“Finances are an extremely important part of life,” said Andrew Paulden, managing partner of Brown Armstrong Certified Public Accountants. “Solving clients’ problems and watching them succeed financially based on our advice is very rewarding.”
That attitude has been at the heart of Brown Armstrong since its founding in 1974, when Peter Brown started the firm with just four employees and $20,000 of borrowed money. It was less than 10 years later in 1985 that the firm’s other namesake, Burt Armstrong, would join the firm and bring, Paulden, a young staff accountant, with him.
While in college, one of Paulden’s roommates was a top accounting student. “He very much encouraged me to get into the field of accounting by explaining how rewarding it was. So I jumped on the bandwagon.” Paulden graduated from Cal State, Chico in 1984 with a BS with an accounting emphasis. Just a year later, he was working at Brown Armstrong. He became a partner in 1994 and a decade later was named the firm’s managing partner.
Brown Armstrong is home to other talented partners, accountants, and support staff. Partner Ryan Nielsen got into accounting after meeting Steve Starbuck while he was taking his first basic accounting class. “After an hour-long conversation with him, I knew that’s where I wanted to be in ten years.” Partner Thomas Young got into accounting, “for the opportunity to help clients succeed in business.” Partner Eric Xin had always been good with numbers and quantitative analysis and determined that accounting fit his personality and goals while he was getting his MBA from CSUB. Partner Jian Ou-Yang got into accounting because he was interested in business and happened to have an aptitude for numbers. “Accounting is the perfect marriage of both,” he said.
“When I started there were three partners and one office and we focused primarily on taxes,” Paulden added. “Now, we have nine partners, four offices throughout California, and service clients statewide in a variety of industries.
“First and foremost, we provide excellent service at a reasonable cost. We are proactive and work hard to anticipate our clients’ needs. Our team members are very hands-on. Each client is treated as if they are our only client.”
Brown Armstrong has been a staple in our local financial industry for years and Paulden believes they have a very bright future. “There is so much potential at the firm. We have successfully retired four senior partners and transitioned to the next generation with a fantastic young partner group anxious to continue the legacy created by Pete Brown and Burt Armstrong.”
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