Mark Elsberg, CPA is
respected for his expert knowledge, but that's not the only reason his
clients refer their friends, family and business associates to him. They
also trust that Mark will look after their interests with the same care
and diligence as he does his own.
With more than 30 years of
experience as a practicing CPA, Mark has in-depth experience across a
full spectrum of individual and business accounting and financial
advisory services. By providing knowledge, guidance and a common sense
perspective, Mark helps clients make difficult decisions and implement
innovative solutions on both personal and management levels. He enjoys
counseling individuals who have a broad range of financial needs, as
well as business clients from diverse industries in all stages of the
Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in
accounting from Cal State Northridge. He immediately joined a national
CPA firm, where he gained large company experience. Within four years,
Mark realized that he wanted a more hands-on approach, and he pursued
the kind of close client interaction that only a small firm could offer.
In 1991 he merged with an acquired firm that would become Elsberg &
Mark is also well-regarded in his community.
Civic-minded, he has been involved with a variety of local non-profit
organizations. When he is not sitting behind a desk, Mark enjoys the
Bob Garrett, CPA
is focused on establishing close working relationships with clients to
help them maximize their financial and tax positions, grow their
businesses and prosper.
He values the wealth of knowledge he
acquires from the experiences and perspectives of his clients: diverse
individuals and businesses ranging from legal and medical practices to
construction and environmental firms to cutting edge R&D and
high-tech organizations. Bob appreciates not only the opportunity to
learn from and collaborate with successful business people, but also the
forum to transfer his learnings to other clients.
more than 22 years of experience in accounting and financial advisory
services for individuals and businesses. 1991 marked the beginning of
his professional association with Mark Elsberg. As a partner in Elsberg
& Garrett, LLP, Bob has taken great pride in seeing the firm grow
and adapt to the ever-changing needs of its clients. He earned his
Bachelor of Science degree in business/accounting from the University of
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bob has always
supported the community through involvement in local non-profits and
his children's schools and sports programs.
Stacey Brownell, CPA
joined Elsberg & Garrett, LLP more than 10 years ago. She
specializes in individual and business entity tax preparation and
financial statements, but Stacey is much more than a number cruncher.
Customer service is important to her, and she enjoys working alongside a
variety of clients, establishing new relationships and cultivating
existing ones, year after year.
Although Stacey's technical
expertise and background are often called into action, she is also
valued for her dedication to finding new ways to provide the best
possible client solutions. Stacey earned a bachelor's degree (cum laude)
in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.
In 2005 James Chang
joined Elsberg & Garrett, LLP after graduating with a degree in
accounting from San Jose State University. An expert on the technical
side of the business, James helps clients fully implement and best
utilize accounting and financial software (QuickBooks and Peachtree). He
is also skilled at integrating client software data for tax
preparation, and he is knowledgeable in sales and payroll tax.
financial situations change from one tax year to the next, James
appreciates the opportunity to support and guide individual and
business clients through those changes. He also enjoys collaborating
with team members, bringing his own diverse perspective to the table to
provide optimal solutions for clients.
The newest member of the team, Sara DeBord
joined Elsberg & Garrett, LLP in 2010 with 11 years of
administrative experience. As the firm's office manager, Sara is the
first response to client inquiries and requests, and she oversees all
back office systems. Sara quickly learned why the firm's clients loyally
return, year after year, and she has become an integral part of the
team's supportive, open and communicative environment.
enjoys helping others, by interacting with the firm's clients and by
volunteering personal time in her community. She graduated from UC Santa
Barbara in 1996 with a degree in sociology.