GHJ Leaders Honored by Los Angeles Business Journal's "Thriving in Their 40s"

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 21, 2023) – GHJ, a national advisory and accounting firm, is proud to announce that two of its esteemed leaders, David Sutton and Maria Pearman, were recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its annual "Thriving in Their 40s" list. This recognition celebrates professionals who have made significant contributions in their fields while demonstrating exceptional leadership and community involvement.

"We are immensely proud of David and Maria's accomplishments and grateful for their contributions to the Firm," said GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry. "Their inclusion in the 'Thriving in Their 40s' list is a testament to the important work they do on behalf of their clients, colleagues and community. They truly embody GHJ’s core values of Bright Minds, Brave Hearts and Bold Actions."

This recognition aligns with GHJ's commitment to collaborating with forward-thinking individuals and empowering the people around us to #BeMore. The Firm continually strives to create a supportive environment where leaders like David and Maria can thrive and inspire others.


David has been instrumental in driving the firm's growth and innovation in the private equity sector. As one of the leaders of GHJ’s Business Resiliency Taskforce, David spearheads important initiatives to guide businesses through economic disruption. He also hosts GHJ’s Business Disruption and Resilience Podcast, where he leads vital discussions about how business owners can achieve success in a competitive marketplace.

David joined GHJ’s Partner Group in January 2023. In recognition of his leadership in the private equity space, David was named a Banking and Finance Visionary by L.A. Times B2B Publishing and a Private Equity Leader of Influence by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2023.


Maria stands out for her deep expertise and passion for helping others. Dedicated to serving the food and beverage space, Maria regularly shares her insights with the industry and has written two books about running successful beverage alcohol businesses: Small Brewery Finance and Distillery Finance. She has taught courses at the Business of Craft Beer program at the University of Vermont as well as the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Academy.

Maria will join GHJ’s Partner Group on Jan. 1, 2024. In recognition of her leadership as a client service provider, Maria was named a Woman of Influence: Accounting by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2022 and 2023 and was nominated for L.A. Times B2B Publishing’s Inspirational Women Awards in 2023.

About GHJ

GHJ is a national advisory and accounting firm with employees in nearly 30 states and clients around the world. Our team of experts meet clients where they are and provide personalized service for nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Ranked as a Top-100 Firm, 7th Fastest-Growing Firm, Top Regional Leader in the West and Best Firm to Work For by Accounting Today, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.

Through its affiliation with HLB International, a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers, GHJ is able to partner with other top firms around the world. GHJ’s audit, tax and advisory teams leverage the HLB network to partner with its clients and give clients access to member firms in over 150 countries across the globe. GHJ has 22 partners and more than 200 staff members, who serve thousands of clients. The Firm is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofit).