LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan. 18, 2022) – GHJ, a national accounting and advisory firm headquartered in Los Angeles, expands its Food and Beverage Practice with the addition of Maria Pearman, CPA, CGMA. Maria joins the Firm as a principal and provides deep expertise in the beverage and alcohol sector.
“Our Food and Beverage Practice has long been recognized and respected in the industry,” said GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry. “The addition of Maria and her beverage expertise will allow us to further collaborate with clients as well as expand our breadth of service offerings.”
Maria has more than 10 years of public accounting experience providing accounting and advisory services to clients. She is a well-known expert in the beverage and alcohol industry and specializes in internal accounting processes, financial reviews, budgeting, cash flow forecasting, financial strategy and succession planning.
“We are excited to welcome Maria to our dynamic Food and Beverage Practice,” said GHJ Partner and Food and Beverage Practice Leader Donald Snyder. “With her substantial experience in the beverage industry, she will provide valuable insights into the sector and help to continue to grow the practice and better service our clients.”
Prior to joining GHJ in 2021, Maria was based in Portland, OR. She built a national practice focused on beverage alcohol clients. Maria helped clients to improve financial results and maximize the efficiency of operations and guided them through ownership transitions.
Maria is also a featured speaker and author on topics in the beverage space, specifically related to craft breweries. 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.
Published by the Brewers Association in 2019, Maria wrote a top-rated book, Small Brewery Finance, to help small businesses run more successful breweries. She is currently working on a new book, Distillery Finance, set to be released in the spring of 2022.
GHJ is an accounting and advisory firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Previous 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.
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 better serve its clients and give clients access to member firms in over 158 countries across the globe and over 775 offices worldwide.
Also ranked as a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, GHJ has 15 partners and more than 160 staff members that serve over 3,000 clients. GHJ 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).