GHJ Partners Recognized by LABJ for “Thriving in Their 40s”

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 19, 2022) – GHJ, a leading accounting and advisory firm, is proud to announce that Managing Partner Tom Barry and Tax Practice Leader Akash Sehgal were featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s "Thriving in Their 40s" issue.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside business leaders in Los Angeles,” Tom said. “I am grateful to work with great leaders like Akash who are committed to innovation and encouraging employees and clients to #BeMore.”

The “Thriving in Their 40s” issue recognizes leading business professionals in the Los Angeles region. This is Akash’s first time being featured in this issue. Tom was previously recognized in 2019 and 2021.

“Thank you to the Los Angeles Business Journal for this recognition,” Akash said. “I am inspired by my team and the success we have achieved together. It is an honor to be featured in the issue because it reinforces the progress my colleagues and GHJ have made.”


Tom is committed to building a modern accounting and advisory firm with team members located across the country. Since he became Managing Partner, GHJ opened the doors to its new headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles and an office in Northern California and launched an award-winning brand refresh campaign.

He is a strong proponent of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in the workplace and GHJ’s #BeMore philosophy. This firm culture is built on the belief that people are more successful when they are free to express their authentic selves in and out of the office.

Tom introduced several initiatives to encourage GHJ employees and clients to pursue their passions. This includes a mental health break in the summer that aims to combat employee burnout, a sabbatical program for partners, the continued push to develop and empower new leaders internally and the establishment of GHJ Foundation, which provides employees an opportunity to become philanthropists and give back to the communities that GHJ serves.


Akash is the Tax Practice Leader at GHJ, where he leads the Firm’s largest department. A major believer in lifting up others, Akash has used his position to innovate the Tax Practice and develop the next generation of Firm leaders.

GHJ’s Tax Practice has grown exponentially under Akash’s leadership, increasing its headcount by 52 percent in five years with the Firm’s expansion into Northern California and hiring of practitioners throughout the U.S. Throughout this growth, Akash has worked closely with his team of nearly 100 tax professionals to ensure everyone receives the support they need and feels empowered to succeed.

Outside of GHJ, Akash continues to contribute to the growth of the accounting industry. A high-demand expert on tax regulations, Akash has presented for Tax Executive Institute, the California Society of CPAs, Strafford Publications and the Council on State Taxation. He is passionate about working across departments, geographic boundaries and different skillsets to achieve success.

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 20 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).