Two GHJ Partners Named Private Equity Leaders of Influence

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 16, 2023) – GHJ, a national advisory and accounting firm, is proud to announce that Private Equity Practice Leader David Sutton and Audit Partner David Sternberg were named “Leaders of Influence: Private Equity, Investors and Advisors” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

“David Sternberg and David Sutton are leaders at GHJ. Sutton has worked hard to create and grow our Private Equity Practice, and Sternberg is a valued advisor to our clients in the space,” said GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry. “They continue to go above and beyond not only in supporting their clients but also in developing strong teams with deep expertise.”

GHJ’s Private Equity Practice serves portfolio companies, private equity funds and principals to add value across all aspects of their business model. Sutton has built a team with deep knowledge of the private equity landscape with a value-creation philosophy allows them to provide perspective across the investment lifecycle.

“I have worked alongside Sutton and have seen him grow and develop a client-focused advisory mindset that sets him apart from others in the field,” said Advisory Practice Leader and past honoree Anant Patel. “Sutton has done a fantastic job establishing and leading GHJ’s Private Equity Practice to serve our numerous clients in the space.”

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Leaders of Influence: Private Equity, Investors and Advisors” issue highlights thought leaders who are making a significant impact in the private equity space in Los Angeles.


David Sternberg, CPA, is an Audit Partner at GHJ and member of the Private Equity Practice. His consultative mindset and passion for developing and empowering his people have made him a crucial leader and mentor in the Firm.

David’s work conducting financial statement audits, reviews and compilations provides crucial insights into his clients’ operations. This is especially important in private equity, where one group may be responsible for tracking the performance of many portfolio companies.

Despite his audit specialty, David previously worked in advisory services, providing financial due diligence on behalf of clients. He leverages this experience when working with private equity clients to present holistic solutions.


David Sutton has deep expertise in finance, restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. He leads GHJ’s Private Equity Practice, whose client base ranges from small family offices to established multi-disciplinary funds, and was promoted to partner in 2023.

An expert in mergers and acquisitions, David regularly advises clients on strategy, executes transactions and builds value before and immediately after a sale or acquisition. He leads transaction-related projects including Quality of Earnings, working capital analysis, forecasting and deal structuring.

David is also a leader of GHJ’s Business Resiliency Taskforce, driving the direction of GHJ’s content by identifying the trending topics clients should know. He has been published in GHJ’s blog and L.A. Times B2B Publishing and hosts the Business Disruption and Resilience Podcast.

About GHJ

GHJ is a national advisory and accounting firm with employees in more than 25 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 and Top Regional Leader in the West 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 157 countries across the globe. GHJ has 21 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).