Letter from the Publisher
The Los Angeles Business Journal was proud to host our inaugural Top 100 Accountants Awards and celebratory event on the evening of November 9th at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. This exciting event shone the spotlight on the region’s outstanding accounting community by recognizing Los Angeles’ top 100 professionals for their achievements, community involvement and impacts on the profession. In addition, we also presented several specialty awards to those who continue to excel in the profession in unique and impactful ways.
Considering the fact that the Los Angeles region has long been known for its status as a hub for fiscal and financial though leaders, being a standout in that field is particularly impressive.
The 100 accountants listed throughout this section have demonstrated exceptional legal skill and achievements across the full spectrum of responsibility, exemplary leadership and contributions to the Los Angeles community at large.
In the following pages we share biographical information on these financial stewards and shed some additional light on some of the premier examples of accounting practitioners among us today.
Special thanks to our Diamond Sponsor CSUN Nazarian College of Business and Economics for their support of this program, and the entire accounting community. We hope you enjoy this special section, which contains some unique insights on what exactly it means to be a leading accountant in today’s business climate.
Top 100 Accountants Profiles
Greg Altman – HCVT
Limor Amrani – Manela and Company
Ruth Baldauf – PARTNER Engineering and Science, Inc.
Sasha Baluka – Bessolo Haworth CPAs LLP
Michael Barloewen – Windes
Matt Barnet – Crowe LLP
Tom Barry – GHJ
Atikah Bholat – HCVT
Robert Bianchi – California CPA Group, INC.
Rosario Bobadilla-Farias – HCVT
Michael Bottala – MindBridge
Walt Brasch, Jr. – Prager Metis CPAs
Cheryl Calhoun – CBIZ, Inc.
Katie Carpenter – Matthews Real Estate Investment Services
Bryan Carreto – RSM US LLP
Catherine Catherine – Armanino LLP
King Y Chan – Chan & Company, Inc.
David Cieslak – RKL eSolutions LLC
Ken Coelho – Armanino LLP
Bryan Cohen – DLR Group
Collyn Condon – SpaceX
Kevin Conner – Conner Advisory Group
Don Crawford – Deloitte
Lilit Davtyan – Phonexa
Kip (Arthur) Dellinger – Kallman+Logan & Company, LLP
Tayiika Dennis – CliftonLarsonAllen
Gina DeRosa – Gina L. Derosa, CPA
Alanna Dibble – Mazars USA LLP
Van Gerard Dichoso – River Rock Films, LLC
Mimi Diep – Goetzman Group
Jeremy Dillard – SingerLewak LLP
Scott Donnelly – PDM, LLP
Suzie Doran – SingerLewak LLP
Frances Ellington – GHJ
Corey Fischer – Weinberg & Company, P.A.
Malissa Gaitan – PwC LLP
Todd Gelfand – Gelfand Rennert & Feldman
Jonathan Gerber – Gerber & Co Inc
Greg Geyer – KPMG LLP
Mohamed Ghattas – CohnReznick LLP
Azniv (Aza) Ghazaryan – Withum
Richard Giedlin – GURSEY | SCHNEIDER, LLP
Laura Gordon – Gordon and Associates Accountancy Corporation
Jan Goren – Citrin Coopermann Advisors LLC
Darryl Gross – gish SEIDEN LLP
Keith Hamasaki – KROST
Coral Hansen – B. Riley
Melissa Harman – Moss Adams
Lauren Haverlock – Moss Adams
Larry Haworth – Bessolo Haworth CPAs LLP
Calvin Hedman – Hedman Partners LLP
Carrie Hidding – teamCFO Inc.
Cathy Hyodo – Grant Thornton LLP
Albert Jang – Kim & Lee, LLP
Marijane Kantzabedian – Miller Kaplan
Debbie Kim – EY
Elaina Kogan – Singer Burke Zimmer Kogan, LLP
Mark Kruspodin – Duffy Kruspodin
Michael Lin – Harry C. Lin, CPA A Professional Corporation
Shawn P. Litchfield – Rhodes & Litchfield LLP, Virtual and Entertainment Tax Solutions LLP
Joseph “Joe” Mazza – RSM US LLP
Joe McGill – Topline Business Management
Zubin Mistry – CohnReznick LLP
Chikara “Ricky” Nagano – Prager Metis CPA
Satpal Nagpal – GHJ
Guy Nicio – Windes
Wendy On – Fineman West & Company
Charles Osaki – Cerritos College
Dee Dee Owens – KPMG LLP
Mark Pariser – Dunn, Pariser & Peyrot
Andy Park – EY
Robin H. Park – SingerLewak LLP
James Parks – CBIZ, Inc.
Christopher Passmore – Withum
Jillian Phan – Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP
Or Pikary – Mazars USA LLP
Scott Porter – EY
Abraham “Avi” Reichman – Frankel Reichman & Rizzo, LLP
Lori Rock – Marcum LLP
Steves Rodriguez – Freemark Financial
Joe Rust – Prager Metis CPAs
Rick Schenkel – Sobul Primes & Schenkel
Thomas Schulte – Armanino LLP
Mickey Segal – NKSFB
Lewis Sharpstone – Lewis Sharpstone & Co.
Jing Shen – CBIZ, Inc.
Michael Spindler – B. Riley
Leslie Stackpole – RSM US LLP
Craig Szabo – Szabo Accountancy Corp.
Edwin Takahashi – Kiyohara + Takahashi LLP
Vainhav Tandon – BPM
Natalie Tronkina – CohnReznick LLP
Gilbert Vasquez – Vasquez + Company LLP
Peter Velez – PCAOB
Christy Woods – Windes
Michelle Wroan – KPMG LLP
Bosco Yuen – Moss Adams
Greg Zelenay – Baker Tilly
ACCOUNTING ICON AWARD
Joseph Mazza – RSM US LLP
Cheryl Calhoun – CBIZ, Inc.
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