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.
Our Trusted Advisors
Simon Menkes, CPA
Simon Menkes, CPA, is a Trusted Advisor at AB FinWright LLP whose expertise spans many industries, but with a specialty in technology, finance, construction, retail, real estate, and cannabis. A seasoned veteran with two decades of accounting experience, he provides clients wise counsel and trustworthy guidance to grow their businesses and achieve their goals.
Previously Simon was a controller and senior accountant for various businesses in a range of industries, including real estate, property management, technology and financial services. Responsibilities included 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 and a mediator certified by the National Conflict Resolution Center. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA).
Simon spends his free time practicing karate, surfing waves, or dancing. He has also 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.
Sasha Mamula-Elkins, MBA, MSP, SHRM-CP
With over 13 years in business consulting and seven years directly in HR outsourcing in California, Sasha understands the unique challenges of small and medium-sized businesses. Currently, Sasha is President of an HR outsourcing firm focused on small businesses and, as an employer, has experienced the same issues with hiring, retaining, engaging, and managing a workforce her business clients face. She does not just consult on theory, she consults on law knowledge, knowledge of psychology, and from experience. She also serves as Membership Director on the BOD for her local SHRM chapter.
While working full time, she earned her MBA in 2010 and her Master of Science in Psychology in 2013, both which further strengthen her skill set as she approaches HR from both a business and psychological perspective. In addition, she is certified in Human Capital Management through ADP, certified as an HR Professional through SHRM, certified in California HR, certified in OSHA for HR, and IIPP writing.
Our Tax and Compliance Team
Rhonda (Roni) Ryckman, CPA
Roni Ryckman began in her career in the “Big 4” working at KMPG Peat Marwick. She worked her way through college as a bookkeeper while also learning Tax Preparation. After a couple years, Roni transitioned into private practice as it became more fulfilling. Working with small/medium size businesses became Roni’s passion as she became skilled at best practices, workflow and set-up and training bookkeeping staff. Roni graduated from San Diego State University and enjoyed the community so much she decided to establish San Diego as her home base with her family. She has specialized in the construction industry for most of her 2 decades of practice but has branched out into other areas as well following the demands of other industries. She loves a challenge and has never met a set of books she could not “fix”. Roni loves to travel with her children, most often abroad including Italy where her family originated. She was a musician long before an accountant and loves to write and perform music whenever time allows.
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.
Our Client Accounting Service (CAS) Team
As an administrative coordinator with over 10 years of experience in the accounting field, Grace acts as a liaison between the firm and clients. With her bachelor’s in Foreign Trade & Transportation from Shanghai Maritime University and further studies at Langara College in Canada, she has refined her knowledge of taxes and accounting throughout her academic and professional career. She is detail-oriented and passionate about tax planning and preparation, with AB FinWright supporting her future prospects of exploring the tax landscape more deeply. Committed to clients and the team alike, Grace applies the feedback she receives to her work and is constantly growing alongside the firm.
Monica earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree from Mapua University in Makati, Philippines. She became a Certified Financial Market Professional (CFMP) in 2017 to become knowledgeable and gain understanding of securities in the Capital Market.
Monica’s previous experience includes working with other international businesses providing accounting, payroll, audit, and tax compliance services. With her extensive experience in full cycle accounting, she has recently joined the CAS team to provide a high quality level of service to our clients.
Outside of work, Monica loves to watch movies and various television series. She also likes to travel and try adventurous activities like skydiving and bungee jumping.
Lynn is a trusted Accounting Consultant at AB FinWright LLP. With close to 30 years of experience in full cycle Accounting and operational support in a myriad of industries including the fitness, software, and cannabis industries and held positions from staff level through the Controller role. She is passionate about creating/improving process efficiencies that impact company productivity and growth. Lynn earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University. During her career, Lynn gained invaluable public and private accounting experience working for Sizzler Restaurants Inc., RSM McGladrey, Bally Total Fitness Inc. and Crunch Fitness. Her most recent experience was working for Intuit within their corporate accounting department. In her free time, Lynn loves to travel and explore new places with her daughter and husband as well soak up the sun anytime she’s able.
Our Human Resource and Administrative Team
Tara joined the team in 2018 and is the master of her craft acting as the key liaison for our partners & staff. She leads management across the LA office as the first point of contact with our clients in all matters, providing smooth, speedy, and hospitable service at all times.
Previously she gained many years of expertise in sales and event planning for Trade Shows and Conventions with clients including Acura, Cosmopolitan, Coca Cola and many others. Tara also garnered many years of experience across the entertainment industry in a variety of roles with Fox Studios, Warner Bros and Disney.
Free time for Tara is spent enjoying nature with long hikes and bike rides. She also loves cooking and trying out new recipes and is a powerhouse at playing pool. Being from England, Tara is a huge fan of The Kominsky Method and its extra-dry, British humor.
Tina Suarez is a Human Resource Manager with over 20 years of experience in all areas of human resource management for California based and multistate businesses. Skilled in strategic planning and analysis, implementing HRIS technology solutions, employee and contractor relations, payroll and timekeeping processing, performance management, recruiting and retention practices as well as regulatory compliance. She is also strongly experienced in developing and implementing company policies, conducting workplace investigations, payroll and benefits administrator, and workers compensation, creating job descriptions and developing complex compensation programs. On her free time Tina enjoys spending time with friends and family in camping on the central coast of California and taking her quad out for riding at the Dumont Dunes.
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.