- Stanford University, Bachelors in International Relations
At SD Mayer, we take a holistic approach to business consulting. Using problem-solving, creative thinking and innovation, we help companies uncover and remedy issues preventing them from reaching their full potential. Our services include solar energy accounting, auditing and renewable energy business consulting.
As the trusted advisors of numerous businesses in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, we use our expertise to closely examine each financial concern while keeping an eye on the bigger picture.
Our years of experience help us provide an extensive list of services so your company can reach its true potential. We’re committed to helping your business succeed by providing tools to identify and understand the financial implications of your decisions, big and small. Our services include:
As a renewable energy company, you understand the importance of tapping into all available resources to give your business the upper hand. As your organization expands, it’s essential to partner with a consulting firm that can interpret complex regulations, obtain tax credits and secure funding opportunities on your behalf. We offer accounting for solar power plants, renewable energy companies and more.
At SD Mayer, we’re committed to offering our clients quality accounting and consultancy services. Our knowledgeable team has expertise in business advisory for renewable energy companies, which allows us to identify and implement saving opportunities for your unique needs.
As a smaller firm, we offer personalized services with exceptional attention to detail. Our holistic approach to business consulting, innovative thinking and creative problem solving allows us to provide accounting and advisory for life.
In-depth advice on wealth management, outsourced accounting, tax, and audit services.
No matter which side of the industry you’re on, you’ll almost certainly benefit from gaining more time to devote to your primary focus. We take care of the things you don’t have the time or expertise to handle, so you can work more closely with clients or engineer your next deal.
We can help with a range of needs, from taxes to accounting and bookkeeping. We can also aid you with wealth management and investment property financial advisor services. If you need a real estate CPA in the Bay Area and beyond, get in touch with us today to discuss how we can help you.
San Leandro Office
Since joining our firm in 2021, Osbaldo has consistently demonstrated a high degree of expertise and dedication in his role as an Audit Associate. With a comprehensive background in accounting and finance, he has taken on a spectrum of roles, adeptly managing accounts payable, implementing robust accounting procedures, and meticulously overseeing capital expenditures.
Osbaldo’s academic credentials are a testament to his commitment to the field. He commenced his educational journey at Diablo Valley College, where he achieved an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. Further amplifying his expertise, he pursued and successfully obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance, from the esteemed San Jose State University. Currently, in a bid to continually refine his skills and knowledge, Osbaldo is immersed in an MBA program.
His depth of knowledge, combined with his proactive approach, positions Osbaldo as a pivotal member of our team, contributing daily to the firm’s excellence.
Eric became an esteemed member of our firm in late 2017, lending his expertise to our Outsourced Accounting practice. As a manager, he doesn’t merely keep the books balanced and ensure timely payroll, reconciliations, and AR/AP tasks; he plays an instrumental role in shaping the future of our firm. His commitment to excellence is evident as he consistently mentors and guides junior staff members, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and skills required for the myriad projects the practice handles.
With a rich background spanning over a decade in the accounting domain, Eric’s unique blend of technical and financial acumen sets him apart. His educational journey is a fusion of engineering and accounting – holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Cal Poly SLO and complementing it with a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University.
Diligent, knowledgeable, and a beacon of guidance, Eric’s contributions continually drive our firm’s standards and successes to greater heights.
San Francisco Office
San Leandro Office
Isabel’s journey with our firm commenced in early-2023 within the outsourced accounting practice, and she has been an invaluable asset ever since. Her foundational experience as a staff accountant at Hardypaw provided her with keen insights into the intricate world of accounting. Further enriching her expertise, she dedicated three productive years to managing payroll and accounts payable at HealthyPets, Inc., honing her skills and enhancing her proficiency.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Isabel is deeply committed to her academic endeavors. She is diligently studying accounting and business management at De Anza College, showcasing her passion for continuous learning and growth in the field.
When not immersed in ledgers and balance sheets, Isabel finds solace in the company of her cherished cats, treasuring moments with friends and family. Grounded, diligent, and ever-evolving, Isabel is a testament to dedication and professional excellence.
San Francisco Office
Boasting over a decade of experience in public accounting, Angelica stands out as a seasoned tax expert within our team. Her forte encompasses comprehensive tax preparation services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, she plays a pivotal role in the meticulous management of diverse tax projects, ensuring every detail aligns with the highest standards of accuracy and compliance.
Before gracing SD Mayer with her expertise, Angelica collaborated with Noel McNabola at PMB Helin Donovan. Their dynamic partnership spanned approximately 3 years until the pivotal moment in 2016 when SD Mayer welcomed PMB Helin Donovan into its fold.
Angelica’s strong foundation in accounting is accredited to her academic achievements at San Francisco State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. As a tenured professional with an impeccable track record, Angelica remains a cornerstone of our firm’s tax and accounting endeavors.
Director, Business Development
San Francisco Office
With a distinguished career that spans three decades, John Benjamin brings to SD Mayer a wealth of knowledge encompassing entrepreneurship, real estate development, accounting, and management consulting. His dynamic experiences have seen him delve deep into the intricacies of finance, real estate development, and hospitality services. John’s remarkable acumen in fundraising, team development, and strategy consulting positions him as a leader par excellence within our firm.
At SD Mayer, John spearheads the business development department. His role is crucial to the relationship management of all client engagements. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, he drives the expansion and growth initiatives of the firm, ensuring our services not only meet but exceed the expectations of our clients.
Before his instrumental role at SD Mayer, John demonstrated leadership at Golden Gate Global as their Director of Project Development. Further testament to his multifaceted expertise, he has donned the hats of both CEO and CFO/Controller roles for various esteemed companies.
In John Benjamin, SD Mayer boasts not just a Director of Business Development, but a visionary dedicated to the firm’s continuous ascent in the world of business.
Senior Tax Manager
San Mateo Office
A stalwart presence at SD Mayer, Greg has been with the firm since its nascent stages in 2013 and brings with him an impressive two-decade legacy in accounting. With a meticulous eye for detail, his primary expertise revolves around tax return preparation and review, catering to an array of entities such as corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individuals.
Greg’s foundation in the realm of accounting is fortified by his Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University. Further enhancing his credentials, he also proudly holds a CPA designation, representing his commitment to excellence and adherence to the highest standards of the profession.
At SD Mayer, Greg isn’t just an accountant; he’s a beacon of reliability, precision, and dedication, ensuring clients receive top-notch tax guidance and solutions.
San Mateo Office
Rob, a recent yet formidable addition to our team in late-2022, serves as an Outsourced Accounting Manager. He brings a robust understanding of accounting, backed by an exemplary command over U.S. GAAP and FASB regulations. His journey over the past decade has seen him operate in the demanding realms of real estate as both a Controller and a consultant. Before this, he honed his skills in the dynamic restaurant industry, gathering invaluable experience and insights.
Adept at orchestrating monthly cash flows and budgets, Rob’s prowess extends to crafting precise monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements. Moreover, his meticulous approach ensures seamless reconciliations of GL accounts, assuring accuracy and compliance.
Rob’s academic credentials complement his professional achievements, holding a degree in Accounting and Business Management. At our firm, Rob stands as an embodiment of excellence and commitment, guiding our outsourced accounting endeavors with unmatched proficiency.
Senior Tax Manager
San Francisco Office
Seth, an accomplished accounting professional, became a pivotal part of our firm in 2022. His extensive accounting journey of two decades is characterized by a rich tapestry of industry engagements ranging from real estate, wineries, breweries, law firms, medical groups, to restaurants and retail establishments. Moreover, Seth’s client portfolio is diverse, catering to both individuals and closely-held businesses, demonstrating his versatility and depth of expertise.
Hailing from the Central Valley, Seth’s odyssey took him to Wisconsin post-college, where he earned his CPA credentials. This achievement was soon followed by procuring his CPA license in California. His quest for excellence led him to the vibrant Bay Area, contributing his prowess to renowned firms such as BPM and Elsberg & Garrett in Walnut Creek. Ultimately, he found his professional home with us at SD Mayer. Alongside a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Seth is on the cusp of adding a Master’s of Science in Taxation to his academic achievements this coming August.
Beyond the confines of balance sheets and tax codes, Seth is an avid outdoors enthusiast. His leisure pursuits encompass golf, culinary adventures, wine tasting sessions, and a penchant for exploring exquisite micro-brews. At SD Mayer, Seth isn’t just an accountant; he’s a multifaceted professional whose passion extends beyond ledgers to life’s finer joys.
Menlo Park Office
Sara, a bright alumna from the esteemed University of California, Davis, has seamlessly woven her academic foundation in Economics into her professional trajectory. Her association with us began during the 2021 tax season, when she graced our team as an intern, effortlessly showcasing her commitment, prowess, and potential. Recognizing her innate talent and drive, as of 2022, Sara has embarked on her full-fledged journey with our firm, now serving as a tax associate in our bustling Menlo Park office.
Her academic background, coupled with the hands-on experience she garnered during her internship, empowers Sara to deliver comprehensive and impeccable service to our diverse clientele. At SD Mayer, we are not only inspired by the knowledge Sara brings to the table but also her unwavering enthusiasm and dedication to the intricate world of taxation. We look forward to her continued growth and contributions, as she embodies the future of our profession.
Menlo Park Office
Emerging from the prestigious University of California, Davis, Lizeth brings a fresh and enthusiastic perspective to our team, armed with a degree in Economics. Her journey with us began as an intern during the 2021 tax season, where she showcased her dedication and aptitude, ultimately culminating in her joining our esteemed firm. As of 2022, Lizeth has transitioned into a full-time role, gracing our Menlo Park office as a tax associate.
Lizeth’s academic foundation, combined with her hands-on experience during her internship, positions her to deliver outstanding service to our clients. At SD Mayer, we’re not just proud of the expertise Lizeth brings to the table but also her unwavering commitment and passion for the world of taxation.
San Mateo Office
Aaron, a dedicated professional with a rich history in the accounting realm, joined the SD Mayer family in 2022 following our acquisition of Vocker Kristofferson and Co. CPAs. With a solid foundation built since his entry into the industry in 2013, Aaron has seamlessly balanced his role across both tax and audit teams, showcasing versatility and expertise.
In the intricate domain of taxation, Aaron’s specialization spans a broad spectrum, from individual and partnership filings to trusts, corporations, and nonprofits. Concurrently, on the audit front, his focus has been sharpened on the unique financial intricacies of nonprofits and employee benefit plans.
Academically, Aaron holds a Bachelors in Business Management in Economics from the esteemed University of California, Santa Cruz. Beyond his academic prowess, he’s further fortified his professional standing by achieving the respected designation of a licensed CPA. At SD Mayer, we value the depth of experience and knowledge that Aaron brings, and we are confident in his continued contribution to our firm’s legacy of excellence.
San Leandro Office
Tom is an accomplished finance and accounting professional, bringing to our firm 25-years of experience. His adeptness in finance encompasses a wide array of tasks, including processing and managing payroll, overseeing general ledger account structure, orchestrating accounts payable and receivable, monitoring inventory controls, executing precise reconciliations, and producing comprehensive reports.
While Tom’s recent tryst in the printing industry spanned a commendable three years, his experience isn’t confined to just one domain. He has navigated the intricate terrains of Property Management, Mortgage Banking, and the Health Insurance industries, ensuring his approach to accounting is both versatile and deep-rooted.
Beyond the confines of ledgers and balance sheets, Tom has also ventured into the dynamic world of retail marketing and merchandising, amassing around a decade of experience. This diversification showcases his adaptability and keen sense for business trends.
On the academic front, Tom laid his foundational understanding of accounting at Sierra College, from where he procured his associate’s degree. Furthermore, he broadened his horizons by attending courses at the University of Phoenix. At SD Mayer, we are thrilled to have Tom’s vast expertise and holistic approach, confident that he will be a pivotal asset to our team.
San Francisco Office
When Josiah joined the team as an audit associate in fall 2023, he brought with him a unique perspective shaped by his prior stint in finance. Working as a loan officer at Aegis Lending Corporation, Josiah navigated the intricate world of finance, where precision, attention to detail, and a keen sense for numbers were paramount. This invaluable experience undoubtedly serves as an asset in his new role as an audit associate, allowing him to see beyond just the numbers and understand the story they tell.
His academic journey is just as impressive. Earning his bachelor’s degree from the esteemed California State University East Bay, Josiah pursued Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. This solid foundation in business and accounting principles has prepared him well for the challenges of the auditing world. And now, with his active preparation for the CPA exam, Josiah underscores his commitment to excellence and a desire to continuously enhance his professional credentials.
But there’s more to Josiah than just work and academia. He values the bonds of relationships, cherishing the time spent with his partner of over a decade. Together, accompanied by their two loyal dogs, they make memories, exploring the great outdoors. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, Josiah and his partner are always on the lookout for the next adventure, making the most of their time together and embracing the beauty of the world.
In sum, Josiah’s journey from finance to auditing, combined with his love for adventure and family, make him a well-rounded professional and a valuable member of the team. His experiences both inside and outside the office contribute to a unique perspective that enhances his professional contributions.
San Mateo Office
Dina, a proficient and driven tax and accounting professional, became a cherished member of our firm in 2021. With a career initiation at the reputable Thomson Reuters, she gained invaluable experience on the corporate tax and accounting support end. Tax seasons with Thomson saw Dina as a lynchpin in providing top-tier assistance to accounting firms. Her responsibilities encompassed troubleshooting e-filing conundrums and guiding on data entry intricacies related to income tax products.
However, Dina’s journey didn’t stop there. The vibrant Bay Area accounting landscape witnessed her contributions at renowned entities like Robert Half, Hing Accountancy Corp, and Marcum. Particularly at Marcum, her role as a tax associate was marked by her meticulous work with high net-worth individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Furthermore, she proved her mettle in handling gift and trust tax returns, as well as being pivotal in year-end tax planning.
Academically, Dina shines bright with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, complemented by a Master’s Degree in Taxation. At SD Mayer, Dina’s amalgamation of hands-on experience and academic excellence assures us that we have onboarded a professional par excellence, and she continues to be a cornerstone of our success.
San Francisco Office
Combining meticulous attention to detail with a rich history in the realm of tax and accounting, Meixiao brings a wealth of experience to the SD Mayer team. Launching her career in 2014, she showcased her proficiency as a tax preparer at San Francisco State University, where she diligently assisted tax filers, ensuring they maximized refunds and minimized payments.
Her journey in the finance sector then led her to Asian, Inc., where she held significant responsibilities ranging from managing Accounts Payable and Receivable, to the diligent preparation of 1099 forms. Demonstrating a prowess in ensuring accurate financial reporting, Meixiao took on roles that involved recording payments, journal entry postings, and generating detailed financial statements.
However, her most extensive experience comes from her tenure at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Starting as an AP/AR Coordinator, her dedication and skillset saw her rise to the role of a General Ledger Accountant, where she further solidified her reputation for accuracy and integrity.
Educationally grounded, Meixiao holds an AA Degree in Accounting from the City College of San Francisco and furthered her expertise with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from San Francisco State University. At SD Mayer, we’re proud to have such a skilled and dedicated professional as part of our team.
Director of Outsource
San Leandro Office
Joining SD Mayer in 2014, Brian has consistently showcased his prowess in financial management and supervision. Serving as the firm’s Controller, he brings an integrated approach to his role, effortlessly merging his responsibilities in the Outsourced Accounting department. In this capacity, Brian not only offers his expertise as an outsourced CFO/Controller to clients but also mentors and supervises the dynamic team under his charge as the Director of Outsource.
With a career spanning nearly two decades in the realm of Finance, Brian’s rich tapestry of experience is evident. Prior to his tenure at SD Mayer, he provided strategic direction as a Finance Manager at another esteemed organization, further sharpening his acumen in financial strategy and oversight.
Academically accomplished, Brian possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Business Management. But his passion for continuous learning did not stop there. He pursued and attained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in Accounting & Finance. This dual qualification equips him with both the technical expertise and the strategic insight to lead financial operations with precision and foresight.
With Brian at the helm of our financial affairs, SD Mayer is assured of sound financial stewardship, underpinned by years of hands-on experience and academic rigor.
Senior Audit Associate
Avery started with the firm in 2023 and works in the audit department.
San Francisco Office
Joining SD Mayer in 2018 through a coveted internship program with CalPoly, Kelly’s journey from an intern to a full-fledged member of the audit team is a testament to her dedication, skill set, and unparalleled work ethic. The seeds of her professional foundation were sown during her internships with esteemed firms, Moss Levy & Hartzheim LLP and Deloitte. These experiences imbued her with a nuanced understanding of the audit and accounting world, preparing her for the challenges ahead.
At SD Mayer, Kelly has proven to be an invaluable asset. Her analytical prowess is evident in her ability to dissect complex financial statements, ensuring they adhere to the highest standards of transparency and accuracy. Specializing in financial report audits, she collaborates seamlessly with our tight-knit audit team, contributing to both the strategic and operational facets of the audit process.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Cal Poly SLO, Kelly combines her academic grounding with practical insights, ensuring her clients receive top-tier audit services. As she continues to evolve and grow with SD Mayer, Kelly is undoubtedly set to achieve many more milestones in her illustrious career.
San Francisco Office
Having kick-started his career with some of the most prestigious accounting firms in the region, including Young, Craig and Co LLP, Andersen, and Seiler LLP, Joe brings to SD Mayer a wealth of experience and a profound understanding of private client services. He joined our firm in 2022 and has rapidly become an integral member of our tax team.
Joe specializes in individual, estate, and trust returns. His adeptness at tax planning, especially for high net-worth clients in the Bay Area, is a testament to his expertise and dedication. Each project Joe undertakes reflects his commitment to precision, comprehensive research, and client satisfaction.
An alumnus of the University of San Francisco, Joe holds a degree in Finance. Currently, he’s ardently pursuing his CPA license, underscoring his commitment to continuous learning and professional growth. Excited by the myriad opportunities at SD Mayer, Joe is keen on broadening his horizons and scaling new heights in his career.
Outside the professional arena, Joe has a rich personal life. He cherishes moments spent with his long-time girlfriend, Madie, and shares a special bond with his senior Chihuahua, Slim. A sports enthusiast, Joe can often be found on the golf course or the tennis court, perfecting his game. A self-confessed foodie, Joe loves exploring the myriad gastronomic delights the City offers, always on the hunt for the next best restaurant.
At SD Mayer, we are thrilled to have Joe on board, confident that his unique blend of expertise, passion, and dedication will continue to contribute significantly to our firm’s growth and success.
San Mateo Office
Helen’s impressive trajectory in the realm of tax is nothing short of inspirational. With a formidable tenure spanning over 30 years, she has had the privilege of associating with industry giants, starting with PWC and including renowned names like Franklin Templeton Investments, Sensiba San Filippo, and Brown Adams.
In her current role at SD Mayer, Helen dons the mantle of the Tax Practice Leader. This isn’t just a title; it embodies the myriad responsibilities and leadership roles she undertakes. Her proficiency isn’t limited to tax intricacies alone. She is instrumental in steering the direction of the firm’s tax practice, a role that encompasses hiring, strategic planning, production, billing, and training. As a testament to her leadership qualities and her pivotal role in the firm, she is also a key member of the leadership team, transition team, and is the driving force behind weekly department meetings.
Helen’s academic background might come as a surprise to many, as she holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the prestigious Stanford University. This multidisciplinary education equips her with a unique perspective, allowing her to approach tax from a holistic, global viewpoint.
Beyond her impeccable technical expertise and leadership acumen, Helen is known for her commitment to nurturing talent, fostering an environment of continuous learning, and ensuring the firm’s tax practice not only meets but consistently exceeds industry standards. For Helen, it’s not just about numbers and strategies; it’s about people, growth, and the unwavering commitment to excellence.
With a career journey that started in 2008, Frisye’s commitment to accounting has been unwavering. Her early foray into the industry began after her graduation from college, and since then, she’s carved out a distinct niche for herself, collaborating with some of the industry’s most esteemed names. Her professional stints with Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM), TNT, Inc. Certified Public Accountants, and Armanino are a testament to her versatility and proficiency in the field.
From her initial role as a Tax Associate, Frisye’s innate talent, dedication, and expertise facilitated her steady rise to the position of Tax Manager. Her ability to understand complex financial structures and deliver strategic tax solutions has been consistently recognized and valued by her peers and clients alike.
Despite her bustling professional life, Frisye has always maintained a balanced approach. Presently, she collaborates with us at SD Mayer on a part-time basis, working remotely. This arrangement not only underscores her adaptability but also her dedication to her role as a mother, as she diligently balances her professional commitments with raising her child.
Frisye’s educational credentials are as impressive as her professional ones. She began her academic journey at De Anza College, where she earned an AA in Liberal Arts. Later, she advanced to Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, securing a Bachelor’s degree in both Accounting and Finance. With her comprehensive educational background and vast industry experience, Frisye is an invaluable asset to SD Mayer and the broader accounting community.
San Mateo Office
With a distinguished career spanning over 15 years in the realms of accounting and finance, Michael’s professional trajectory is both impressive and inspiring. His journey has seen him affiliate with industry giants like Novogradac & Company and Wells Fargo, weaving a tapestry of experiences that have shaped his expertise. An integral chapter of his career unfolded with Vocker Kristofferson and Co., a renowned establishment that merged with SD Mayer in 2022, further broadening Michael’s horizons.
Now, as a Partner with SD Mayer, Michael’s role is multi-faceted. He diligently serves a diverse clientele ranging from individuals to high wealth families, partnerships, corporations, and nonprofits. His profound insights into various sectors like real estate, stock options, estate tax, small businesses, and trusts empower his clients to navigate the intricate world of finance with confidence and clarity.
Michael’s specialization extends to collaborating closely with high-net-worth individuals and families, offering them tailored financial strategies that optimize their wealth and ensure its growth and protection. His comprehensive understanding of the nonprofit sector further solidifies his reputation as a versatile financial expert.
Academically, Michael’s credentials mirror his professional achievements. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, accentuated with an Accounting emphasis, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Further honing his specialization, he pursued and acquired a Master’s degree in Taxation from the esteemed Golden Gate University.
In sum, Michael’s amalgamation of hands-on experience, theoretical knowledge, and an unwavering commitment to excellence makes him a cornerstone of SD Mayer and a trusted advisor in the accounting and finance landscape.
San Mateo Office
Marianne embodies the spirit of leadership, determination, and expertise in the world of accounting. With her foundation firmly set with eight pivotal years at a significant local CPA firm, Marianne took the bold step in 1990 to co-found her very own enterprise, Vocker Kristofferson and Co. For three decades, she steered this venture to impressive heights, culminating in its acquisition by SD Mayer in 2022.
One of Marianne’s distinguishing attributes is her proficiency across both audit and tax sectors, ensuring holistic and comprehensive service delivery to her clientele. Her academic credentials are equally commendable, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business-Economics from the esteemed University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in Taxation from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Beyond her professional sphere, Marianne’s dedication spills into her community engagements. She has been an active contributor to a myriad of organizations, serving as a board member for the San Mateo-Foster City Community Education Foundation, the Highlands Recreation District, and Music at Kohl Mansion. In her past roles, she wore the hat of the treasurer for both the Rotary Club of Burlingame and the Congregational Church of San Mateo, further underscoring her commitment to serving her community with her financial acumen.
On the state level, Marianne continues to be a significant influencer in the accounting industry. She presently contributes to the State Committee of Accounting Practices and Accounting Standards. Her past commitment includes two tenures on the State Peer Review Committee, offering her seasoned perspectives to bolster standards across the profession.
Marianne’s journey from an accountant at a local firm to the co-founder of her very own venture, and now as a pivotal part of SD Mayer, is a testament to her unwavering commitment, versatile expertise, and an enduring spirit of community service.
San Mateo Office
WanJun is one of the newer additions to the SD Mayer family, having joined us in 2022 following the strategic acquisition of Vocker Kristofferson and Co. CPAs. Though relatively new to the accounting world with her professional journey starting in 2019, WanJun has already demonstrated her capability and adaptability, serving in both tax and audit departments with equal aplomb.
In her tenure as an accountant, she has shown significant proficiency in tax matters, including handling individual, corporate, and nonprofit clients. WanJun’s audit expertise is also expansive, with a special emphasis on auditing analytical procedures, meticulous engagement planning and testing, financial statement preparation, and adjustments to trial balances. Moreover, she’s adept at crafting Independent Auditor Reports that reflect accuracy and clarity, integral for a firm’s reputation.
An alumna of San Francisco State University, WanJun graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2019. This strong academic background, coupled with her on-the-job experiences, has positioned her as an emerging talent in the world of accounting.
With her keen attention to detail and an evident passion for the field, WanJun has swiftly become an invaluable asset to SD Mayer and our esteemed clientele. As she continues her journey with us, we’re eager to see her explore even greater heights in her career.
San Leandro Office
Since joining the SD Mayer team in late-2022, Anthony has quickly become an indispensable member of our family. With a foundation rooted in prior experience managing bill of ladings and handling intricate reconciliations, he brings a keen eye for detail and a thorough understanding of critical accounting processes.
Although relatively new to our firm, Anthony’s transition into the outsourced accounting department has been seamless. His adaptability, combined with a solid grounding in the basics of accounting, ensures that he contributes value to our team and our clients every day.
A proud alumnus of Cal East Bay, Anthony graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, reinforcing his theoretical knowledge and providing him with a robust platform to jump into the practical world of accounting.
Anthony’s fresh perspective, commitment to excellence, and genuine passion for the profession make him a noteworthy rising talent at SD Mayer. As he continues to carve out his niche in the accounting realm, we have no doubt he will reach impressive milestones and further strengthen our collective prowess.
San Mateo Office
Since joining SD Mayer in 2018, Carlos has continually showcased an unwavering commitment to precision and excellence. As a vital part of our outsourced accounting team, Carlos isn’t just an accountant; he’s a gatekeeper of accuracy for clients spanning a diverse array of industries.
His prowess in providing top-notch bookkeeping and bill pay support is evident in the trust that his clientele places in him. Carlos takes a deep dive into the intricacies of full-cycle accounting, ensuring that every transaction is meticulously recorded in the General Ledger in adherence to GAAP principles. The meticulous fixed asset schedules and financial statements he crafts are more than just numbers; they tell a story of the financial health and trajectory of a business.
Yet, it’s not just about the numbers for Carlos. He possesses the rare talent of translating intricate data into clear, coherent board presentations, enabling decision-makers to grasp the significance of analytical findings at a glance.
His educational foundation from San Francisco State University, where he majored in accounting, has equipped him with the technical skills that he seamlessly blends with his innate analytical abilities.
At SD Mayer, Carlos stands as a testament to what it means to be both a number cruncher and a strategic thinker, ensuring that the financial narratives he presents are as compelling as they are precise.
Office Manager, San Mateo
San Mateo Office
Alona joined the SD Mayer family in 2022 and swiftly assumed the crucial role of Office Manager at our San Mateo branch. With a rich tapestry of professional experiences, she embodies the qualities of a quintessential manager, seamlessly ensuring the smooth day-to-day functioning of the office.
Her time as an administrative assistant in a San Francisco property management firm was marked by a meticulous approach and a knack for understanding the intricate details of administrative functions. Three years in this role honed her skills, preparing her for the diverse challenges of her next assignment. At the Teaspoon Franchising Company, Alona showcased her adeptness with numbers as a bookkeeper. From handling accounts receivable and payable to taking on payroll duties, from reconciling bank statements to crafting financial reports, her proficiency left an indelible mark.
These roles, combined with her four-year tenure as an office manager at another prestigious accounting firm, have equipped Alona with a distinct set of skills that now benefit SD Mayer. It’s clear that when it comes to organizational management and administration, Alona is no stranger to the intricacies and demands.
Notably, Alona’s educational journey took root in the Philippines, where she delved deep into computer education. This foundation surely plays a pivotal role in her ability to integrate technology seamlessly into her management style.
In Alona, SD Mayer has not only a skilled professional but also a dynamic team player who brings warmth, efficiency, and a touch of her unique journey to our bustling San Mateo location.
Founder & Managing Partner
San Francisco Office
At the intersection of ambition, vision, and relentless dedication stands Steve Mayer, the mastermind behind SD Mayer & Associates. With San Francisco as its backdrop, this accounting, consulting, and wealth management firm is a testament to Steve’s visionary spirit and unwavering commitment to excellence.
Before embarking on his journey with SD Mayer, Steve helmed the ship at Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM) as its CEO. His leadership acumen extended far beyond the accounting domain, with ventures spanning the eclectic realms of gastronomy, banking, and literature. From co-founding Presidio Bank to owning a slice of Books Inc., and even diving into the bustling restaurant scene, Steve’s entrepreneurial flair is evident in every endeavor.
Yet, what truly amplifies Steve’s professional prowess is his holistic approach. With an expansive career that encompasses accounting, consulting, and wealth management, he offers a rare 360-degree perspective. Whether it’s the intricate nuances of tax and accounting, strategic mergers and acquisitions, or guiding businesses with visionary advisory services, Steve is the quintessential professional his clients rely upon.
Beyond his business ventures, Steve’s heart beats for the community. Over four enriching decades, he has poured his time, energy, and passion into more than 15 non-profit boards. Noteworthy stints include the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the influential Bay Area Council, and the halls of Riordan High School, underscoring his commitment to giving back. The creation of the 5 Buckets Foundation is the legacy he leaves to future young adults seeking financial literacy education.
A man of letters, Steve has also penned three books, sharing his insights, experiences, and expertise with a wider audience. On the home front, San Mateo resonates with the joyous echoes of his family life, where he cherishes moments with his wife of over three decades and their three children.
And if there were any doubts about Steve’s zest for life, they were put to rest when, at 60, he embraced the grueling challenge of an Ironman. Not just a feat of physical endurance, it symbolized his indomitable spirit, proving that age is merely a number when one’s spirit remains unyielding.
In Steve Mayer, one witnesses the remarkable fusion of a visionary leader, a community pillar, and a man deeply committed to every facet of life.
Katie’s journey in the world of accounting is an inspiring tale of adaptability and passion. With an impressive stint at Blend, LLC, she brings a wealth of experience to SD Mayer, particularly in the realms of e-commerce and small businesses – sectors that are dynamic, ever-evolving, and crucial in today’s digital age.
Her expertise with tools like QBO and Bill.com demonstrates her commitment to stay ahead in the technology curve, ensuring that she not only understands the nuances of her field but also harnesses the power of modern tools to deliver excellence.
While her professional acumen is commendable, what makes Katie truly stand out is her personal story. Originally a California native, she now embraces the beautiful landscapes of North Carolina. Working from her home office, she perfectly balances the demands of her profession with the joys of motherhood. Exploring the picturesque coastal regions with her kids, Katie’s weekends are a blend of adventure and bonding. Whether it’s supporting her son’s cub scout activities or fueling her daughter’s passion for cars, she’s a hands-on mom who loves every bit of it.
Katie’s story is a testament to the modern professional – someone who seamlessly blends work with personal passions, and who isn’t bound by geographical confines. At SD Mayer, she’s not just an accountant; she’s a symbol of flexibility, commitment, and the joy of pursuing one’s passions, be it accounting, coastal adventures, or the thrill of a car race.
San Francisco Office
Joining SD Mayer in 2020, Patrick stands as a testament to dedication, diversity, and depth in the world of finance. With nearly a decade of experience across a multitude of industries, his portfolio shines bright with a range of expertise – from astute budgetary projections to meticulous tracking of sales.
His profound understanding of financial analysis ensures that the numbers aren’t just numbers; they narrate a story, provide insights, and forecast a vision. When it comes to P&L ratios and expense reports, Patrick possesses an analytical prowess that offers clarity and foresight, making him an invaluable asset to the team.
Drew University, a renowned institution, recognized his zeal and passion, awarding him a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. But education is just one facet of Patrick’s multifaceted persona. Living in the bustling streets of New York and the politically vibrant atmosphere of Washington DC has given him an expanded worldview, imbibing in him the pulse of two of America’s most iconic cities.
With Patrick on board, SD Mayer doesn’t just get an expert with numbers; they get a seasoned strategist, a curious economist, and a global citizen, all rolled into one. It’s not just about balancing the books; it’s about understanding the world through the lens of economics, and Patrick does that with aplomb.
San Francisco Office
Spanning over four illustrious decades, Noel’s journey in the accounting world is one of vision, innovation, and unwavering dedication. It began in the historic halls of Coopers & Lybrand (now transformed to the iconic PwC) in the heart of San Francisco. But for someone of Noel’s caliber, the journey was just beginning.
Taking the lessons and experiences from Coopers & Lybrand, Noel ventured into the world of entrepreneurship. Joining forces with the brilliant minds of Tony Pohl and Mike Berg, the trio gave birth to Pohl, McNabola Berg & Co., a testament to their combined vision and drive. But Noel’s ambition knew no bounds. 2006 saw him orchestrating a merger with Helin, Donovan, Trubee & Wilkinson from Austin, TX. The result? PMB Helin Donovan (PMBHD), a formidable entity boasting 150 dedicated employees and 22 visionary partners.
However, destiny had a poetic chapter waiting for Noel. In 2016, he found his way back to a familiar face, Steve Mayer at SD Mayer, both of whom had once been the torchbearers at Coopers & Lybrand. This reunion wasn’t just a professional merger; it was a full-circle moment that underlined the very essence of Noel’s journey.
Now, wearing the esteemed hat of the partner-in-charge of the tax department at SD Mayer, Noel continues to work his magic. With a special focus on high net-worth individuals and their associated pass-through entities like S-Corps, LLCs, and trusts, he has carved a niche for himself. His in-depth expertise in aiding ex-pat taxpayers and non-resident aliens ensures they find their way through the labyrinth of complex tax rules.
Beyond his professional prowess, Noel’s commitment to the community is commendable. As a proud member of the San Francisco Estate Planning Committee and the AICPA, he leaves no stone unturned. His past accolades include chairing the San Francisco Nonprofit Committee and representing the San Francisco chapter for CalCPA.
In the realm of accounting, Noel stands as a beacon of expertise, experience, and excellence.
Menlo Park Office
In the vast universe of public accounting, Julie shines as one of its brightest stars. With a sterling career that spans over a quarter of a century, she is a testament to dedication, expertise, and versatility in the realm of finance.
Julie embarked on her journey with SD Mayer in 2013, and it has been a remarkable voyage of growth and achievement since then. With her experience enriching every corner of the firm, Julie is renowned for her specialization in the intricacies of nonprofits. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Julie’s brilliance knows no bounds, as she adeptly manoeuvres between outsourced accounting, tax, and audit departments with unparalleled ease. It’s a rare feat to find such multifaceted talent, making Julie an indispensable asset to the firm.
Operating from the Menlo Park office, Julie’s presence brings dynamism and depth to the team, being one of the select few who dedicate their time there consistently.
But like all seasoned professionals, Julie’s journey has been built on the bedrock of diverse experiences. Before her tenure at SD Mayer, Julie collaborated with Steve at BPM, further enriching her reservoir of knowledge. This was followed by a productive phase with Joanne, another stalwart partner at SD Mayer, during their time at Brown Adams. These experiences, stitched together, have given Julie a panoramic view of the accounting world, making her an authority in her domain.
Julie’s academic prowess is rooted in the esteemed corridors of San Jose State University, from where she secured her Bachelor’s degree. A licensed accounting professional for 23 of her 26 years in the field, she is a beacon of reliability, expertise, and dedication.
In Julie, SD Mayer doesn’t just have an accountant; they have a visionary, a strategist, and a mentor, all rolled into one.
San Francisco Office
In the realm of tax expertise, particularly in the intricate domain of nonprofit taxation, Madelyn stands out as a paragon of excellence. With a career that spans across significant milestones, she brings with her a vast trove of experience and knowledge to SD Mayer.
Madelyn’s journey began with Hood & Strong, where she honed her skills for a commendable seven years. By the time she transitioned to SD Mayer in 2023, Madelyn had already etched her mark as a formidable force in the industry.
Holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the prestigious Chapman University, Madelyn’s academic credentials are as solid as her professional prowess. Her commitment to the field is further exemplified by her active memberships with CalCPA and AICPA. Beyond her professional affiliations, Madelyn showcases her dedication to community and leadership through her involvement with the Junior League of Oakland/East Bay.
Yet, there’s much more to Madelyn than just balance sheets and tax codes. She’s a culinary enthusiast, always on the hunt for new recipes to try. Sources of her inspiration? The Food Network app, Tasty, and the myriad of social media channels where delectable recipes beckon her. Her passion doesn’t stop at the kitchen door, though.
A die-hard sports aficionado, Madelyn’s heart beats for the 49ers, the Golden State Warriors, and the San Francisco Giants. She wears her loyalty on her sleeve, cheering for her teams with an enthusiasm that’s infectious.
Travel is another avenue where Madelyn’s spirit soars. With an ever-growing list of places to explore, she remains ever eager to add more destinations. And if you ever have a recommendation, she’s all ears!
At SD Mayer, Madelyn is not just an accountant. She’s a reservoir of knowledge, a culinary explorer, a fervent sports fan, and a globe-trotter, all in one. And that’s what makes her such an invaluable asset to the team.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
San Francisco Office
If the world of accounting and operations at SD Mayer had an unsung hero, Wyatt would be wearing that cape. Joining the firm in 2018, Wyatt’s quick rise to the position of COO within just a year is a testament to his unparalleled skillset and forward-thinking approach.
With half a decade’s experience in the complex realms of operations and project management prior to joining the firm, Wyatt wasn’t just another run-of-the-mill operations professional. His distinctive engineering background brought an analytical rigor and a precision-oriented mindset to the table, setting him apart from the crowd.
While Wyatt’s primary role encompasses overseeing the multifaceted internal operations, including domains like IT, HR, billing, and project management, his involvement doesn’t just stop there. He is an intrinsic part of several of the firm’s consulting projects, especially when it boils down to the realms of data analysis and reporting. The man possesses an uncanny knack for diving deep into the vast seas of data, extracting pearls of insights that drive actionable strategies.
His prowess in analyzing intricate data streams and turning them into actionable intelligence has paved the way for the firm to enhance its productivity and revenue streams significantly. With Wyatt’s hand on the wheel, data isn’t just numbers. It becomes a story, a map, a guide to what’s next.
And while his analytical talents are commendable, whispers around the firm have it that Wyatt’s engineering genius isn’t just limited to accounting and operations. Tales of his capacity to engineer spacecraft and missiles are told in hushed tones, adding an aura of mystique around this operational wizard.
At SD Mayer, Wyatt is much more than just the COO. He is the bridge between numbers and narratives, the beacon guiding the ship through stormy seas of data, and the strategic compass pointing the way forward. With an engineer’s precision and an analyst’s insight, Wyatt is redefining the paradigm of operations at SD Mayer.
San Leandro Office
In the world of outsourced accounting, Ken is the name that resonates with reliability, expertise, and precision. Joining SD Mayer in 2014, he has since been an integral part of the firm’s journey, providing an unwavering commitment to excellence.
As a Quickbooks certified professional, Ken stands as a beacon of knowledge and skill in the firm. Whenever there’s a need for a new client implementation, Ken is the go-to expert. This isn’t just due to his certification, but also because of the trust he has earned over the years. When Ken is on a project, the team knows it is in capable hands.
His responsibilities don’t stop at implementations. Ken’s role spans across critical accounting functions – be it monthly closes, crafting meticulous journal entries, handling monthly accruals, or ensuring every number aligns perfectly in the general ledger. His methodical approach and attention to detail ensure that every account is reconciled with precision, every time.
Ken’s expertise isn’t just a product of his years at SD Mayer. He carries with him the weight of about 15 years of experience from prior roles in the accounting world, having managed accounts payable and receivable at several esteemed firms. This vast experience is evident in every project he undertakes, ensuring clients receive nothing short of the best.
Outside of the numbers and software, Ken is a proud alumnus of UC Davis, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. This foundation in economics, combined with his hands-on experience in accounting, gives him a unique perspective on financial projects, making him a valuable asset not just to SD Mayer but to every client he serves.
In essence, Ken isn’t just an accountant or a Quickbooks expert. He’s a financial craftsman, weaving together his extensive knowledge and experience to deliver top-tier accounting solutions, project after project.
San Leandro Office
In the rapidly evolving world of accounting and finance, Juelle is a rising star, contributing with her unique blend of expertise in both tax and audit. Since joining our Audit practice in 2023, she has showcased a level of proficiency that speaks volumes about her dedication and analytical acumen.
Though she has a mere year of experience in tax, her work primarily focused on individual tax returns reflects depth and precision. It’s not just about crunching numbers for Juelle; it’s about understanding the story behind each figure, ensuring the accuracy and compliance of each return she processes.
Transitioning to audit, Juelle discovered her true calling. With two years of hands-on experience, her prowess, particularly in the realm of construction audits, has become a valuable asset for the firm. The intricacies of construction financial statements, with its unique revenue recognition, cost allocation, and contracting nuances, are well within Juelle’s grasp. Furthermore, her expertise in Employee Benefit Plans showcases her versatility, adding another feather to her auditing cap.
Her educational background is just as impressive. A proud alumna of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Juelle’s grounding in Business Administration and Management equips her with a holistic understanding of businesses. This, combined with her technical skills, ensures she brings a balanced, insightful approach to her work.
Beyond her technical prowess, Juelle is also known for her meticulousness, her commitment to continuous learning, and her ability to build strong relationships with clients. She’s not just an auditor; she’s a trusted financial advisor, guiding clients through the complexities of their financial landscape with confidence and clarity.
As Juelle continues her journey with our firm, her multifaceted expertise and dedication to excellence promise great things for both her future and the continued success of our Audit practice.
San Mateo Office
In the dynamic landscape of taxation, where the intricacies of financial statutes often overlap with the personal aspirations of individuals and businesses, Cyndel shines as a beacon of expertise and precision. Joining our firm in 2023, she quickly became an invaluable asset to our tax department with her comprehensive knowledge and experience.
Specializing in high-net-worth individuals, Cyndel understands the unique challenges and opportunities this niche presents. From the complexities of stock options, capital gains, and diverse investment portfolios to the subtleties of estate and legacy planning, Cyndel offers a meticulous and strategic approach.
Moreover, her prowess in tax planning ensures that her clients not only remain compliant but also optimize their tax positions, maximizing returns and minimizing liabilities. Her expertise with passthrough entities and small businesses further underscores her holistic understanding of the tax landscape. For businesses, whether they operate as an S-Corp, LLC, or partnership, Cyndel’s guidance has been instrumental in navigating the intricate layers of deductions, credits, and revenue allocations.
Cyndel’s decade-long tenure as the Senior Tax Manager at a San Mateo-based accounting firm provided her with a depth of experience, solidifying her place as an industry veteran. It’s not just her technical expertise that stands out, but also her ability to build and nurture long-term client relationships, understanding their individual needs, and providing solutions that resonate with their financial goals.
Her academic credentials are just as formidable. A proud graduate of the University of the Philippines, Cyndel’s foundation in Business Economics gives her a unique perspective, allowing her to weave macroeconomic principles into individual tax strategies. Additionally, as an enrolled agent, she possesses the federally recognized expertise in taxation, further testament to her commitment to excellence in the field.
In Cyndel, our clients find more than just a tax consultant. They discover a strategic partner, an advisor who delves deep into the numbers to unearth opportunities, and a professional whose dedication to their financial well-being is both unwavering and unparalleled. As she continues to redefine excellence in our tax department, we look forward to the value and insight Cyndel will bring in the years to come.
San Francisco Office
Robby, an esteemed Audit Associate at SD Mayer, joined our team in the fall of 2023. A seasoned auditor, he boasts a portfolio that includes working with esteemed firms such as EDD and Mah & Associates. Over the years, Robby has carved out a niche in payroll tax auditing, employee benefit plans, and in the intricate domains of nonprofit and governmental audits.
An alumnus of California State University East Bay, Robby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a special focus on Accounting. Passionate about continued growth, he’s currently navigating the pathway to securing his CPA license.
Away from the numbers and financial statements, Robby’s life is equally vibrant. A proud pet parent, he shares a bond with his golden doodle, Aace. A fitness aficionado, Robby’s regimen includes rigorous workouts and weightlifting sessions. His affinity for the outdoors often finds him hiking, while his quieter moments are reserved for indulging in literature.
San Mateo Office
From the chambers of political science to the intricate hallways of finance and accounting, Jennifer’s journey with numbers and societal structures stands testament to her versatility. Starting her professional sojourn in 2023 with our Outsourced Accounting practice, Jennifer has proven herself to be a valuable asset, amalgamating her understanding of political paradigms with accounting precision.
Before joining our team, Jennifer has accumulated a wealth of experience, working with some of the most respected names in their respective industries. Whether it was her time at BLVD Residential, where she delved deep into the specifics of real estate finance, or at HMH Engineers, Ruth & Going, and ReSurge International, Jennifer showcased her adaptability and proficiency in diverse accounting environments. Over these six years, she not only amassed technical know-how but also an understanding of the unique financial needs and challenges that each industry brings.
However, what truly makes Jennifer’s profile distinct is her educational background. With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, Jennifer brings a nuanced understanding of societal systems and structures. This knowledge provides her with a unique perspective when approaching finance. She’s not just looking at numbers; she’s considering the broader political and societal implications that those numbers might represent.
In the complex world of accounting, where every entry matters and each financial decision can have cascading effects, Jennifer’s broader worldview is invaluable. It allows her to consider not just the immediate financial impact but also the longer-term societal and political consequences.
As Jennifer continues to grow and evolve in her role, one thing is clear: she’s not just another accountant. She’s a testament to the idea that when diverse educational backgrounds meet professional expertise, the result can be truly extraordinary. Jennifer is poised to continue making significant contributions to the firm and the broader world of finance, guided by her unique blend of political insight and accounting acumen.
San Francisco Office
Fadi is more than an auditor; he’s a bridge between numbers and narratives. With an enviable career spanning over two decades in the auditing and assurance realm, he has been at the forefront, working with the crème de la crème of the industry, including stalwarts like Marcum LLP, Lindquist LLP, KPMG, and Deloitte. His vast experience encompasses an impressive spectrum – from financial statement audits and reviews to examinations, single audits, and even specialized procedures that only a few in the industry can claim expertise in.
His client portfolio is equally diverse, reflecting his ability to seamlessly navigate different industries and entities. Whether it’s biotech firms racing against time to bring innovations to life, financial powerhouses making strategic moves, manufacturing giants fine-tuning their production processes, or nonprofit organizations striving to make a difference, Fadi has been there, ensuring financial transparency and accuracy. His work with employee benefit plans, government units, and public agencies underlines his versatility and commitment to upholding the highest standards of the profession.
However, what’s truly unique about Fadi is his academic and cultural foundation. With a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Al Albayt University in Jordan, he brings a global perspective to his work, seamlessly blending Western best practices with Middle Eastern insights. This, complemented by an active CPA license, sets him apart in the auditing world.
Yet, there’s another side to Fadi, one that’s far removed from balance sheets and ledgers. He is a family man at heart, cherishing moments with his wife and four sons. Their adventures range from camping under the stars to the adrenaline rush of soccer. Weekends are special, with hikes up Mount Diablo, soaking in the panoramic views of the Bay area and the mesmerizing cityscape of San Francisco. And if you ever come across breathtaking drone shots capturing the beauty of nature, chances are, they were taken by Fadi, the auditor with an eye for beauty.
In Fadi, we see the convergence of two worlds – the precision of auditing and the freedom of the great outdoors. This balance makes him not just an asset to his profession but also an inspiration to those around him.
Nick’s entry into our firm in 2022 heralded a blend of theoretical insight and practical expertise. As a consultant in the Outsourced Accounting practice, he has been instrumental in ensuring that our clients, spanning a myriad of industries, receive the best bookkeeping and bill pay support.
His proficiency doesn’t just stop at routine bookkeeping. With over five years under his belt, Nick has honed his skills in the niche areas of accounts payable and accounts receivable. His adeptness in managing month-end closings and meticulous attention to details, especially in crafting accurate amortization and depreciation schedules, speaks volumes about his dedication to the profession.
Nick’s academic background is equally commendable. By majoring in both Finance and Economics at Sierra Nevada University, he didn’t just gain knowledge in the technicalities of finance but also acquired a broader understanding of economic theories and how they impact real-world financial scenarios. This dual-edge in his education gives him a unique vantage point to approach accounting challenges with a macro and micro perspective.
It’s this combination of academic grounding and hands-on experience that makes Nick an invaluable asset to our firm and our clients. As industries evolve and financial paradigms shift, professionals like Nick ensure that our accounting practices are not just accurate but also relevant and forward-thinking.
San Mateo Office
In the world of auditing and assurance, Elias stands tall with a career that spans over a quarter of a century. Since becoming a certified public accountant in 2002, he has carved a niche for himself with an unyielding commitment to excellence.
Elias’s extensive audit portfolio boasts a diverse range of clientele, from nonprofit organizations to the dynamic world of broker-dealers and public companies. This has enabled him to acquire a profound depth of understanding in auditing procedures and industry nuances. No financial sheet is too complex, no audit too intricate for Elias. With his proficiency in all the facets of accounting, auditing, and finance, he ensures thoroughness and compliance, every single time.
Elias’s allegiance with SD Mayer isn’t just professional; it’s foundational. Having been with the firm since its inception in 2012, he is more than just an employee – he’s a cornerstone. He has been instrumental in shaping the firm’s reputation, ensuring that the values of accuracy, transparency, and integrity echo through every audit undertaken.
His academic foundation, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Accounting & Finance from Cal State East Bay, further underscores his qualifications. But what truly sets Elias apart is his capacity to blend academic rigor with practical knowledge, making him an auditor par excellence.
As SD Mayer continues to evolve and thrive in an ever-changing financial landscape, Elias remains a testament to the firm’s commitment to excellence, reliability, and trustworthiness.
San Leandro Office
When Hien boarded the SD Mayer ship in early 2019, it was evident that he was bringing with him a unique blend of logic and precision to the Outsourced Accounting practice. Navigating the vast oceans of monthly bookkeeping, journal entries, bill payments, and reconciliations, Hien’s nearly half a decade’s experience in the accounting realm shines through in his meticulous work.
Yet, what sets Hien apart isn’t just his accounting prowess; it’s his academic foundation in Mathematics and Computer Science from San Jose State University. This fusion of disciplines gives Hien a computational edge, allowing him to see patterns, systems, and algorithms behind the numbers, rendering a holistic perspective to his accounting endeavors.
At the core, Mathematics is the language of the universe, articulating order and patterns, while Computer Science transposes these patterns into actionable solutions. Hien, with his dual background, harnesses the power of both, ensuring accuracy, efficiency, and innovative problem-solving for SD Mayer’s clientele.
In an era where finance and technology are increasingly intertwined, professionals like Hien stand at the confluence, bridging the gap and guiding organizations towards a seamless integration of numbers and digital solutions. With Hien in the mix, SD Mayer isn’t just getting an accountant; they’re getting a mathematician and a computer scientist, all rolled into one. And in this blend lies the future of modern accounting!
San Mateo Office
When Kara joined SD Mayer in 2023, it was clear that she wasn’t just another addition to the Outsourced Accounting practice. With a storied background in the manufacturing, construction, and property management sectors, Kara’s experience presents a diversified approach to the accounting landscape.
However, it’s her Bachelor in Arts from UC Santa Cruz, majoring in United States and African History, that gives her a truly unique edge. Drawing parallels between the timelines of civilizations and the chronological records of financial transactions might seem far-fetched to some, but Kara seamlessly integrates the two, rendering a broader perspective to accounting.
History, as they say, is about understanding patterns, tracking developments, and narrating tales of growth, decline, and resurgence. In many ways, accounting resonates with the same essence. Kara’s academic grounding in history has honed her skills in meticulous documentation, unbiased analysis, and comprehensive understanding, all critical attributes in the world of finance.
Kara’s ability to juxtapose her historical knowledge with the real-time financial scenarios she encounters brings a refreshing depth to her role. She doesn’t just see numbers; she sees stories, patterns, and implications. In a world of evolving business landscapes, Kara’s interpretative and analytical prowess aids in not just recounting financial events, but in contextualizing and understanding them.
At SD Mayer, Kara’s presence is a testament to the idea that diverse academic backgrounds can offer invaluable, unique insights even in seemingly unrelated fields. She’s a historian who chronicles the financial tales of today, proving that understanding our past can indeed shape our fiscal futures.
San Leandro Office
Navigating through the complex corridors of the accounting world, Michael brings an eclectic mix of experience and a profound depth of knowledge to the Outsourced Accounting practice at SD Mayer. As a consultant, he doesn’t merely assist clients with numbers; he brings to the table a strategic vision drawn from his illustrious past in the investment management industry.
Before gracing SD Mayer with his expertise, Michael’s tenure at respected firms like Bertram Capital and Polkinghorne & Sereno cemented his place as a seasoned professional. With such prestigious names under his belt, he’s not just familiar with financial data but also understands the intricate nuances of investment strategies, risk management, and wealth maximization.
Having joined SD Mayer in March 2020, Michael quickly became an invaluable asset. His practical experience, combined with his academic grounding from California State University – Stanislaus, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, provides him with both the theoretical foundation and the hands-on practicality essential in this field.
At SD Mayer, clients don’t just get an accountant in Michael; they get an advisor, a strategist, and a financial confidante. He interprets data not just through the lens of numbers but weaves it into a narrative that comprehensively encapsulates business growth, opportunities, and potential pitfalls.
Michael’s journey, from the strategic world of investment management to the detail-oriented realm of accounting, has rendered him a holistic professional. He is adept at not only crunching numbers but also at contextualizing them within the broader picture of business objectives and market dynamics.
In a world where numbers often become faceless statistics, Michael ensures they tell a story, provide insights, and pave the way for informed business decisions.
In the intricate world of taxation, precision, dedication, and a deep understanding of the continually evolving regulations are paramount. Ruiqi, with over a decade of professional experience, embodies these virtues, making her an indispensable asset to SD Mayer since 2019.
Based from her home office, Ruiqi’s versatility is evident. From S-corps and partnerships to individuals, non-profits, and trusts, her comprehensive experience ensures that every tax return she touches becomes a masterclass in detail, precision, and adherence to the highest professional standards.
Before her stellar association with SD Mayer, Ruiqi’s expertise was honed at notable accounting firms like Squar Milner and Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co LLP. The depth and breadth of experience she garnered from these roles have equipped her with insights into diverse industries, clientele, and the ever-evolving challenges of the tax world.
What sets Ruiqi apart is not just her vast practical experience but also her strong academic background. She pursued both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the revered Brigham Young University, a testament to her dedication and passion for the field.
At SD Mayer, Ruiqi isn’t just an expert crunching numbers; she is a tax strategist who goes beyond the obvious. For her clients, this means not only impeccable tax returns but also insights, advice, and forward-looking strategies that cater to both immediate requirements and long-term financial health.
Ruiqi’s journey, marked by illustrious firms and a dedication to continuous learning, ensures that every client engagement is not just a transaction but a relationship built on trust, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.
Candice is a testament to how talent can flourish regardless of geography. Joining the firm in 2014, her expertise lies in managing the intricate details of accounts payable and receivable, as well as in handling meticulous reconciliations. Her experience and dedication have made her an integral part of the team for years.
Her relationship with the firm has evolved, and though she now works remotely as a consultant, her impact is as profound as ever. Thanks to modern technology, Candice continues to seamlessly deliver results from her home office in Las Vegas, proving that physical location doesn’t limit efficiency or dedication.
Prior to her current role, Candice and Steve shared a professional journey at BPM, where they collaborated for nearly half a decade. This foundation has undoubtedly played a part in the seamless way she integrates with the current firm’s operations, even from a distance.
Candice exemplifies adaptability in the ever-evolving world of accounting. She’s a reminder that with the right tools, dedication, and expertise, one can contribute meaningfully from anywhere in the world.
Professional Support Specialist
San Francisco Office
Bhonie’s journey with the firm, beginning in 2015, is a testament to his adaptability and wide-ranging skill set. Serving in dual roles, he seamlessly navigates the nuanced worlds of both the tax and audit departments. Bhonie’s versatility isn’t just confined to his understanding of the different departments, but is reflected in the myriad of tasks he undertakes.
From drafting engagement letters that set the tone and expectations for the firm’s services, to the critical task of mailing tax planners which help clients anticipate their tax obligations, Bhonie’s role is pivotal. His meticulous approach ensures tax returns are pre-populated efficiently, streamlining the process for both the firm and its clients.
But beyond these tasks, Bhonie is the go-to for a myriad of administrative responsibilities that keep the operations running smoothly. Whether it’s organizing files, managing communications, or supporting team members with vital information, his contribution ensures the firm’s processes are efficient and effective.
In a world where specialization is often emphasized, Bhonie showcases the immense value of a multifaceted professional who can wear multiple hats with ease and proficiency. His dedication and commitment over the years have made him an indispensable member of the team.
San Mateo Office
Joining the firm in 2023, Albert brought with him the fresh perspectives and techniques honed during his tenure at G.W. Williams Co. Operating in the Outsourced Accounting practice, Albert’s expertise isn’t confined to just one aspect of accounting. His proficiency ranges from the intricacies of accounts payable and receivable (AP/AR) to the broader strokes of general ledger management and the meticulous task of month-end reconciliation.
Albert’s journey in the accounting industry began in 2019, and in the short span since, he’s managed to make a noticeable mark. This accelerated growth can be attributed not just to his natural aptitude for numbers, but also to the solid educational foundation he received. Hailing from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Albert graduated with a degree in Business Management Economics. His emphasis in Accounting during his academic years further sharpened his skills, providing him both the theoretical knowledge and the practical insights that he seamlessly integrates into his work.
It’s evident that Albert is not just another accountant; he embodies the blend of education, experience, and enthusiasm that firms seek. As he continues to grow within the firm, one can anticipate a trajectory of consistent value addition and innovation from this UC Santa Cruz graduate.
San Francisco Office
Stepping into the firm in 2021, Tina isn’t just another addition to the team; she represents a blend of diverse experiences and a depth of understanding in the accounting realm. Her journey started as a bookkeeper with a San Francisco-based company, where for three years she did more than just balance books. Tina was instrumental in compiling analytical reports that would have impacted financial decisions, and she showcased her precision and commitment by assisting the controller with monthly closes. Furthermore, the reconciliation and entry of daily/weekly sales under her watch meant that the company had reliable data to work with, thanks to her.
Shifting to the audit and assurance department at SD Mayer is a testament to Tina’s versatility and adaptability. But to understand her prowess, one needs to look at her academic journey. Tina boasts a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from UC Santa Barbara, a revered institution known for its rigorous academic programs. She further fortified her academic credentials by participating in the Professional Preparation Program for Accounting at UCSB Extension, ensuring she was well-prepared for the challenges of the professional world.
However, what sets Tina apart is her international exposure. Her tenure at The London School of Economics and Political Science showcases her global perspective and desire to grasp the nuances of the economic world on a broader scale. This international stint, combined with her continued education at the City College of San Francisco, makes Tina a multifaceted professional, equipped to provide insights with both a local and global perspective.
In essence, Tina’s journey, from San Francisco to London and back, and her transition from bookkeeping to auditing, makes her an invaluable asset to the firm and its clients.