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Sean Brady, CPA
Sean is the General Manager of DMS. He has been in public accounting since 2010 and earned his CPA in 2011. Sean has a broad range of experiences including auditing, general ledger accounting, tax preparation and tax planning for closely held businesses. His industries of focus are manufacturing and real estate and he has expertise in general ledger accounting, financial reporting, inventory and being a versatile problem solver. Sean prefers to focus his efforts on helping businesses prepare for what is coming - whether it be accounting- and operations-related, tax planning, or longer term business growth or succession planning.
Outside of work Sean enjoys spending time with his family and friends, swimming, walking his dog, traveling, and riding his motorcycle.
Maria is the Chief Onboarding Officer at DMS and has more than 20 years of experience in general accounting. She specializes in multiple accounting packages with a strong working knowledge of QuickBooks, as evidenced by her QuickBooks ProAdvisor designation.
Her extensive experience enables her to provide a seamless transition to QuickBooks based on the client’s specific industry. Maria is also able to work with clients to enhance utilization of an existing QuickBooks installation.
Her clients include a wide range of small businesses with a focus on legal services, retail sales operations, and manufacturing companies. Her knowledge of company operations allows her to collaborate with the client’s management team on forecasting, tax planning, and asset management.
Maria earned her degree from Miami University of Ohio. Maria donates her expertise to non-profit organizations by helping with their 501( c )(3) applications. She enjoys her free time with her family in Vermilion, OH.
Mike De Stefano
Mike is a co-founder of DMS. Mike began his career over 30 years ago with a large public accounting firm and then transitioned to positions as accounting manager or controller in small, medium-size and large firms. His diverse experience solidified his enthusiasm for helping small businesses in the areas of accounting, finance and human resources. Through DMS, Mike achieved his goal of providing corporate-level experience and services at rates that a small business can readily afford.
Mike is passionate about providing practical, cost-effective solutions to business owners and takes immense personal pride in growing his clients’ success. Positively affecting the bottom-line for his customers provides challenges and personal satisfaction well beyond working for larger corporations. Mike has experience in retail, service, architectural, engineering, real estate and medical fields.
Mike is a 1980 cum laude graduate of Cleveland State University and is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio. He is a diehard sports enthusiast and resides with his wife Susan in Highland Heights.
Robert Wallish, CPA
Bob is a DMS Financial Analyst with over 10 years of experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from John Carroll University. As a CPA, Bob has a wide range of experience, including an extensive background in Corporate Taxation and Financial Accounting. He has focused on financial statement preparation and review, business combinations and acquisitions and federal, state and local taxation. He is detail oriented and a problem solver who likes to work in a team setting to achieve the best results.
Bob lives in North Royalton with his wife and their son and daughter. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and golfing with his father and brother.
Laura is a DMS Senior Accounting Manager with over 30 years of experience in general accounting. Her expertise includes financial statement preparation, budgeting, cash forecasts, account reconciliation and analysis, payroll processing, intercompany reconciliation, sales tax, accounts payable and accounts receivable.
Laura has worked in a wide range of industries which include Automotive Manufacturing, Environmental, Wind Power, Software/EDI Development and Plastics Manufacturing. She has worked for companies in both the Cleveland area and the East Bay area of California.
Laura earned her accounting degree from Cleveland State University and lives in Garfield Heights with her husband Vince and children, Andrew and Alyssa.
Ralph Fairchild CPA, CVA
Ralph is a Senior Accounting Manager with over 30 years of experience in both public and private sector accounting as a Certified Public Accountant. He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst.
Ralph’s experience includes financial statement preparation and analysis, account reconciliation, and budget analysis and variance investigation. Between private sector and public accounting, he has worked with real estate, construction, manufacturing, service, and distribution companies.
Ralph received his accounting degree from Kent State University and lives in Strongsville. He has two sons, one of whom is pursuing a boxing career, and the other attends Bowling Green University. Ralph is an avid sports fan, especially the Browns - and rarely misses a home game.
Lisa is a DMS Accounting Manager with 15 years of experience in accounting for small to medium-sized businesses. She has associate degrees in Business and Accounting obtained through Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron.
While working in a small public accounting firm she was exposed to a diverse clientele and became proficient in a number of different industries as well as programs such as Sage, Microsoft Office, Thomson Reuters Suite, Lacerte, and QuickBooks - as evidenced by her QuickBooks ProAdvisor designation.
Her skills include bookkeeping, financial statement preparation, payroll processing, trial balance analysis, auditing experience, small business startup, and tax preparation for individuals and businesses.
Lisa resides in Lorain and in her free time enjoys running and catching up with family and friends.
Val is the Office and Marketing Manager at DMS. Val is an experienced office administrator & marketing professional and has worked for small independent businesses, non-profit organizations, and several regional/national corporations. Her skills include Microsoft Office, database administration, event planning, business communications, WordPress, and social media.
Prior to DMS, Val worked in payroll, human resources, and financial systems implementation and management. The consistent theme through Val’s professional experience is her ability to serve the needs of the organization and its clients with an emphasis on superior customer service.
Val has a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She lives in Fairview Park with her husband Dave and enjoys spending time with their four children.
Denise has 25 years of accounting experience working with companies ranging in size from small family businesses to larger Fortune 500 companies. She has been a company Controller with experience managing accounting, human resources, administrative, and IT departments, and can assist clients with issues in many diverse business areas. Denise has experience in payroll processing and Workers Compensation, and specializes in process improvement. She has managed software integrations and has experience working with Intuit QuickBooks, Sage/MAS90, Microsoft Dynamics, and Solomon software products.
Denise enjoys spending time with her son who attends Brunswick High School and her daughter who is a student at The Ohio State University.
Samantha has over 25 years accounting experience working with companies in many different industries varying from family owned businesses, law firms, and professional sports teams. She has been a company Controller with experience managing Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll. She has a strong background in IT Managed Services and varying Human Resource functions. Samantha has a Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University.
Samantha lives in Avon Lake and enjoys reading, music, the outdoors and spending time with her sons, Nicholas and Noah.
Kristen is a DMS Accounting Manager with over 8 years of experience in financial accounting. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting degree from Ohio University. Kristen has a variety of experience within multiple industries with companies that are just starting off to larger, more established companies. She has a focus in full-cycle accounting with an emphasis on financial statement preparation and budgeting/forecasting. Kristen enjoys getting to know her clients and helping them find efficient ways to streamline their accounting processes for future success. Kristen is proficient with multiple accounting software programs as well as Microsoft Office.
Kristen has a passion for enhancing her growth through professional development and is finishing up her MBA with plans to sit for her CPA and CMA professional certifications. Kristen grew up in Rocky River and currently resides in Lakewood with her two dogs, Max and Amelia. She enjoys spending her time with her identical twin sister and family, as well as running with her pups down in the Metroparks.
Linda brings to DMS over 30 years of experience in general accounting and office administration including financial statement preparation, sales analysis, accounts payable & receivable, account reconciliations and payroll. She has managed the books for a corporate headquarters with over 35 unique and diverse locations and has collaborated with senior executives to develop business plans.
Linda is a detail-oriented and conscientious self-starter who is able to strategize and prioritize effectively. She has extensive experience with QuickBooks and Excel.
Linda lives in Parma. She enjoys traveling with her husband Rick and spending time with her family.
Brandy is a Staff Accountant at DMS with more than 5 years of accounting experience. Brandy began her accounting career at a Construction and Real Estate company where she gained experience with accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger accounting, construction accounting, and property management accounting. She has extensive knowledge of Sage 300 CRE, TimberScan, and Office Connector, and is also very familiar with QuickBooks Desktop and BNA Fixed Assets Web. Brandy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Hiram College.
Brandy currently resides in Fairview Park with her fiancé Michael and their two cats. Brandy spends her free time hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks and backpacking in the neighboring states.
Casey is a DMS Staff Accountant with over 7 years of accounting experience including financial statement preparation, account reconciliation, accounts payable and general ledger experience. He has a unique background in accounting having worked in various industries including technology distribution, non-profit, home construction and bakeries. Casey earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Hiram College.
Casey lives in Sheffield Lake with his wife, Carla, and beagle, Princess Leia, and enjoys fishing and theatre.