LOS ANGELES, CA (April 27, 2020) – GHJ (GHJ) Partner Anant Patel, Partner Satpal Nagpal and Managing Director Lizbeth Nevarez were recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as 2020 “Most Influential Minority CPAs.” The recognition comes as a third for Patel, second for Nevarez and a first for Nagpal.
“I am proud of the amazing work accomplished by Anant, Satpal and Lizabeth,” GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry said. “Their recognition within the accounting industry is a reflection of our Firm’s immensely talented and dedicated team.”
Published in the April 27, 2020 issue of Los Angeles Business Journal, “Most Influential Minority CPAs” awards recognizes professionals that display strong leadership, mentorship and professional advocacy both inside and outside of their firm.
“It is such an honor to be recognized again by the LABJ,” Patel said “My goal is to continue to coach and mentor our accounting and advisory future leaders.”
GHJ prides itself on having a diverse staff from around the world and providing a welcoming and supportive environment for minorities. With most employees coming from different cultures, countries and backgrounds, the Firm believes that diversity of thought helps to better serve clients.
“GHJ is committed to my professional career growth and has allowed me to follow my passion for the nonprofit community,” Nevarez said. “Being recognized by LABJ for doing what I am passionate about is truly an honor.”
GHJ believes that providing equal opportunities for minorities and having a diverse workplace encourages employees to #BeMore daily by interacting with one another and sharing new ideas to help them be better accountants and advisors.
“I am very thankful to be included in this year’s list of Most Influential Minority CPAs,” said Nagpal. “I am proud to lead a group of amazing and diverse accountants in our Audit Practice. I hope to inspire others as much as my fellow colleagues inspire me.”
About Anant Patel, Partner, Advisory and Transaction Advisory Practice Leader
With more than 20 years of public accounting experience, Patel, who is being recognized by LABJ for the third year in a row, is a trailblazer within the accounting industry. He advises in the area of mergers and acquisitions and provides financial due diligence consulting for clients.
Under his leadership, GHJ’s Consulting Practice and Transaction Advisory Practice have launched new services lines and brought on new high-level talent.
“Through his leadership and dedication to providing superior accounting and advisory services, Anant has truly shaped our growth strategy,” Barry said. “But his leadership transcends beyond bringing in new clients. He is an inspirational mentor for those starting out in accounting, and his guidance has helped grow many leaders to achieve success at GHJ.”
Patel is a force to be reckoned with, not only at GHJ, but on an international level. His reach goes far beyond his leadership at the firm as he is Global Chair of the HLB International Transaction Advisory Services Group, a global accounting firm network ranked as the 12th largest network worldwide.
About Satpal Nagpal, Partner, Audit Practice Leader
Nagpal’s meaningful contributions as an innovative leader at GHJ is the reason for his recent succession into the role of leading the Firm’s Audit Practice. Nagpal enjoys helping clients grow their businesses and assisting them on complex audit issues, but he is passion about innovation within accounting is what makes him a formidable leader amongst LABJ’s Most Influential Minority CPAs.
Under his leadership, the Audit Practice has continued to grow and thrive as he has worked to build new leaders within the practice and expand and diversify the talent and services provided to clients.
“Satpal ensures and encourages collaboration between various groups and people at the firm,” Barry said. “He has helped contribute innovative ideas to further enhance the firm’s ongoing growth within the Audit Practice. Satpal’s passion for serving clients and innovation initiatives encourages other employees to #BeMore and change how we do business.”
About Lizbeth Nevarez, Managing Director, Nonprofit Tax Practice Leader
As is a champion of women in the workplace, an emerging business development leader and dedicated trailblazer in the Los Angeles nonprofit community, Nevarez has served as a speaker at industry events and has written blogs and other thought leadership on industry trends.
Nevarez is a leader in the Firm’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which is focused on helping women achieve success at the Firm by providing training to advance women into leadership positions. GHJ’s Women’s Empowerment Speaker Series invites women who have achieved top roles in their field to discuss their path to leadership and offer insights into the journey’s challenges and opportunities.
Additionally, as part of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative, Nevarez regularly writes blogs about how women and mothers can #BeMore in the workplace.
“Lizbeth is a team player and pathfinder for other women at GHJ,” Barry explained. “Her hard work and commitment to nonprofits and dedication to inspiring women in the workplace showcases her leadership abilities, making her an inspiration for both her colleagues and those looking to enter the accounting field.”
This team is an example of trusted advisors who are dedicated to achieving financial and business success for their clients.
Founded in 1953, GHJ is a Los Angeles-based accounting firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Past recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Employee Champion For Life Work Harmony Award and named a “Best Places to Work” by the Los Angeles Business Journal eight times since 2008, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.
The firm works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth. Also ranked as a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, the firm has 14 partners and approximately 150 staff members that serve over 3,000 clients. The firm is 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).