Pisenti & Brinker marking 50th anniversary

[caption id="attachment_88079" align="alignleft" width="142"] Ed Pisenti[/caption]

SANTA ROSA -- Backed by a panoramic window showing rolling grassland flanking a busy Highway 101, Ed Pisenti gestured with a smile to a corner of the conference room at the Santa Rosa office of Pisenti & Brinker.

Perched on sturdy metal legs was an immaculate Burroughs "style No. 3" adding machine, a hand-cranked mechanical calculator once considered state-of-the-art in the accounting profession.

"The end of its career was when I was just starting," he said with a laugh.

It wouldn't be the last fixture to go by the wayside in Mr. Pisenti's career in accounting, a field where changes in technology and practices have come at an ever-faster pace in recent years. Yet one thing has remained constant as the firm he founded with Lynn Brinker approaches its 50th anniversary:

"All of these products just do something," said Mr. Pisenti, now retired. "It's the experience of the people at this firm to interpret those results that makes the difference."Rapid growth

[caption id="attachment_88078" align="alignright" width="315"] Pisenti & Brinker partners office building in Santa Rosa[/caption]

It was in 1962 that Mr. Pisenti, then working at a San Francisco firm now part of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, turned down a promotion in Detroit to open a new practice in Santa Rosa. The three-person firm had doubled in size by 1965, when a partnership with Mr. Brinker launched the firm known today as Pisenti & Brinker.

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