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We offer a broad range of services to help you secure a sound financial future. You've worked hard to get where you are. You deserve a firm that works hard for you.

Meet Our Team

Scott Peck

Scott founded this firm in 2009 after spending 17 years (11 as a partner) at another Escondido firm. Having been in public accounting for nearly 30 years, he has a diverse range of experience – especially in the area of income tax. Yet in spite of his broad range of technical abilities, he feels that his primary skill and value-add is the care he has for his clients and his ability to translate the complicated into the understandable. He is always flattered when he hears from clients that they came in just because they enjoy spending time with him.

He has lived in the inland North County area since 1971 and graduated from Orange Glen High School in Escondido in 1978. He and his wife Susan currently live in Rancho Bernardo. They have one adult son. He loves music, history and old-time baseball.

Julia Firestone

Julia Firestone, CPA, specializes in tax planning and preparation for individuals, partnerships, corporations, trusts, and estates.  She works closely with clients to develop tax strategies and projections.  Julia prepares financial statements and advises businesses on various accounting matters.  She responds to IRS and FTB notices, and conducts research for unusual tax situations.  Before joining the firm in 2011, Julia qualified as an Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) associate while living in London.  She graduated with a BA in Accounting and Marketing from London Metropolitan University, with a First Class Honors Degree (top 2%).

Nancy Dunlap

As a CPA with 30 years of experience in all facets of business and accounting, Nancy now focuses her attention on complex tax matters.  She specializes in the preparation of estate and trust returns working closely with a number of local law firms.  On her days away from the office, she is mastering the role of grandmother to small but fully energized grandchildren.

Kate Trinh

Kate Trinh, CPA, has over 10 years of tax preparation experience ranging from individual to corporate and partnership tax. Prior to that, Kate worked in corporate tax accounting for over 15 years. Her CPA license was earned in the auditing and accounting department of a national CPA firm. What she enjoys most about her work is the ability to collaborate with clients to help them understand and feel at ease when it comes to technical tax matters.

Kate graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting. She lives with her husband DJ in San Diego. They have a daughter and a son in college. Kate's favorite past time is vacationing with her family.

Carolyn Thayer

Originally from a small suburb in western Massachusetts, Carolyn Thayer joined the CPA family as an administrative assistant specializing in computers. Her sunny disposition, hard work and reliability have been great assets throughout the years. She loves animals, country music and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Mark Luhm

It was inevitable.  Mark’s sister and brother-in-law are accountants.  His grandfather and aunt were bookkeepers.  After 25 years working for a large Midwestern bank, Mark made it to California in 2009 where he has taken up the family profession.  He enjoys learning about our clients’ businesses in order to serve them better. 

In his free time, he enjoys winemaking, listening to music, Civil War history and baseball.  He lives in Hidden Meadows with his two cats, Bets and Pip.

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