Elsberg & Garrett, LLP

Certified Public Accountants

Team Profiles

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 business cycle.

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 & Garrett, LLP.

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 outdoors.

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.

Bob offers 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 Phoenix.

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.

As 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.

Sara 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.