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Gary Garbowitz, CPA

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Meet Gary

Gary Garbowitz has more than 30 years of public accounting experience providing strategic planning for businesses and families. He provides accounting and tax expertise as well as business consulting services, which include financial risk analysis, budgeting, merger and acquisition due diligence, and exit strategies. He works closely with business owners and their families, providing tax-consulting services such as retirement planning, trusts and estates strategy, and multi-generation planning. He is proactive in providing quality solutions, and his unique blend of skills reflects the entrepreneurial market he serves. He has particular industry expertise in manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, and cannabis, and is a leader of the firm’s Cannabis practice.

He is also active in the community and has served on the boards of the California Jazz Foundation, the Center for Health Care Rights, the Los Angeles Free Clinic, the Mid Valley Jeopardy Foundation and the Tourette Syndrome Association.

Gary is a member of Vistage, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA). He graduated with a B.S. in accounting from California State University, Northridge.

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Experience

Professional History

Experience

  • RBZ LLP
  • Brooks, Norton & Garbowitz

Associations

  • Vistage
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants

Education

  •  California State University, Northridge

Q&A
Q. What is it about accounting and consulting that first drew your interest?
I’ve always been interested in the whole picture—my clients’ business and personal goals. Will they sell their business, for example, or what do they want their legacy to be? In consulting, you have to look ahead, and I enjoy looking at all the components of their lives to develop a long-term strategy. My work starts where the compliance ends.
Q. What law or regulation in the accounting industry would you like to see changed?
GAAP financials for smaller companies are too complex and need to be simplified. I’m also in favor of a flat or consumption tax.
Q. Without naming names, tell us about your favorite client and why you enjoyed working with them.
One of my favorites is a manufacturer that I’ve worked with for 30 years and have helped grow from under $15 million to over $80 million. They see me as a partner in the relationship, and I’m part of their decision-making process.
Q. Describe your work style.
I’m proactive, creative, caring and a strong communicator, with a sense of humor.
Q. What’s your proudest moment?
The birth of my daughter.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Be authentic, follow your own path and be who you are, and you’ll do well. You have to do what you feel is right.
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