Partner, Tax and Assurance Services
Sophia is a partner with over 25 years experience providing tax and assurance services, helping small business owners minimize their taxes and achieve their financial goals. Sophia’s broad background as a CPA gives her the distinctive ability to understand how tax and financial accounting issues affect one another. This advanced knowledge sets her apart from other CPA’s and allows her to serve clients’ tax and financial accounting needs efficiently and effectively with a streamlined approach. She joined the firm ten years ago, following a broad spectrum of experience: three years with Price Waterhouse in Washington, D.C. and Greenville, S.C, auditing small and medium-sized companies; several years as an accountant for an Akron funeral home, overseeing accounting, payroll and tax functions; and ten years as accounting services staff and manager for another Akron accounting firm.
Sophia is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters of Taxation from the University of Akron, a Masters of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Most notably, Sophia leads the firm’s assurance services. With over 20 years experience in providing these services at the national and local firm level, Sophia brings integrity, attention to detail, and a focus on customer service to each client’s uniquely complex and sophisticated needs. She has extensive knowledge in helping clients in a wide range of industries, both for-profit and not-for-profit, by performing audits, reviews and compilations of their financial statements, helping them arrange financing, recommending improvements in their internal control procedures, recommending tax savings strategies, helping them be tax compliant, recommending workers' compensation cost savings measures, and helping them implement and operate computer based accounting systems. Our clients appreciate her down-to-earth solutions and ability to listen and often request her strong tax planning skills. Under Sophia’s direction, the firm has achieved and maintains peer review acceptance.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND LEADERSHIP
She is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Sophia uses her skills and passion as a CPA to give back to the community, volunteering as treasurer and league leader for the Ohio Ladies Golf Association, treasurer of the Akron Zoo’s Board of Trustees, treasurer of the Akron Zoo Foundation, past president of the Richfield Chamber of Commerce, and member of Business Network International’s Brecksville chapter.
She has previously volunteered for the Hoban High Schools Booster Club and Christ Child Society of Akron and various organizations at St. Sebastian Church and School.
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
Sophia resides in Akron with her husband, Bob, and two sons. They attend St. Sebastian Church. She grew up in Maryland. She roots for Hoban High School, University of Akron, Ohio State University, and Cleveland professional sports teams. She spends her free time skiing and golfing with family and friends.