wfy new hire

Seven New Hires Join WFY Team

Wright Ford Young & Co. is proud to announce we are adding seven new hires to our team. We have Gina Kotzbach and Cheryl Shelton joining our estates & trusts department, and Brody Alcanter, Marzeh Khanjari, Rajbir Singh, Linh Trinh and Diane Waxler-Milne joining our tax department. WFY is pleased to welcome these new hires to our team.

Gina Kotzbach

Gina Kotzbach joined WFY in January as an Estates & Trusts Director in our estates & trusts department. She went to Chapman University School of Law and graduated cum laude with her J.D. with a Tax Law/Estate Planning emphasis. Over 12 years, Gina has worked in all areas of estates and trusts including estate planning, trust administration, estate settlement, and tax return preparation. When Gina is out of the office, she enjoys jogging and hiking.

Cheryl Shelton

In January, Cheryl Shelton started with WFY as an Estates & Trusts Supervisor in our estates & trusts department. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton and continued her education at Western State Law School. Cheryl has worked in accounting for over 15 years. In her spare time, she volunteers with a local dog resue doing adoption events and fostering dogs.

Brody Alcanter

Brody Alcanter joined WFY in January as a Tax Senior. He graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor’s degree for Business Administration, Accounting, and moved to Orange County shortly after graduating. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf.

Marzeh Khanjari

In January, Marzeh Khanjari started with WFY as a Tax Senior.  She received her degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting, and has been working as a tax professional for almost 15 years. While she’s away from the office, she likes to travel, watch movies, and play ping pong.

Rajbir Singh

Rajbir Singh joined WFY as a Tax Staff in January.  He graduated from University of California, Riverside, with a degree in Business Administration and Psychology. Rajbir’s hobbies are working out and traveling with his family.

Linh Trinh

Joining us again at WFY as a tax intern is Linh Trin.  She is graduating from Cal State Fullerton this Spring and will become a full-time Tax Staff at WFY after she graduates.  During her free time, she likes to play the piano.

Diane Waxler-Milne

Diane Waxler-Milne joins WFY for this upcoming tax season as a tax intern.  She is currently attending Cal State Fullerton as a senior and will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. When she’s out of the office and away from school, Diane enjoys time with her husband and three daughters.

 

Interested in joining WFY in one of our departments? f you are interested and qualified for the position above, please email your resumes careers@cpa-wfy.com or go to our Careers page.

 

charitable contributions

WFY’s 2019 Charitable Contributions

For over 12 years, Wright Ford Young & Co. has made it a priority to contribute to many non-profits locally and nationally.

Since 2007, WFY has been helping to give back by donating 1% of our gross revenues each year to charities as a way to help improve the lives of those around us and those less fortunate. We have donated over $1,253,000 since the program’s formation.  In 2019, WFY made donations to over 20 non-profit organizations – our biggest number of charities to date.

We would like to thank all the organizations for everything they do and how much they give to those in need.

Here is the list of organizations WFY contributed to in 2019:

IN STEPPS Academy

Women Helping Women

Big Brothers Big Sisters of OC

Blind Children’s Learning Center

Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center

Veterans Legal Institute

44 Women for Orangewood

The Autism Community in Action

Unplugged Camp

ProSearch – Under the Big Top

Marconi Foundation for Children

OC Community Foundation

Maxloveproject.org

Free Wheel Chair Mission

Stand Up for Kids

Project ALS

Thomas House

Open Medicine Foundation

Olive Crest

Samaritan’s Purse

Family Promises of OC

 

To learn more about our charitable contributions, click here.

orangewood

WFY Donates Items to Orangewood Foundation’s Holiday Gift Drive

It’s a time for giving and WFY has done just that. This holiday season, WFY collected dozens of gifts to be donated to Orangewood Foundation’s annual Holiday Gift Drive.

For every holiday season, the Orangewood Foundation collects items off a wish list they curated to help young adults transition from the foster system into independent adulthood.  Items such as pillows, cooking utensils, portable chargers, etc. are gathered by dozens of people each year.  This gift drive helps prevent the ongoing cycle of homelessness with young adults in the Orange County area which many experience in their lifetime.

WFY makes an effort each year to collect items off the wish list to contribute to Orangewood Foundation’s holiday gift drive. We’ve donated many of these items as well as hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards to help their cause.

If you’d like to contribute or learn more, go to Orangewood Foundation’s website here.

 

bruin professionals

Tax Director Melodie Reguero on Tax Planning at Bruin Professionals

On Wednesday, November 20th, our WFY Tax Director Melodie Reguero presented at the Orange County Bruin Professionals meeting.

Ms. Melodie Reguero spoke on tips about year-end tax planning along with Cheryl Gee from UBS. Year-end tax planning is especially critical this time of year to proactively reduce a taxpayer’s risk exposure and tax liability before the new year. If you are interested in tips about year-end tax planning, read our article on Year-End Tax Saving Moves for Individuals.

Reguero regularly attends Bruin Professionals meetings, which is diverse group of UCLA alumni who are established in business. The group focuses on commerce, camaraderie, and community. They have several chapters spread all over California. If you are interested in learning more about Bruin Professionals, click here.

 

occf

Proud Sponsor of the OCCF’s 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting

Wright Ford Young & Co. was proud to be a Gold Partner sponsor of the Orange County Community Foundation’s 30th Annual Meeting at the Hotel Irvine on November 20th.

Over 730 attendees shared in the inspirational tributes and recognized success of the OCCF’s philanthropic impact on Orange County individuals, families, and businesses over the last three decades.  The Wright Ford Young & Co. colleagues and guests who joined the celebration were Bob Wright, Dean Smith, Andy Bautista, Richard Huffman, Scott Robinson, Janet Kim, Albert Yang, Darin Schott, Carissa DeLuca and Brad Weber.

To find out more about OCCF, click here.

ante up for autism

WFY Sponsors TACA’s 13th Annual Ante Up for Autism Benefit Gala

WFY was proud to be a Full House Sponsor of TACA’s 13th Annual “Ante Up for Autism” benefit gala.

The Autism Community in Action’s (TACA) Orange County chapter held its 13th annual “Ante Up for Autism” fundraising gala on Saturday October 26, 2019 at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Wright Ford Young & Co. was proud to continue its long standing support of TACA through a program sponsorship of the very successful event. TACA is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2000 by Glen and Lisa Ackerman with the mission to provide education, support and hope to families living with autism. TACA is headquartered in Irvine, CA with staff and volunteers working across the country.

To learn more about TACA, visit www.tacanow.org

business owner summit

WFY Partner Kahni Bizub as Panelist at 2019 Business Owner Summit

On November 8th, WFY Senior Tax Partner, Kahni Bizub, will be one of the panelists for WealthWise Financial Services’s 2019 Business Owner Summit.

The 2019 Business Owner Summit is a day-long event which includes discussing topics such as scaling your business, income tax strategies, retirement plans strategies, and more. The keynote speakers are Jacob M. Gerber, an equity & multi-asset investment director, and E. Luke Farrell, a fixed income investment director.

Kahni Bizub’s specialty is tax planning and compliance services for closely-held and family-owned businesses and their key executives in the service, manufacturing, and distribution industries. She has served some of the same clients for her entire career and believes in building strong CPA-client relationships. Such a rapport allows her to best understand her clients’ needs and tailor services specific to each client. Kahni is also involved in multiple business organizations including Vistage, AICPA, and CalCPA.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2019 Business Owner Summit, click here.

lawyers for warriors

WFY Title Sponsors Veterans Legal Institute’s Lawyers for Warriors Event

Wright Ford Young & Co. had the privilege of serving as the title sponsor to the Veterans Legal Institute’s annual Lawyers for Warriors event on Monday, September 23rd.  Senior audit partner Jeff Myers spoke on Wright Ford Young’s behalf to honor our ongoing partnership with the Veterans Legal Institute.

Lawyers for Warriors is an event that started four years ago where over 250 business leaders who represent legal, medical, financial, military, and other professional industries can network, enjoy wine and appetizers, and recognize those legal community leaders who have graciously offered their services to our veteran heroes.  All the proceeds of this event go to Veterans Legal Institute to continue their mission to ensure veterans can receive free legal services.

We want to congratulate the following people for their awards at this event: Stephens Friedland, LLP for Law Firm of the Year, Volunteers of America Los Angeles for Community Partner of the Year, Judge Lon F. Hurwitz for Veteran Advocate of the Year, and David Price, Esq. for Attorney of the Year.

If you’d like to learn more about Veterans Legal Institute or the Lawyers for Warriors event, please go to https://www.vetslegal.com/

 

meet the firms

WFY Attends Meet the Firms at CSUF and NAU

On Thursday, September 26th, a group of our Wright Ford Young & Co. employees attended California State University, Fullerton’s Meet the Firms event as well as Northern Arizona University’s Career & Graduate School Expo.

These type of meet and greet events are a way for students and professionals in the accounting community to network with a wide range of firms from boutique to the Big Four.  We attend these events to educate students about WFY and what we do, and encourage them to get a hands-on learning experience with our firm.

Wright Ford Young & Co. thanks California State University, Fullerton and Northern Arizona University for another great Meet the Firms recruiting event on Thursday, September 26th.  We are very fortunate to have a long standing relationship with the accounting schools and hardworking students in which many of our employees are alumni.