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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. It was our core principle when we established the company in 1992. It remains our core principle today.
Although our client relationships are often centered on the personal relationship with the client service partner, all 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. 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), 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). To maintain these memberships in good standing, we engage in continuing education & training every year.
In November 2017, we celebrated 25 years in business. Please visit our News page to see how we celebrated!
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 worked in accounting since 1977, 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 provided tax related services for over 34 years, including 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 and attest 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 began working in professional tax and accounting in 1983. His experience includes representing clients before taxing authorities, multi-state tax compliance, structuring business formations, acquisitions and dispositions.
Brent Baxter, PARTNER
Brent began his tax accounting experience in public accounting firms in 1993. He has significant experience servicing the tax needs of a variety of closely-held clients. 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 started his career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche in 1991. Prior to joining CSMD in 2005, Drew was a senior tax manager there where he served a wide variety of corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 companies.
David Christy, PARTNER
David began in public accounting in 1998, 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 started working in public accounting in 2006. 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 began working in accounting in 1997 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 started her professional career in 1995. Debbie has tax and accounting experience in both public and private accounting. Her private accounting experience includes sales/use tax audit defense, unclaimed property compliance and income tax compliance.
Angela Dunn Parker, SENIOR TAX MANAGER
Angela started her career with KPMG in 1993. She has spent her career in tax and accounting. Her experience includes complex tax planning and compliance, representing clients before taxing authorities and providing ongoing outside support for closely held companies. In addition, she spent part of her career on the East Coast working with business and individual clients in a multi-state tax compliance environment.
Miriam J. Chiappetta, TAX MANAGER
Prior to joining CSMD in 2015, Miriam was a business and advisory services (audit) manager at Deloitte. In addition to her primary role as an audit manager, she also spent time working with Deloitte Tax. She has a breadth of experience serving both closely-held and large public companies in various tax, accounting and consulting roles. Her experience includes domestic and international tax compliance services for business and individuals...
Lauren Younger, AUDIT MANAGER
Lauren began working in public accounting in 2004 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 and employee benefit plan auditing. She also is active with on-campus recruiting for the firm.
Stefan Foushee, MANAGER
Stefan has provided assurance services since 2007 to closely held clients in a variety of industries. He has experience in managing both large and small projects, and has served clients that range from development stage entities to multinational corporations. Stefan is well versed in financial reporting and internal control attestation.
Mahasti Minoui, CPA
Mahasti has been in public accounting since 1993. She started her career working for Arthur Anderson in Detroit, Michigan. She moved to California in 1995 working for Ernst & Young and other local CPA firms. Her experience includes corporate and multi states tax compliance for businesses and individuals.
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