GHJ Leaders Named “Women of Influence” by LABJ

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 22, 2022) – GHJ, a leading accounting and advisory firm, is proud to announce that GHJ Principal Maria Pearman and Senior Manager Amy Eybsen were featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women of Influence: Accounting” issue.

“Maria and Amy wholly deserve this recognition for their contributions to the firm, the community and the accounting profession as a whole,” said GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry. “Maria and Amy have made major contributions in developing our industry expertise and exhibit GHJ’s core values of Bright Minds, Brave Hearts and Bold Actions.”

“Women of Influence: Accounting” is a supplemental issue from the Los Angeles Business Journal that highlights the people who are transforming the accounting industry.

“It is wonderful to see the Los Angeles Business Journal recognize the work done by women accounting leaders,” Tom continued. “GHJ believes that diverse perspectives and voices is necessary for success, and we credit our success to leaders like Maria and Amy, who do great work and inspire their teams to #BeMore.”

GHJ’s support of female leadership stems from a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) that is deeply rooted in the Firm’s culture. Knowing that a diversity of perspectives is essential for any truly great enterprise, the Firm aims to create an environment of belonging where employees can express their authentic selves and #BeMore together. Employee-led cohorts, such as GHJ’s Women’s Empowerment Cohort, host guest speakers, plan group activities to build unity and lead discussions on creating an equitable work environment and building allyship for women, people of color and working parents.


Maria Pearman, CPA, CGMA, is a Principal at GHJ and the Beverage Practice Leader. She has more than 15 years of public accounting experience and specializes in internal accounting processes, financial reviews, budgeting, cash flow forecasting, financial strategy and succession planning.

Prior to joining GHJ in 2021, Maria built a national practice focused on beverage alcohol clients. She sits on the Finance Committee for the Brewers Association, the nation’s largest industry organization for craft brewers. She is an Advisory Board Member for The Bruery, an LA-based brewery with nationwide distribution.

Maria has written two books about running a successful beverage alcohol business: Small Brewery Finance and Distillery Finance and is a sought-after speaker on the topics of building a business model, adopting new business strategies and creating gender equity in the beverage alcohol industry.


Amy Eybsen, CPA, is a Senior Manager within GHJ’s Audit and Assurance Practice and leader within GHJ’s Nonprofit Practice. She has more than 10 years of public accounting experience and provides accounting, auditing and transaction services to a wide variety of companies and organizations across multiple industries, with a specialty focus on nonprofits and private foundations.

Amy is affiliated with the Community Advisory Council of Voices for Children, the North County Philanthropy Council (North County San Diego), California Society of CPAs and Southern California Grantmakers.

Prior to joining GHJ in 2015, she worked at a Big Four firm in its Audit Practice and managed audits involving international business combinations and purchase accounting. In 2018, Amy was named “Young Accountant of the Year” by The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin for her leadership and impact in the nonprofit and accounting world.

About GHJ

GHJ is an accounting and advisory firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Ranked as Accounting Today’s “Firm to Watch” and “Top Regional Leader in the West,” an INSIDE Public Accounting Top 200 firm and a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future. GHJ works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth.

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 across major cities throughout the U.S. and 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 157 countries across the globe. GHJ has 21 partners and approximately 200 staff members that 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).