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Our collective experience within and outside of international firms has convinced us and our clients that we consistently produce a high quality level of service.
I’ve met them down in the Cost and Accounting Department, clean-shaven and in white collars. They can’t see a damn thing ridiculous about themselves... only about you.
—Jean Shepherd
At Comyns, Smith, McCleary & Deaver, LLP we believe that strong personal relationships are at the heart of great service. We strive to build long-term, trusting relationships with the owners and management of the clients we serve. Although our client relationships are often centered on the personal relationship with the client service partner, all of our professionals work as a team to provide the best possible service and to develop the kinds of client relationships that we seek. As needed, each partner brings to bear his own special expertise on client issues, so when you hire one of us, you hire all of us.
Our service philosophy places our partners foremost in the client relationship and in the delivery of services. We each remain deeply involved in the day-to-day work we do for our clients. Our high level of partner involvement, coupled with our decades-long experience in public accounting, enables us to deliver our services efficiently, identify tax saving opportunities, and make valuable business-related observations to help guide your financial decisions.
We are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and are licensed by the California State Board of Accountancy and we participate in an ongoing peer review process as part of our commitment to quality services. In addition, we are members of the AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) and Employee Benefit Plans Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC). Membership in each of these organizations requires us to meet additional continuing education and other requirements in order to maintain our membership in good standing.
John R. Comyns, PARTNER
John started his career with Touche Ross and Company in 1976. In 1992, he left Deloitte & Touche as a tax partner to start a new firm with Steve Smith. Together they focused the new business on tax services, later adding new partners and staff to expand the tax practice and to establish an audit practice.
Steven P. Smith, PARTNER
Steve has over 33 years of tax experience, involving a wide range of planning and compliance for federal, state and local property and tax filings on behalf of corporations, partnerships/LLCs, individuals, fiduciaries, franchises, and estates. He also has international income tax experience, both inbound and outbound. Steve’s corporate experience includes consolidated returns, combined reports...
Dan K. Deaver, PARTNER
Dan has over 27 years of experience providing accounting and tax services to a variety of industries. His experience includes assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions, tax due diligence, tax planning and structuring and representation before federal and state taxing authorities.
Mark E. Eitelgeorge, PARTNER
Mark leads the firm’s audit practice and has worked in public accounting since 1984. He has significant professional experience servicing a variety of closely-held clients, taught national accounting courses related to a variety of subjects, represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor, and served as...
James B. Wolf, PARTNER
Jim has over 28 years of professional tax and accounting experience, including the private practice of law. His experience includes representing clients before taxing authorities, multi-state tax compliance, structuring business formations, acquisitions and dispositions.
Brent Baxter, PARTNER
Brent has over 18 years of tax accounting experience in public accounting firms. His experience includes multi-state tax compliance for businesses and individuals, representing clients before taxing authorities and tax planning for high net worth individuals and their families.
Andrew M. Porter, PARTNER
Drew has over 20 years of experience in tax accounting. Prior to joining CSMD in 2005, Andrew was a senior tax manager with Deloitte & Touche, where he served a wide variety of corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 companies.
David Christy, PARTNER
David has over 13 years of public accounting experience, serving both publicly-traded companies and private closely-held clients. He has extensive experience in managing both large and small projects, and has served clients that range from development stage enterprises to multinational corporations. He has significant experience in all aspects of financial reporting and internal control attestation reporting.
Mark Trammell, PARTNER
Mark has over 10 years of tax accounting experience in public accounting firms. His experience includes multi-state tax compliance, representing clients before federal and state taxing authorities, and tax planning for high net worth individuals and their families.
Erin Howard, SENIOR MANAGER
Erin has over 14 years of professional experience serving a variety of closely-held and publicly-traded clients. She has experience in managing both large and small projects, and has served clients that range from development stage enterprises to multinational corporations. Erin knows the ins and outs of financial reporting, including internal control attestation reporting, and a thorough understanding of GAAP.
Debbie Macari, SENIOR TAX MANAGER
Debbie has over 17 years of professional tax and accounting experience in public accounting as well as working for two Bay Area Fortune 500 companies. Her corporate experience includes sales/use tax audit defense, unclaimed property compliance and income tax compliance.
Lauren Davis, AUDIT MANAGER
Lauren has over 9 years of professional experience in public accounting servicing a variety of closely-held clients. Her experience includes all aspects of financial reporting for various assurance services, most notably for the construction and winery industries. Her specialties include training construction industry clients in job-cost accounting. She also is active with on-campus recruiting for the firm.
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