Armanino Press Release
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Armanino Welcomes Nine Partners Amid Merger

Former Berger Lewis Partners Join Armanino

SAN RAMON, Calif., (January 27, 2015) – Armanino LLP, the largest independent accounting and business consulting firm based in California, announced today it has welcomed Tom Bondi, Larry Kuechler, Roberto Maragoni, Frank Minuti, Dan Moors, Randy Peterson, Todd Robinson, Robert Smiley and David Sheets as firm partners.  These talented individuals have now officially joined the Armanino leadership team from Berger Lewis Accountancy Corporation.

“We are fortunate to have such a talented group of leaders in Tom, Larry, Roberto, Frank, Dan, Randy, Todd, Robert and David join us as our newest partners,” said Andy Armanino, managing partner of Armanino.  “Their experience and abilities will help our clients become more successful and as we continue grow throughout Silicon Valley in the nonprofit and middle market tax practices. I look forward to their leadership and continued commitment to providing the excellence that Armanino is know for.”

Bondi works with early stage technology companies from seed funding through merger and acquisition and provides full service consulting and advisory services.  Beyond his experience in public accounting, he has spent time in product management at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor manufacturer and successfully co-founded a software development company.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs.

Kuechler advises companies and individuals in the area of business, tax and estate planning.  His clients include for-profit developers, tax credit partnerships, and apartment and commercial property owners.  He also works with a variety of nonprofit organizations in both audit and tax matters.  Kuechler is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPAs, the Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.  He also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Rotary Club of San Jose and as a board member of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Maragoni has spent his entire career in public accounting. He primarily works with closely held and family-owned businesses in the areas of real estate development and management, distribution, manufacturing, professional services and employee benefit plans.  He is a member of the California Society of CPAs and was a guest lecturer for the Masters of Taxation program at San Jose State University.

Minuti has over 30 years of experience in public accounting and specializes in tax services and valuation. His areas of expertise include capital income tax, estate tax preparations, business succession planning, accounting and financial statements, business valuations and forensic accounting.  Minuti was the 2013/2014 president of the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz. He is a past director for the Cabrillo College Foundation and past president of the Dignity Hospital Foundation of Santa Cruz.

Moors specializes in accounting and auditing services for nonprofit organizations, high tech and professional service companies, as well as early-stage startups.  He uses his vast experience and understanding of best practices to help clients strengthen their internal controls and streamline their accounting systems, and delivers clear and understandable financial statement audit presentations to audit committees, finance committees and boards of directors.

Peterson is a valuation analyst certified in financial forensics with extensive practical experience in addressing the needs and concerns of a wide variety of clients.  Before joining Armanino, he served as a managing partner at a regional accountancy firm after establishing his own firm.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPAs and the Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council.

Robinson has broad-based experience working in a variety of industries, providing multi-faceted solutions to tax issues.  He has expertise in corporate taxation, partnership taxation and individual taxation.  His clients range from individuals to middle market and publicly traded entities.  He is an adjunct professor at San Jose State University where he coaches the university’s powerlifting and Olympic lifting teams.

Smiley has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting and provides general accounting and tax preparation services.  His audit practice focuses on governmental special districts, low-income housing and nonprofit organizations.  His past work experience includes employment as an Internal Revenue Service agent.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of CPAs.

Sheets focuses on international tax services and serves closely held multinational businesses, start-ups and early stage technology companies.  Before joining Armanino, he served as the worldwide controller at an early stage company that received over $20 million through three rounds of funding and established subsidiaries in Germany and Japan.  He is a frequent speaker at Silicon Valley international technology start-up workshops including Plug and Play Technology Center, NestGSV and TechBa.

January 27, 2015



About ArmaninoLLP

Armanino LLP (www.armaninollp.com) is one of the 25 largest independent accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. Armanino provides an integrated set of audit, tax, business management, consulting and technology solutions to companies in the U.S. and globally. The firm helps clients adapt and change in every stage of business, from startup through rapid growth to the sale of a company. Armanino emphasizes smart technology, leading a cloud revolution of financial, operational, sales and compliance tools that are transforming the way companies do business. The firm extends its global services to more than 100 countries through its membership in Moore Global, one of the world's major accounting and consulting membership organizations. In addition to its core consulting and accounting practices, Armanino operates its division, AMF Media Group (www.amfmediagroup.com), a media and communications services agency. Its affiliate, Intersect Capital (www.intersectcapitalllc.com) is an independent financial planning, wealth and lifestyle management firm.

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