California CPA Firm Haskell & White Promotes Four, Including Three within Tax Department

Moves continue organizational commitment to staff development

IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2019)Haskell & White, one of the largest independent public accounting firms in Southern California, is pleased to announce the promotions of three key client service team members and an invaluable member of the firm’s back-office team.

“Haskell & White is a big believer in giving our staff the opportunity to thrive,” said Managing Partner Wayne Pinnell. “Each member of our firm shares in our dedication to excellence, and these four individuals have repeatedly demonstrated their respective talents and work ethic since joining Haskell & White years ago. I look forward to seeing them continue to grow with increased responsibilities and opportunities to excel.”

Haskell & White congratulates the following individuals on their promotions:

Joe Zhao, CPA, Senior Tax Manager

Zhao brings over a decade of public accounting experience to Haskell & White and was previously a real estate tax manager at Ernst & Young.

Zhao has experience in providing consulting, compliance, and advisory services for commercial and residential real estate developers, real estate investment funds, land developers, and real estate investment trusts (REITs). He consults on real estate property and entity acquisitions, reviewing and formulation of partnership agreements, and provides guidance on organizational structures. He also is well-versed in multi-state compliance and state/international withholdings. As a senior tax manager with Haskell & White, Zhao uses his business acumen and organizational skills to enhance the client experience by providing added value beyond tax returns.

Sarah Dias, In-Charge Tax Accountant

Dias has been with Haskell & White for two years, joining the firm after gaining two years of public accounting experience through a staff role at a local firm, and an internship at a national firm. Highly productive and efficient, she has specialties that include real estate partnerships and high-net-worth individuals. In her new role, Dias will delegate work to challenge and develop individuals at the firm, monitor progress against current plans and budgets, and develop strong working relationships with client personnel.

Heather Huynh, In-Charge Tax Accountant Huynh first joined Haskell & White through a merger with Katherman Kitts & Co. LLP in 2017. She specializes in preparing tax returns for high-net-worth individuals and is skilled in technology. Prior to working in public accounting, she worked as a private accountant for Zodiac Aerospace USA. Her promotion to in-charge tax accountant will include mentoring other accountants at the firm and overseeing engagements for clients.

Brenda Roberts, Payroll & Benefits Manager

Roberts joined Haskell & White in 2015, bringing with her 25 years of experience in accounting, and 16 years of payroll and benefits experience for the transportation and moving industries.  Her responsibilities at Haskell & White include payroll processing, benefits administration, daily cash management, overseeing and managing accounts payable and onboarding new hires. Her experience managing payroll, coupled with careful time management, allows her to take on additional responsibilities at the firm. Known for her strong work ethic, employees can always go to Roberts with a question, and be sure to walk away with an answer.

About Haskell & White LLP

Haskell & White LLP is one of the largest independently owned accounting, auditing and tax consulting firms in Southern California, servicing public and private middle-market companies. With locations in Irvine and San Diego, Haskell & White combines the expansive services, knowledge, experience and reach of national and international accounting firms with the personal attention, responsiveness and value of a local organization. Haskell & White works with companies in a broad range of industries including real estate, manufacturing, distribution, life science, technology and retail. The firm provides solid expertise and services to its clients in the tax and audit disciplines, including advising SEC registrants and consulting on mergers and acquisitions. Further information on Haskell & White can be found on the firm’s website, Connect with Haskell & White at and