Abbott, Stringham & Lynch Announces Deepa Bhat and Rachel Gillespie as new Principals

San Jose, CA (November 17, 2016) – Abbott, Stringham & Lynch, one of the largest local CPA firms in the Silicon Valley, is proud to announce that Deepa Bhat has been promoted to Audit Principal and Rachel Gillespie has been promoted to Tax Principal, effective January 1, 2017.

In making the announcement, Abbott, Stringham & Lynch’s Principal-in-charge of the Assurance and Accounting Department, Carol Wagner, said, “We are pleased to welcome Deepa and Rachel to the partnership group. These exceptional leaders have the experience and proven skills to take on their new responsibilities that will considerably contribute to our growth and build our reputation for providing remarkable client service.”

Deepa Bhat, CPA, has over 15 years of specialized accounting and assurance services to privately held, middle market companies in the technology, international and construction industries. She helps companies navigate complex and unique accounting issues encountered in their domestic as well as international operations. She is a member of the firm’s technology and construction groups and also heads up the firm’s retirement plan audit practice.

Deepa is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Deepa joined Abbott, Stringham & Lynch in 2004 after graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University.

Rachel Gillespie, CPA, has been with Abbott, Stringham and Lynch for 12 years and has over 19 years of tax and accounting experience.  Rachel has been a trusted advisor to high net worth individuals and their closely held businesses.  She is a member of the firm’s real estate group and has extensive experience advising her clients on commercial and residential real estate tax matters.  Rachel specializes in assisting both entrepreneurs and real estate professionals with complex transactions and has worked closely with many of the top real estate developers in the Silicon Valley. Her expertise extends well beyond her primary industry focus and encompasses partnership, individual, corporate and trust income tax consulting and compliance across a variety of industries. This diversity gives her an insightful perspective from which to advise clients in the areas of taxable and long-range business planning.

Rachel is a graduate of California State University, Chico and is a member of the AICPA and CalCPA.

About Abbott, Stringham & Lynch

Founded in 1977, ASL offers a wealth of experience in delivering services and specialties. We work with emerging- and middle-market privately held businesses to help them thrive in their markets. We also partner with high-net-worth individuals – owners, founders, and executives – to help them protect and grow their wealth. We identify untapped opportunities, challenges, and solutions, enabling clients to make the effective and timely decisions today that lead to a fuller and more secure tomorrow.

Designed to facilitate quality decisions, our services cover corporate tax planning and compliance, assurance and accounting, estate and gift tax planning, litigation support, succession planning and valuation. Our services are contextualized by our specialties in real estate, construction, technology, family wealth & individual tax, emerging businesses, manufacturing & distribution, nonprofit organizations, and recreation & entertainment.

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