Southern California Accounting Firm Haskell & White Promotes Five in Tax and Audit Departments

IRVINE, Calif. (January 24, 2017) – Haskell & White, one of Southern California’s largest independently owned accounting, auditing and tax consulting firms, has promoted two employees in the Tax Department and three in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Department.

The Irvine, Calif.-based firm has more than 70 staff members in Orange County and San Diego, and prioritizes employee training and growth as well as promoting from within.

“At Haskell & White, we strive to provide as many resources as possible to help our employees get the education, training and experience they need to succeed,” said Managing Partner Wayne Pinnell. “We congratulate this group of newly promoted individuals, and look forward to seeing their professional and personal growth continue at the firm.”

The staff members who have been promoted are as follows:

Gordon Cope, CPA, Tax Manager

An Aliso Viejo resident with more than five years of experience in public accounting, Cope joined Haskell & White two years ago after working at Goldman Sachs and KPMG. In addition to preparing and reviewing federal and state income tax returns, Cope works with clients on tax and estate planning. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Utah, Cope specializes in the real estate, medical device, manufacturing and entertainment industries.

Kellie Kremer, CPA, Audit Manager

From creating and managing budgets to completing financial statements and audits, Kremer manages all aspects of client engagements. With previous experience at a regional accounting and consulting firm, Kremer has been at Haskell & White for two years. She has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and is an Irvine resident.

Thomas Kenaya, CPA, Audit Manager

A San Diego native, Kenaya joined Haskell & White one year ago after working for more than six years as senior auditor at a regional accounting firm and for the City of San Diego. His specialties are in the life science and manufacturing industries. Kenaya has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from National University.

Rachel Nguyen, Tax In-Charge Associate

Nguyen joined Haskell & White two years ago after graduating from California State University, Fullerton. A Garden Grove resident, her expertise is in the real estate, life science and manufacturing sectors.

Josiah Vander Poorten, Audit In-Charge Associate

An Irvine resident, Vander Poorten joined Haskell & White two years ago. Specializing in the nonprofit and real estate sectors as well as in SEC audits, he was previously a project accountant at an Orange County planning and design consulting firm. He earned his MBA from the University of La Verne and a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.

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

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