Women in Business 2013: Marie Scherf, Burr Pilger Mayer

Marie Scherf

Senior manager, private company services, Burr Pilger Mayer, 110 Stony Point Rd., #210, Santa Rosa 95401; 707-524-6520; bpmcpa.com

Age: 58

Residence: Santa Rosa

Professional background: CPA since 1986, worked three years in private industry, public accounting since 1983

Education: Bachelor of English Literature, Uuniversity of California, Santa Barbara; 16 credits towards Masters in Taxation at Golden Gate University

Tell us about yourself and your company:  I started work at Andersen & Company in 1997, which was a CPA firm of about 17 employees led by Jim Andersen. In 2009, when we’d grown to about 35 employees, we merged with Burr Pilger Mayer, a firm based in San Francisco that employs about 400 people. Lucky for us, they embraced our little firm up in the North Bay and let us keep our office culture, which was invaluable to maintaining good employees and providing excellent client service, which is always our goal. I started out as a manager, and was promoted to Senior Manager after about two years. I work mostly with small-to-medium size businesses, high net worth individuals, as well as estates and trusts. I’m involved with a large variety of projects, including all types of tax returns, compiled and reviewed financial statements, and a considerable amount of consulting services. My specialty is the construction industry.

Is there a major accomplishment in the past year or so that you would like to share?: I just graduated from my first year as a member of Class 29 of Leadership Santa Rosa. Just being accepted to this fabulous program was an accomplishment, since Santa Rosa has a stellar program that is very competitive. It’s an amazing curriculum that exposes its participants to all aspects of the county’s operations in order to understand first hand how the city functions.

Its goal is to foster deeper connections to our communities, and encourage and teach participants to become leaders. It brought us in direct contact with many local leaders in government, business and industry, transportation, planning, agriculture, education, media, health and human services, public safety, and tourism. It was a phenomenal experience promoted by our local Chamber of Commerce and I highly recommend it.

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