brown Holder Alfaro & Co., a firm specializing in the wine industry, since 1998. He has been working in accounting since 1990, serving as a tax manager for Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Alfaro received a bachelor of arts degree in accounting and management from Sonoma State University and a master's in taxation from Golden Gate University. He serves on the board of the St. Helena Unified School District and was a founding board member for Napa Community Bank, now an affiliate of Rabobank.Survey: Next year’s economy likely to be a lot like 2011A survey of North Bay’s leading accounting professionals found most believe the economy will improve modestly or at least remain flat going into 2012. But hiring, if any, will be selective, they said.James Andersen, Partner in the Consulting & Business Valuation Practice Group, Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM)

110 Stony Point Rd., Suite 210, Santa Rosa, 95401, www.bpmcpa.com, 707-524-6530

Jim Andersen was the founding partner of Santa Rosa-based Andersen & Company LLP.   He merged Andersen & Company into BPM on Jan. 1, 2009.

Over the last 25 years, he has been involved in more than 800 business valuation and litigation assignments and has testified as an expert witness in counties throughout California. Mr. Andersen’s particular area of expertise is business valuation, and he brings this expertise to bear when assisting clients with succession planning, merger and acquisition transactions, buy/sell agreements, dissenting shareholder actions, marital dissolutions, and estate and gift tax plans. He has an MBA in taxation from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's of science in accounting from CSU Chico. He is accredited in business valuation, financial forensics and is a senior appraiser.

BPM provides assurance, tax, consulting and wealth management services. BPM has three partners specializing in international tax, since an increasing number of North Bay businesses are involved in the international marketplace. BPM’s industry sector specialization includes food and wine, high-tech, life sciences, manufacturing, automotive, nonprofits, real estate and construction. BPM also delivers specialized consulting services including financial advisory, succession planning, business valuation and corporate turnaround services.   

At BPM, Mr. Andersen is joined by his other partners:  Kenneth “Ken” Dansie, partner in the Private Company Services Practice; Carol O’Hara, managing partner of the firm’s North Bay practices; Joe Kitts, corporate tax partner in the North Bay and Jim Petray, partner in the private company services practice in the North Bay. Information about the other partners is available at www.bpmcpa.com/People. Jeff Belingheri, managing partner, Bregante + Company330 Ignacio Blvd., Suite 201, Novato, 94949, www.bcocpa.com, 415-883-4262

Jeff Belingheri is a managing partner at Bregante + Company. A CPA since 1993, Mr. Belingheri has a master of science degree in taxation from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's in Business Administration and Finance from California Polytechnic State University.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Belingheri worked in the audit department at Price Waterhouse, working exclusively with high-tech startups. He now works primarily with startups, closely held businesses and individuals. Greg A. Bennett, managing partner, G & J Seiberlich & Co. LLP3264 Villa Ln., Napa, 94558, www.gjscollp.com, 707-224-7948Greg Bennett has been with G & J Seiberlich & Co. LLP since 1983 and became a partner in 1987. Prior to working at G & J Seiberlich & Co. LLP, he was with an East Bay CPA firm. Mr. Bennett received his bachelor of arts from University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in modern society and social thought and was headed to law school. Circumstances in his life, at that time, dictated another direction, and he entered the field of public accounting, having worked his way through college working in CPA firms, thereafter, taking undergraduate and graduate courses at Golden Gate University and Cal State University Hayward."Our firm serves the businesses and industries indigenous to our locale, including wine producers, grape growers, hospitality, professional services, other manufacturing and distributing, real estate and medical companies. We perform all of the traditional public accounting services, including audit and review, tax compliance and planning for individuals and businesses, estate, trust and gift planning, as well as advising for the nonprofit community in all compliance and planning matters," Mr. Bennett said. Rick Boland, Senior Business Consultant, Moss Adams LLP3700 Old Redwood Hwy., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, 95403, www.mossadams.com, 707-224-7948Rick Boland has over 25 years of senior level executive experience providing financial and operational leadership and consulting advice to companies across a variety of industries.  He also co-founded several businesses and have served as CFO of ten companies on a full-time or consulting basis.Mr. Boland's consulting practice is focused on serving as a trusted adviser to clients in the food and wine industries, helping them navigate through complex business issues and problems.  This includes serving as interim CFO, assessing operational and financial areas, developing strategic plans and improving business performance.David Brotemarkle, managing partner, Brotemarkle, Davis & Company899 Adams St., Suite H, St. Helena, 94574, www.bdcocpa.com, 707-963-4466

David Brotemarkle has been with the firm since 1990, and is currently a managing partner. He specializes in tax and business advising, and uses that specialty with clients including the wine and hospitality industry.

Mr. Brotemarkle has served as the president of the St. Helena Rotary Club and as the chairman of the city’s chamber of commerce. He has been a CPA for over 25 years and holds an accounting degree from California State University, Long Beach.Norm Capper, CPA, managing partner, Friedlander Cherwon Capper, LLP

1101 Fifth Ave., Suite 350, San Rafael, 94901, www.fcccpas.com, 415-456-5500

As the firm’s founding and managing partner, Norm Capper has over 28 years of experience in accounting, taxation, management consulting and finance. He assumes primary responsibility for firm clients whose industries include manufacturing, retail, wholesale, real estate, service, technology, and construction.

He is a tax specialist with a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University and consults in a wide variety of areas including business formation, sale, and dissolution, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, partnership and syndicate structuring, employee fringe benefits, retirement, estate, family succession, and real estate planning. Norm serves on the advisory board to the dean of taxation of Golden Gate University and has fostered a strong affiliation between the firm and Golden Gate, resulting in many of the firm’s partners and employees having become graduates of the Master’s in Taxation Program.

In the mid 1980’s and into the 1990’s, Mr. Capper was an early advocate of mid-range and low-end accounting software, and he continues to advise clients in these areas. In the area of management consulting, he works extensively with business owners on financial statement analysis and interpretation.

He has discussed tax laws and advice on KQED Radio. He has been a public speaker in the area of real estate tax law.

In addition to Golden Gate University, Mr. Capper is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.James P. Caven, CPA/ABV, CDFA, Pisenti & Brinker

433 Soscol Ave., Suite B171, Napa, 94559, www.pbllp.com, 707-224-4097

Jim Caven CPA/ABV, CDFA and his wife, Connie, moved to the Napa Valley from Madison, Wis., in 2005 and he joined Pisenti & Brinker LLP as tax director that same year. In Wisconsin, he was a partner at Baker Tilly-Virchow Krause, the 13th largest U.S. CPA firm for 24 years. During his 24-year career at Virchow Krause, he spent considerable time specializing in business valuations and expert witness testimony, and received his advanced certifications in valuations of small to medium-sized businesses (ABV) and divorce consulting (CDFA).

“I wanted to be able to reduce the amount of time spent on annual litigation engagements and focus on my background in tax and accounting consulting for small businesses. Pisenti & Brinker’s alliance with McGladrey, the nation’s fifthlargest CPA firm, was an important factor in my decision to joining the firm. It contributes to our competitive edge and allows us to offer ‘global solutions’ from our locally-owned, client-centric firm. Our goal every day is to serve as our clients’ most valued advisor and we serve as their financial concierge,” said Mr. Caven.

Mr. Caven currently leads Pisenti & Brinker’s Napa office, which like the offices in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, provides a variety of accounting services, including assurance, tax, consulting, business valuations and bookkeeping. He particularly enjoys servicing the entire supply chain for the wine industry as well as being actively involved with the non-profit community. The firm presents an annual "Boot Camp" for nonprofit organizations in the North Bay, which the firm co-sponsors with the North Bay Business Journal. He has served on several non profit boards and currently is on the executive committee of the Napa Valley Opera House as the audit committee chairman.Jon Dal Poggetto, Dal Poggetto & Company149 Stony Cir., First Fl., Santa Rosa, 95401, www.dalpoggetto.com, 707-545-3311

Jon Dal Poggetto was born in Santa Rosa and has lived here his entire life. He is currently managing partner of Dal Poggetto & Company LLP, a position he has held since the firm’s inception on Nov. 1, 1992.

He graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor of science degree in business administration-accounting emphasis in June, 1975. He began his career in the Santa Rosa office of Touche Ross & Co. (one of the “Big Eight” accounting firms) and then worked in the San Francisco office of that firm as a manager in their Private Company Advisory Services department. He left the firm in 1982 to manage the Santa Rosa office of Eisenberg & Company, a regional CPA firm that also had an office in San Francisco. He became a partner of that firm in 1984.

 In 1986, Eisenberg & Company merged with Touche Ross & Co., and Mr. Dal Poggetto became partner in charge of that firm’s newly acquired Santa Rosa office. In 1989, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells merged with Touche Ross & Co., and he  became Partner in Charge of those combined firms’ Santa Rosa office. When Deloitte decided to close the Santa Rosa office in 1992, he founded Dal Poggetto & Company LLP.

The firm serves over 500 clients from its Santa Rosa office. The firm has a particular emphasis in serving wine industry clients.

He has been the recipient of various awards and recognition by service clubs and professional organizations. He is proud that his firm has been chosen one of the Business Journal's Best Places to Work in the North Bay for five years.

He believes his most satisfying accomplishment has been providing an accounting career path to all of his partners, professional and administrative staff. His goal is to grow the firm to twice its current size over the next ten year time horizon.

In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, fishing and socializing with his family, friends and colleagues.Tony Ganze, CPA, President,Ganze & Company

1500 Third Street, Suite C, Napa, 94559-2809, www.napacpa.com, 707-255-6540

Tony Ganze, president of Ganze & Company, is a CPA with over 30 years of experience in public accounting. His 17-person firm provides high-tech and high-touch service: planning, consulting, and compliance services to closely held business, high net-worth individuals and estates and trusts. Their experience covers a wide range of income tax, estate tax, and accounting services.Jerry Ghirardo and Steve Ghirardo, managing partners, owners, Ghirardo CPA7200 Redwood Blvd., Suite 403, Novato, 94945, www.ghirardocpa.com, 415-897-5678

Jerry and Steve Ghirardo founded Ghirardo CPA in 1990, a firm that has grown to be the largest in Marin County.

The two brothers moved to Novato at the age of two. Their father also had an accounting practice, one that ultimately evolved into the current Ghirardo CPAl.

Both men attended Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley. Steve Ghirardo obtained a master’s in taxation from Golden Gate University, and Jerry received a master's in business administration from U.C., Berkeley.

Jerry Ghirardo said 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.

Steve Ghirardo said he considers successfully raising four children that are happy, ambitious, good citizens and can laugh at themselves his greatest accomplishment.Lawrence Harris, managing partner, L.H. Harris CPA6400 Redwood Dr., Suite 400, Rohnert Park, 94928, www.lharriscpa.com, 707-546-2727

Lawrence Harris has been an accountant in Sonoma County for over 30 years, working with both individuals and businesses in tax and financial planning. John Jones, Owner/ Managing Partner, Linkenheimer LLP

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

John Jones is owner and managing partner at Linkenheimer LLP, a firm that he joined in May 1977.

Mr. Jones has been a managing partner at the firm since 1986. He graduated from Sonoma State University and also attended Santa Rosa Junior College.

He spends his work-related time assisting clients in areas that include – forecasting, budgeting, feasibility studies, mergers and acquisitions, lender financing, succession planning, compensation planning, as well as income and estate tax planning.

Outside the office, he travels on biannual trips to Third World countries with the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club to do short-term eye care clinics. He was honored as Rotarian of the Year for 1998-1999 by the Sunrise Rotary Club for his outstanding leadership in the Guatemalan eye care project.Tom Knopf, Eckoff Accountancy145 N. Redwood Dr., San Rafael, 94903, www.eckoff.com, 415-499-9400Tom Knopf is the president and managing partner of Eckoff Accountancy Corporation. He has been with the firm for more than 30 years, and became a managing partner in 1997.Mr. Knopf received a bachelor of science in accounting from Santa Clara University. He is on the board of directors of AGN International, the board of the Rotary Club of San Rafael, the Marin County Athletic Foundation, the Marin Catholic Board of Regents and the Dominican College of San Rafael Planned Giving Advisory Council.Outside of accounting, Mr. Knopf is known for competitive swimming, added to the Marin Athletic Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 1998. He continues to participate in USMS Masters and rough water swimming programs.Scott Littman, managing partner, Jones, Schiller & Company, LLP100 Drake’s Landing Rd., Suite 200, Greenbrae, 94904, www.jonesschiller.com, 415-771-5335

Scott Littman is a managing partner at Jones, Schiller & Company, LLP. He has a degree from California State University, Chico.

Mr. Littman specializes in the representation of high net-worth individuals in tax and accounting matters that include tax planning and preparation, tax controversy, succession planning, buy/sell restructures, attestation audits and estate planning.Rob Morris, director for assurance and advisory services, Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP

899 Adams St., St. Helena www.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 said.

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

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.  He and his group particularly enjoy helping clients with developing financial forecast models and operational reviews of their business. 

He and his group also instruct an annual class titled “Winery Accounting and Finance” for the U.C., Davis extension.Carol O'Hara, managing partner, Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM)

110 Stony Point Road, Suite 210, Santa Rosa, 95401, www.bpmcpa.com,  707-524-6530

Carol O’Hara is the managing partner in the North Bay for Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM), a position she has held since shortly after the firm merged with Andersen & Co. in 2009.

“As partner in charge of the North Bay practice, it’s my job to build on the legacy of outstanding service of Andersen & Company 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.

Ms. 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. She moved to Sebastopol in 1998 to raise her then two-year old son “in a smaller, close knit community with lots of fresh air.”David Perotti, Perotti & Carrade CPAs1100 Larkspur Landing Cir., Suite 358, Larkspur, 94939, www.pc-cpas.com, 415-461-8500

David Perotti has been with the firm now known as Perotti & Carrade for more than thirty years. Prior to joining, Mr. Perotti spent nine years at the San Francisco firm then known as Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, where he played a key role in the formation of their small business department.

Mr. Periotti has significant experience in real estate management and development, affordable housing, wholesale distribution, travel, insurance brokerage, customs house brokerage, broadcasting and professional services. He also has significant experience with nonprofits and provides income tax assistance to individual clients.Ty Pforsich, Moss Adams LLP3700 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, 95403, www.mossadams.com, 707-527-0800

Ty Pforsich is the regional managing partner for Moss Adams’ Greater Bay Area region, which comprises three offices in Santa Rosa, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in tax. He has been with Moss Adams for 25 years and is a member of Moss Adams’s Executive Committee. 

Mr. Pforsich was born and raised in Sonoma County and graduated from Cardinal Newman High School. His father owned a hardware store in Sebastopol for many years. "I have a wonderful wife, Cindy, and three boys and enjoy supporting youth sports and activities, tennis, reading and travel," he said.

Moss Adams’s practice is focused on mid-sized to large businesses, both public and privately held, and their shareholders. It also serves not-for-profit organizations and high net-worth individuals. 

"Moss Adams has developed expertise in many industries, including: wine, food processing, agriculture, financial institutions, health care, real estate, technology and life sciences, construction, non-profit charities, government entities, manufacturing and distribution companies and employee benefit plan trusts.  We have staff dedicated to each of these industries who have devoted their respective careers to these industries," Mr. Pforsich said.Meredith Rennie, Director/Owner, Zainer Rinehart Clarke CPAs

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

Meredith Rennie is a native of Sonoma County. She grew up in Petaluma and has lived in Windsor for the last 12 years. 

Ms. Rennie started her college education as an engineering major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Once she figured out engineering was not for her, she pursued a business degree at SSU.  It was her first accounting professor, Sherri Anderson, who suggested she be an accountant, because she was good at it.  "Turns out, she was right," Ms. Rennie said. "I truly appreciate the variety of client opportunities and the challenging and interesting work that my accounting career has offered over the last fourteen years."

"ZRC is a full service accounting practice offering a contemporary alternative to the traditional way of delivering accounting services.  We are not the stereotypical number crunchers; we are a dynamic group of professionals exploring creative solutions to achieve the best results for our clients," Ms. Rennie said. "The majority of our clients are local businesses, however,  with our affiliation with DFK International/USA we offer solutions to clients across the country and around the world."Charles H, Stuckey, CPA, MBA, Principal, Wilson, Markle, Stuckey, Hardesty & Bott, LLP

101 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200 , Larkspur,  94939, www.wmshb.com, 415-925-1120

Charles Stuckey specializes in accounting and taxation consulting for high net-worth individuals. He also provides litigation support for organizations and serves as an expert witness. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1966.

He began his professional accounting career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse & Company. He participated in and managed audits for clothing manufacturers, banks, wholesale businesses specializing in electronics and a range of other firms. He served as manager of corporate analysis and development for Pacific National Life Assurance Company, reporting to the chairman of the board. He also established a securities broker-dealer subsidiary.

He received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his master's degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a trustee of the San Rafael Public Library, a director of the Rotary Club of San Rafael, and serves on other nonprofit boards and committees.

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