Engineered Tax Services has a solid team of industry professionals to assist you with specialty tax questions, project identification, continuing education, and expertise on specialty tax incentives relating to Cost Segregation, Energy Incentives, Research Tax Credits, the Proper Treatment of Tangible Property, and Construction Tax Planning.
MEET OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD AND ADVISORS
JULIO P. GONZALEZ
Julio Gonzalez is the CEO of Engineered Tax Services. His insight, many years of tax & engineering expertise, and entrepreneurial drive have been the key factors in the long-term success and growth of ETS. He has a keen ability to recognize and appreciate the strengths of each person he meets and to identify ways to identify opportunities that are often left untapped. This ability has always resulted in an amazing team of professionals that are driven, capable and excel to the highest levels in the industry.
His professional expertise has earned ETS the recognition for being the leading Specialty Tax provider for its ability to take full advantage of every IRS opportunity, resulting in huge benefits for business owners and property investors of all sizes across the country.
Julio is married to the beautiful Leslie Gonzalez and resides in Southern Florida where they are advocates for local high-risk schools, charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the National Park Trust Foundation, a valued sponsor of the Miami Dolphins, and support of other local sporting events supporting health and fitness.
Julio & Leslie have also rescued numerous furry friends, including ETS’ own “corporate mascot” Vader!
MICHAEL F. D’ONOFRIO
Michael D’Onofrio is the Managing Director of ETS and sits on the Executive Board. He has had a successful career in finance, energy consulting, and real estate development. Michael has founded numerous successful companies and is a valued member of the team. His strong business drive has added professionalism, consistency and significant growth to the company as a whole as he guides his clients along the path of increased success and missed opportunities for reduced tax liability. He has also mentored many ETS team members to the same success.
Michael is originally from Southern Florida and recently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two small children. They enjoy playing in the great outdoors, mountain biking, hiking and sports. Michael also enjoys yoga, particularly Bikram Yoga (known as “hot” yoga), and rather than client golf outings, he will happy oblige any ETS clients with an hour of hot yoga instruction!
Kimberly Lochridge is Senior Vice President for Engineered Tax Services, Inc. (ETS), an industry-leading provider of specialty tax services in the United States. Kimberly possesses a powerful combination of real-world business management skills, with a fundamental understanding and practical application of tax codes as they relate to real estate, and energy efficiency incentives. This knowledge and experience has uniquely positioned her as a big-league tax expert for Fortune 500, high net worth individuals, ultra-high net worth individuals, single and multiple family offices, architects, and CPAs nationwide.
Ms. Lochridge also serves on the Investment Council for the Gonzalez Family Office where she reviews potential opportunities and co-investments the family’s portfolio which has earned her a seat in Washington D.C. at The Real Estate Roundtable.
Prior to joining ETS and the Gonzalez Family Office, Ms. Lochridge spent over a quarter of a century starting, acquiring, operating, and selling businesses, many of which had important roles within the real estate and energy industry. Kim is also a frequent national speaker in the investment, private wealth and family office spaces where she shares her expertise with others.
Heidi Henderson oversees the Marketing and Advertising efforts along with business development for ETS. Her career has been spend in private accounting within the commercial real estate, development and construction industries. This background allowed her to quickly adapt to the services offered by ETS as they relate to CPA’s, business owners, and property investors nationally.
Heidi lives in Northern Utah with her husband and three children, and a number of animal friends. Although she enjoys traveling she can be found after hours outside biking, skiing, boating or sitting on the back of a horse.
DAWN ALBA, ESQ
Dawn is General Counsel for Engineered Tax Services, Inc. for its West Palm Beach, Florida office. She is a Florida native who grew up as an avid Miami Dolphins football fan. She attended the University of South Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in marketing. Prior to joining ETS, Dawn worked for Johnson & Johnson, and Kimberly Clark in marketing and sales. Dawn then worked for the preeminent orthopedic implant company, Synthes, based in Davos, Switzerland (later acquired by Johnson & Johnson). Dawn served as their East Coast of Florida representative where she assisted and trained orthopedic surgeons on the use of the instruments and implantation of the prostheses. Dawn left the work force to raise her family after which she attended law school at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate, specializing in Corporate Finance and Banking Law. She currently volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem where she represents children in foster care, is a member of the Florida Bar as well as the Federal Bar of the Southern District of Florida.
Shannon Scott-Paul – Partner
As a Partner in the government affairs consulting firm, O’Brien, Gentry & Scott, LLC, Mrs. Scott-Paul has over 18 years of experience managing government affairs and public policy initiatives for the firm’s clients on a wide range of issues, including critical communications and information technology, homeland security and transportation safety, space and satellite policy, specialized military training and logistics, defense acquisition and fair trade policies, advanced medical research, and broad government reform initiatives in the areas of intellectual property and tax reform.
Over the course of her tenure, Mrs. Scott-Paul has developed and implemented successful public policy, advocacy and federal appropriations strategies for the firm’s broad range of domestic and international clients and is an experienced and successful manager of large strategic coalitions. She has been integral in the development of new government markets for clients by facilitating effective communication between the agencies and congress, building cross agency and industry partnerships, and driving policy initiatives that result in new or expanded government requirements and funding opportunities.
Mrs. Scott-Paul serves on the Government Advisory Committees of the National Military Families Association and BlueStar HonorCare. Prior to joining O’Brien & Associates, LLC, now O’Brien, Gentry & Scott, LLC, in February 1999, Ms. Scott served in the offices of then, Democratic House Minority Leader, Richard Gephardt.
David O'Brien – Managing Partner
We have compiled an impressive group of Advisory Board members including some of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influencial CPAs. Their expertise adds to our technical expertise and knowledge in engineering based tax advisory services and IRS tax code interpretation.
As founder and Managing Partner of the government affairs consulting firm, O’Brien, Gentry & Scott, LLC, Mr. O’Brien is a recognized leader in Washington on issues of federal policy, defense, and fair trade practices.
For over 30 years, Mr. O’Brien has successfully represented domestic and international client interests in the areas of strategic communications, military installation and logistics, energy policy, space and satellite technology, military defense systems including aerospace and shipbuilding programs, and broad federal policy reform initiatives. Over the course of his career, O’Brien has demonstrated the effectiveness of building strong bi-partisan relationships in Congress to advance critical program initiatives within the federal agencies on behalf of his clients. O’Brien has led the development and implementation of major policy and federal funding initiatives that have resulted in significant revenues for numerous clients. He understands how to build strategies to gain Congressional support for programs important to his clients and the federal government as well as the development of new opportunities and expanded government markets across agencies for his clients.
In addition, Mr. O’Brien is recognized as a leader in advocating for fair and open trade markets between the U.S. and its allies. In various advisory roles for the Canadian Commercial Corporation and British, Netherlands and Norwegian Ministries of Defense over the years, O’Brien has been directly involved in major policy matters, including leading efforts to stop protectionist policies while promoting fair trade between the U.S. and allied nations on the basis of the best, most cost effective technologies regardless of the country of origin.
Mr. O’Brien formed O’Brien & Associates, LLC in 1981, which became O’Brien, Gentry & Scott, LLC in 2012. Prior to forming O’Brien & Associates, LLC, Mr. O’Brien was a Senior Consultant with the Washington Management Group where he played an integral role in the reorganization of major corporations.
Jerome (Jerry) Pierce Jr.
Jerome (Jerry) Pierce Jr. is the President of The Interamerica Group, (TIG) a leading management consulting and government relations firm based in Washington DC. and Sao Paulo, Brazil. In this capacity, Mr. Pierce has advised hundreds of companies and federal government agencies on improving efficiencies and outputs while reducing costs by incorporating the latest in innovative technology. He is an expert on Brazilian commerce, government, and culture and advises US companies on strategies on entering the Latin American market. Mr. Pierce is also an owner and board member of USA Hispanic and Politico Hispano newspapers where he writes on issues pertaining to business, government, and politics in the US and Latin America. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Pierce served as Deputy Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey where he supported the Mayor with the successful introduction of the medical savings accounts, school choice programs, and property tax debt securitization programs, which helped, leading to the resurgence of the city.
Prior to this Mr. Pierce served President George H.W. Bush and Secretary Jack Kemp as an Assistant Secretary of Administration. In this capacity, he had direct oversight over the Housing agency’s annual budget, information technology, finance and accounting, personnel, procurement, and contracts. During this time, Mr. Pierce received exceptional insight into the inner workings of the U.S Congress, the White House/ Executive Branch and the diverse government agencies.
Mr. Pierce has experience in the corporate world working as an executive with Mobil Oil and Unocal Chemicals. During his tenure at the companies, Mr. Pierce worked in sales and business development of petroleum products and chemicals and created the direct export division of these products to the Caribbean and Latin America
Immediately upon graduation from college, Mr. Pierce served as a missionary and volunteer with El Verbo Ministries in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. In this capacity, he provided diverse services to people with special needs, including teaching at local schools, working on prison rehabilitation projects, and providing counseling for drug-addicted teens.
Pierce received his Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he excelled as captain of the football team. He is the all-time leading tackler at Dartmouth with 387 tackles including 35 in one game. He is recognized by ESPN in its encyclopedia of college football as a part of the all-time Dartmouth Team. He received the prestigious Swede Nelson Award given by the Boston Gridiron Association for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, sportsmanship, and citizenship. He performed his graduate studies in Public Administration at American University.
Politically, Mr. Pierce served as a member of President George W Bush’s Transition Advisory Committee and worked on the Bush-Cheney ’00 and ’04 National Finance Committees, and the Rudy Giuliani 2008 presidential campaign. He worked on the finance team for the Donald J Trump presidential campaign and served as a Trump surrogate to the international media. Mr. Pierce is a member of the Board of Directors of Hispanic 100, and a member of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council.
Mr. Pierce is a 2014 recipient of the Golden Rule International Award given out by the United Nations for his service to humanity. He is a contributing writer to China Go Abroad, Latam Founders newsletters Politico Hispano newspaper and to his blog at www.theinteramericagroup.com/blog.
A nationally recognized speaker and industry analyst, Allan has appeared on the CNN, WGN and Fox Television networks and has been quoted frequently in such media as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and New York Post, as well as Bloomberg News, BBC World Service, Business Week, Forbes and Reuters. He has also spoken nationally and internationally at hundreds of conferences including those held by the AICPA, international CPA associations, and state CPA societies.
For fifteen consecutive years, Allan has been named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the accounting profession. In 2010, he was the only consultant among the top 10 vote-getters, which include such notables as President Barack Obama, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, SEC Chair Mary Schapiro, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, and AICPA President Barry Melancon. Koltin was also voted one of the 10 Most Recommended Consultants for the tenth straight year in the “Annual Survey of Firms” conducted by INSIDE Public Accounting. In 2012 through 2015, Allan was named by CPA Practice Advisor as one of the Top 25 Thought Leaders in the profession. He was one of the first inducted into the Accounting Marketing Hall of Fame by the Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM). He has also been a recipient of the NACVA Instructor of the Year Award and winner of the Journal of Accountancy Literacy Award. Previously he was recognized by the Illinois CPA Society with the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service and commitment to the profession.
Koltin is the author-editor of three books for professional services firms: CPA Firm Merger Strategies That Work, CPAs That Sell and the AICPA’s Marketing a Consulting Niche. He serves or has served on the editorial advisory boards of CPA Practice Management Forum, the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Today, Public Accounting Report and Law Firm Management.
He is a founding member of The Advisory Board, a think tank for the accounting profession, and is currently on the board of ComplyGlobal. He has also served on various advisory boards, including SS&G, Outsource Partners International (OPI), the Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM), the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) and H&R Block (HRB Business Services).
Previously, Allan was the President and CEO of PDI, Global, Inc. which was the largest publisher of marketing newsletters for professional services firms. Allan originally sold PDI Global to H&R Block in 1998, buying it back in 2008, and then selling it again to Thomson Reuters in 2011. Prior to that, Allan was a Senior Partner in the Chicago-based accounting and consulting firm of FERS, where he served as the leader of the Investment Banking Group, as well as the Law Firm Consulting Group. At age 27, Allan had the distinction of being named the youngest partner in the history of the firm and was also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. FERS was acquired by H&R Block in 1998.
Allan attended both the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and received degrees in accounting and marketing. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Sharon, and his three children, Jack, Brian and Julia. His hobbies include playing with his children, travel, chess, working out and watching basketball.
Highly sought for his ability to engage and inspire audiences, Allan enjoys delivering keynote addresses at conferences throughout the professional services industry. His passion is facilitating retreats and providing coaching for firm leadership and partners. His specialties include strategy, governance, profitability, compensation, growth, human capital, and mergers and acquisitions.
Michael I. Daszkal, CPA
Michael co-founded Daszkal Bolton LLP, one of the largest regional CPA firms in South Florida. He continues to lead the firm as Managing Partner, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Partner in charge of the Audit and Accounting Services Department. With over 20 years in the accounting industry, Michael’s expertise transcends many areas of auditing and accounting, including due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, preparation of financial statements, and SEC rules and guidelines. Michael serves middle-market companies, SEC registrants, high growth and emerging companies, high net worth families, private equity and acquisitive companies, and corporate executives. His industry expertise includes real estate and construction, manufacturing and distribution, financial services, technology, and healthcare.