After having successful careers in finance and accounting, certified public accountants Jerry Tellinghuisen and Cynthia D. Martin have partnered to open Sequim CPA this past June. The pair met about a year ago — Telling-huisen owns Kingston CPA — and they decided to bring their expertise in accounting and auditing services to Sequim.
“We were asked to come up here by some people in the area to start this,” Martin said.
“We specialize in small businesses, from accounting to bookkeeping to audits,” Tellinghuisen said. “We also do tax preparation and tax planning.”
“Both Jerry and I have been on the other side of the balance sheet,” Martin said. “I ran my own business for 10 years and Jerry worked at Washington Mutual in the finance department.”
Business services include small business accounting, forensic accounting, bank financing, strategic business planning, new business formation, assessing internal controls, audits/reviews, cash flow management, business valuation, succession planning, nonprofit tax exemption management and litigation support.
In laymen’s terms, auditing, Martin explained, is “when we go look at internal controls and assess the risk of the possibility that a company’s financial statements could be misstated. It has to be a true picture of the company. When we do the financial picture, we look for proper procedures.”
Although their focus is on small businesses, Martin said, “We have experience with large and small businesses — Jerry and I have different backgrounds that can address those. We do have the expertise for large companies for this area. I want to be a go-to person to help the client make the right decisions for their company.”
Martin noted, “My job is to help small businesses use the (professional) skills, training and life skills to help them take their company as far as possible and be as profitable as possible.”
Sequim CPA also offers services for individuals, including personal financial planning, estate planning, retirement planning and elder care financial management.
“We absolutely love the clients up here,” Martin said.
“The best is they’re honest, forthright and hard-working people who just want to do a good job and make a decent living.
“They’ve embraced us and we feel honored that they trust us.”