THE TEAM


Jeff Richardson


Jeff started his tax career in 1988 at a large national public accounting firm with the intention of getting his CPA license and then moving on. Instead, he found a mentor that changed everything. Jeff ended up making partner and staying with the firm for over 17 years. He later founded RKE in 2006 to create a different type of accounting firm.

As a tax specialist, Jeff concentrates primarily on proactive business and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners. Jeff’s main emphasis is on developing creative ideas to reduce the overall tax burden at federal and state levels. This includes strategies for regular operations as well as entity formation and liquidation, owner succession services for business owners, mergers and acquisitions, accounting method changes and transactional analysis. He also regularly represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as numerous state taxing authorities.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from California State University, Long Beach in 1988. He later received his master’s in business taxation from Golden Gate University in 1995.

Jeff Richardson


Jeff started his tax career in 1988 at a large national public accounting firm with the intention of getting his CPA license and then moving on. Instead, he found a mentor that changed everything. Jeff ended up making partner and staying with the firm for over 17 years. He later founded RKE in 2006 to create a different type of accounting firm.

As a tax specialist, Jeff concentrates primarily on proactive business and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners. Jeff’s main emphasis is on developing creative ideas to reduce the overall tax burden at federal and state levels. This includes strategies for regular operations as well as entity formation and liquidation, owner succession services for business owners, mergers and acquisitions, accounting method changes and transactional analysis. He also regularly represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as numerous state taxing authorities.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from California State University, Long Beach in 1988. He later received his master’s in business taxation from Golden Gate University in 1995.

George Kontogouris

George manages RKE’s consulting services department and is recognized for his ability to identify areas that can help clients enhance or improve their operations. He works directly with the owners and officers of the companies he serves.

Prior to forming RKE in 2006, George worked as a chief financial officer and chief operating officer for various sized manufacturing and distribution companies located throughout Southern California. George was the first accounting employee for a start-up company that quickly grew to over $50 million within 3 years and ultimately sold to a strategic buyer. George also represented the creditors’ committee in the bankruptcy of a large manufacturing company where he later became the chief financial officer. In his capacity as CFO he led the workout team and ultimate turnaround of the company.

After George received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1988 he spent the next 6 years in the audit department at Moss Adams LLP. George is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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George Kontogouris

George manages RKE’s consulting services department and is recognized for his ability to identify areas that can help clients enhance or improve their operations. He works directly with the owners and officers of the companies he serves.

Prior to forming RKE in 2006, George worked as a chief financial officer and chief operating officer for various sized manufacturing and distribution companies located throughout Southern California. George was the first accounting employee for a start-up company that quickly grew to over $50 million within 3 years and ultimately sold to a strategic buyer. George also represented the creditors’ committee in the bankruptcy of a large manufacturing company where he later became the chief financial officer. In his capacity as CFO he led the workout team and ultimate turnaround of the company.

After George received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1988 he spent the next 6 years in the audit department at Moss Adams LLP. George is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Maria Frausto

Maria graduated in 2004 from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She began her public accounting career at a large regional accounting firm and later began her senior experience at a Big Four firm.

She joined RKE in September 2006. She provides federal and multi-state tax compliance services, strategic tax planning opportunities and various other consulting services to closely held businesses and their owners in various industries.

Maria’s experience also includes representing clients in IRS and state tax audits. She is a Certified Public Accountant in California and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Maria Frausto

Maria graduated in 2004 from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She began her public accounting career at a large regional accounting firm and later began her senior experience at a Big Four firm.

She joined RKE in September 2006. She provides federal and multi-state tax compliance services, strategic tax planning opportunities and various other consulting services to closely held businesses and their owners in various industries.

Maria’s experience also includes representing clients in IRS and state tax audits. She is a Certified Public Accountant in California and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Christian Emerson

Christian has practiced public accounting for more than 20 years. His responsibilities at RKE include technical leadership and oversight of the firm’s accounting and auditing services. He provides an array of accounting and auditing services to his clients, including audits, reviews, internal control assessments, due diligence and consulting services. Christian has serviced companies from a wide range of disciplines from service providers and retailers to manufacturers and distributors. He works with companies throughout their lifecycles, from startup concerns to mergers and acquisitions.

Christian was formerly an accounting instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and previously served as president of the Professionals Club, a nonprofit organization that brings together Southern California’s top industry professionals.

Christian received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California, a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Christian received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California, a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Christian Emerson

Christian has practiced public accounting for more than 20 years. His responsibilities at RKE include technical leadership and oversight of the firm’s accounting and auditing services. He provides an array of accounting and auditing services to his clients, including audits, reviews, internal control assessments, due diligence and consulting services. Christian has serviced companies from a wide range of disciplines from service providers and retailers to manufacturers and distributors. He works with companies throughout their lifecycles, from startup concerns to mergers and acquisitions.

Christian was formerly an accounting instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and previously served as president of the Professionals Club, a nonprofit organization that brings together Southern California’s top industry professionals.

Christian received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California, a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Hao Nguyen

Hao started his public accounting career in 1997 providing tax and consulting services to a variety of clients in the manufacturing and distribution industries as well as others. He received his Bachelor of Science from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s in business taxation from the University of Southern California.

His focus is on medium-sized, closely held companies working closely with the owners on their business issues as well as tax planning and compliance needs. This includes strategies for regular operations as well as planning for purchase, sale, formation and liquidation of the business entity. He also regularly represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as numerous state taxing authorities.

Hao is a CPA licensed in California and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Hao Nguyen

Hao started his public accounting career in 1997 providing tax and consulting services to a variety of clients in the manufacturing and distribution industries as well as others. He received his Bachelor of Science from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s in business taxation from the University of Southern California.

His focus is on medium-sized, closely held companies working closely with the owners on their business issues as well as tax planning and compliance needs. This includes strategies for regular operations as well as planning for purchase, sale, formation and liquidation of the business entity. He also regularly represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as numerous state taxing authorities.

Hao is a CPA licensed in California and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Shannon Sugar

Shannon started her tax career in 1997 at a large national firm. She provides tax consulting and compliance services to middle-market clients and their owners, primarily in the manufacturing and distribution and professional service industries.

Among her areas of focus is strategic tax planning for clients in the areas of multi-state and international operations, buy/sell issues and mergers and acquisitions. She also has extensive experience representing clients before the IRS and other state taxing authorities. Shannon received her Bachelor of Science from Loyola Marymount University in 1997 and a master’s in business taxation from the University of Southern California in 2003.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants and Loyola Marymount Accounting Advisory Board.

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Shannon Sugar

Shannon started her tax career in 1997 at a large national firm. She provides tax consulting and compliance services to middle-market clients and their owners, primarily in the manufacturing and distribution and professional service industries.

Among her areas of focus is strategic tax planning for clients in the areas of multi-state and international operations, buy/sell issues and mergers and acquisitions. She also has extensive experience representing clients before the IRS and other state taxing authorities. Shannon received her Bachelor of Science from Loyola Marymount University in 1997 and a master’s in business taxation from the University of Southern California in 2003.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants and Loyola Marymount Accounting Advisory Board.

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Adam Wallace

Adam graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He later received his master’s in accounting from University of Southern California. In 2000, he began his public accounting career at a Big Four firm where he remained before joining RKE in the summer of 2014.

Adam’s range of client service experience includes federal and state tax compliance, income tax planning strategies, accounting methods optimization, GAAP accounting for income taxes, and merger and acquisition planning. Adam also volunteers his time by serving as a Board Member for the California Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, a foster youth centered non-profit organization. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California, a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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Adam Wallace

Adam graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He later received his master’s in accounting from the University of Southern California. In 2000, he began his public accounting career at a Big Four firm where he remained before joining RKE in the summer of 2014.

Adam’s range of client service experience includes federal and state tax compliance, income tax planning strategies, accounting methods optimization, GAAP accounting for income taxes and merger and acquisition planning. He also volunteers his time by serving as a board member for the California Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, a foster youth-centered non-profit organization. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California, a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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Tricia Chow

Tricia provides a wide range of tax consulting and compliance services for public companies, closely held companies and their owners.

Her experience includes identifying and implementing domestic and international tax strategies, consultations regarding entity selection, transfer pricing, foreign tax credit planning, preparation of corporate tax provisions and disclosures, mergers and acquisitions and representation before the IRS and state agencies.

Tricia received her Bachelor of Science in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from California State University Los Angeles in 1997 and a Master of Business Taxation (MBT) from the University of Southern California in 2003.

Tricia is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Tricia Chow

Tricia provides a wide range of tax consulting and compliance services for public companies, closely held companies and their owners.

Her experience includes identifying and implementing domestic and international tax strategies, consultations regarding entity selection, transfer pricing, foreign tax credit planning, preparation of corporate tax provisions and disclosures, mergers and acquisitions and representation before the IRS and state agencies.

Tricia received her Bachelor of Science in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from California State University Los Angeles in 1997 and a Master of Business Taxation (MBT) from the University of Southern California in 2003.

Tricia is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Jaclyn Stansbury

Jaclyn received her Bachelor of Science in accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration in international business in 2006 from Loyola Marymount University. After graduation, she began working for a large regional accounting firm. Jaclyn joined RKE in 2008. Her experience includes preparation and review of various federal and multi-state corporate, partnership and individual income tax returns.

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Jaclyn Stansbury

Jaclyn received her Bachelor of Science in accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration in international business in 2006 from Loyola Marymount University. After graduation, she began working for a large regional accounting firm. Jaclyn joined RKE in 2008. Her experience includes preparation and review of various federal and multi-state corporate, partnership and individual income tax returns.

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