Abraham Finberg, MBA, CPA

Abraham Finberg, MBA, CPA, is Founder and Owner of 420CPASM, serving businesses in the cannabis industry since 2009.  Abraham is the go-to tax and accounting expert for cannabis business owners. As a tax expert who makes it his mission to “fight the war on taxes” for his clients, Abraham is passionate about solving thorny and troublesome tax issues that are constantly coming up in cannabis businesses.

Abraham was a Los Angeles board member of Americans for Safe Access in 2011.  Serving the cannabis industry is a family affair as Abraham’s wife, Loren Brauner, served as President and formed the first Brownie Mary Los Angeles County Club through their association with Americans for Safe Access.

Abraham has successfully represented various clients in IRS and Board of Equalization tax compliance audits and prepared and reviewed corporation, partnership and individual tax returns. He currently serves as Auditor for the 63D RD U.S. Army Reserves, where he led the Army Audit Readiness Program and supervised preparation of monthly financial and variance reports for internal and General Officer review.

Abraham received his Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. He is a licensed CPA in the state of California. When he’s not “fighting the war on taxes” for his clients, Abraham continues to “fight the war on terror” as Major Abraham Finberg, a reserve Soldier with the US Army who works as an Auditor for the Department of Internal Review.

In his free time, Abraham is very much a family man and loves to spend quality time with his family. He enjoys sailing with his wife, telling bedtime stories to his daughter, and keeping up with his son’s college ambitions. Did you know that Abraham bikes to work? Not only is biking better for the environment, but Abraham finds it absolutely hilarious when he’s passing motorists stuck in a notorious L.A. traffic jam on his bicycle!

Rachel Wright, MST, CPA

Rachel Wright, MST, CPA is Managing Partner with AB FinWright LLP, an accounting, tax, and advisory firm located in Los Angeles, CA.  Rachel’s passion is making complicated tax issues simple to understand for business owners, as well as navigating the tax landscape to find the best solutions for her clients. She enjoys helping clients elevate their businesses and gain confidence that their financial side is being handled so they can focus on operations and sales.

Some of the more recent client projects of Rachel’s include acting as CFO and controller for many small to medium sized businesses, handling tax audits, and setting up complex books for commercial real estate developers to track transactions across various divisions.

Prior to joining AB FinWright LLP, Rachel founded and managed her own firm Wright Accounting Services for 15 years before merging with Abraham Finberg and Associates, Inc. in 2019. Rachel headed the finance and accounting department of a fast-growing manufacturing company.  She has vast experience in the real estate development industry, from architecture to construction to management, building accounting departments and creating internal controls for fast-growing entities. Rachel has also worked with clients on several tax audits with various federal and state agencies.

Rachel has a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and is currently pursuing her Masters Certification in International Taxation. Rachel is a horse enthusiast and loves riding dressage with her 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood. She also enjoys reading Victorian-era novels, and traveling with her family.

Simon Menkes, CPA

Simon Menkes, CPA, is a Trusted Advisor at AB FinWright LLP. As a client-focused, goal-driven, and seasoned veteran in the industry, Simon is passionate about giving his clients great advice, wise counsel, and trustworthy guidance to unlock their hidden potential and help grow their businesses. His goal is to guide his clients through the complex and competitive business environment and empower them to achieve their goals and vision.

Simon provides his expertise to a wide range of business industries, but is especially well-versed in technology, finance, construction, retail, real estate, and cannabis. Some of Simon’s recent projects include:

  • Helped startups get their QuickBooks accounting systems set up and running.
  • Overhauled accounting system for production of multi-year GAAP financial statements and drafting private placement memorandum.
  • Provided initial partnership accounting and GAAP statements for an investment company
  • Negotiated tax refunds and reductions from government tax agencies saving $165,000
  • Co-mediated and settled a million-dollar-plus dispute between contractor and company

Prior to joining AB FinWright, Simon was a controller and senior accountant for various businesses and firms across a variety of industries, including real estate and property management, technology, and financial services. His two decades of accounting experience include a variety of responsibilities, including the management of all daily accounting and financial operations, cash flow analyses and projects, month-end close, payroll, audit compliance, and much more.

Simon earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Princeton University and is a licensed CPA in the state of California, as well as a mediator certified by the National Conflict Resolution Center. Simon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA).

When he’s not busy with work, Simon spends his time practicing karate, surfing waves, or dancing. He is also a novelist who has written two novels and is currently working on his third.

Andrew Gradman, Esq.

Andrew Gradman, Esq., is a Trusted Advisor at AB FinWright LLP and founder of Gradman Tax. He is an expert in tax law who helps clients understand and minimize tax obligations including income, estate, employment, property, excise, sales, use and franchise taxes.

Prior to building Gradman Tax, Andrew practiced law for various employers, garnering a decade’s worth of experience and expertise. He received a Master of Laws in Taxation and business certificate from New York University, a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.

A man of many talents, Andrew contributes his tax expertise to the Beit Tzedek low-income tax clinic as a volunteer. He is a cellist who performs with the LA Lawyers’ Philharmonic and a prolific author. His article on qualified opportunity zones was on the front-page for the Tax Notes Federal magazine. Andrew is also a top 200 article creator on Wikipedia with nearly 1,000 pages. He enjoys watching Kurzgesagt, a YouTube channel that provides minimalist animated educational content, and science videos featuring ducks.

Melissa Walters

Melissa Walters, Consultant, joined AB FinWright LLP in 2018. A client-oriented and results-driven individual, Melissa loves seeing jobs from start to finish and feels especially rewarded by clients’ happiness when they admire the finished product and end results. She is responsible for responding to client inquiries, e-filing, sending out tax returns, and sending out organizers to obtain any necessary client information. She truly enjoys gaining more experience and knowledge each day she spends helping her clients and working with other members of the AB FinWright team.

Melissa has a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and an Associate’s Degree in Office Administration from El Camino college. She is also a certified bookkeeper and office clerk.

When she’s not busy with work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and loves the great outdoors. She often finds herself hiking, exploring new places, relaxing on the beach, and travelling to various destinations. She’s also a huge fan of music, dancing, and horror movies.

Tara O’Connor

Tara O’Connor, Office Administrator, joined AB FinWright in 2018. Tara is the “concierge” for AB FinWright; she is responsible for acting as the liaison between AB FinWright’s partners, office manager, staff, and clients—including setting up appointments, conference calls, and more. Tara absolutely enjoys working with the clients and meeting deadlines. Because Tara is the first point of contact for AB FinWright’s clients, she makes it her goal to make the client experience smooth, speedy, and enjoyable.

When she’s not busy with work, Tara spends her free time enjoying nature while taking long hikes and bike rides. She also loves cooking and trying out new recipes. As someone who is from England, Tara is a huge fan of The Kominsky Method and its extra-dry, British humor. She’s also a mean pool player (which she says also comes with growing up British)!

Angelica Islas

Angelica joined our team in 2020 in an internally-focused role developing controls and processes that strengthen and grow our business. An optimistic and team-oriented player, she is passionate about working with the partners to grow the business and enjoys mentoring her team to develop to their fullest potential.

Previously Angelica was a senior accountant in a manufacturing business. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business, Business Administration, and Management from California State University-San Bernardino and is prepping to take the Uniform CPA Examination® to obtain her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

Outside of work, Angelica loves to spend time with her daughter and travel with her family. She is talented in the kitchen and prepares awesome Mexican dishes! Angelica enjoys sewing, volunteers with her local social group and is a huge fan of Law and Order: SVU.