JANUARY 19, 2016 (GLENDORA, CA) – Linda Saddlemire, CPA/CFF, CFE, Ed.D., and the first female Managing Partner/CEO at Vicenti, has been selected for the cover of the January/February 2016 issue of California CPA Magazine for her featured article, “At Your Service: Four Strategies to Engage in Corporate Social Responsibility.” California CPA Magazine is the official publication of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, comprising over 40,000 members across the state.
According to the Los Angeles Business Journal 2015 Accounting Firms List, Saddlemire is one of only three women who serve as Managing Partners in the top 100 Los Angeles County CPA firms. Saddlemire was named Managing Partner/CEO of Vicenti on January 1, 2015. She is the first female Managing Partner of the firm, although Vicenti has had strong female leadership since its founding in 1953, which is uncommon in the accounting industry. Four of the firm’s nine current partners are women, and both Saddlemire and Partner Emerita Mary Ann Quay have served as Co-Managing partners for the firm. With more than 70 employees, Vicenti is considered by the California Society of CPAs as one of the top 50 firms in California and by the AICPA as one of the top 500 firms nationwide.
Saddlemire completed her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne in May of 2015. Her article in California CPA Magazine shares research taken directly from her dissertation, which studied common community engagement strategies used by U.S. small and midsized public accounting firms. This research was unique in its focus on CPA firms and was unknown prior to Saddlemire’s study. It has already proven to be extremely valuable to the accounting profession, demonstrated by this article as well as an upcoming presentation at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Practitioners Symposium and Tech Conference in June of 2016.
“I’ve always had a strong belief that businesses play an important role in bettering society, both socially and environmentally,” Saddlemire said. “It was an honor to learn about the strategies used by firms aiming to meet that objective.” For more information regarding Saddlemire’s research, visit ProQuest, or view the full dissertation on VLS’ website here.
Saddlemire is a pioneer for more than just her research—she has been innovating since she first joined Vicenti in 1982. During her more than 30 years of service, Saddlemire built two of the firm’s core service groups—school district audits and fraud investigation—as well as an award-winning public service committee, which intensified her passion for corporate social responsibility and helped lead her toward her doctoral research.
Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman LLP is a full service accounting and business consulting firm with offices in Glendora and Los Angeles. Vicenti was recently selected as one of the “Best Places to Work” for 2015 by the Los Angeles Business Journal. For over 60 years, Vicenti has worked with individuals and companies throughout California to provide tax, accounting, audit, fraud investigation and business valuation services. Business clients include manufacturing, distribution, escrow and title, construction contractors, and professional services. Governmental institutions served include community colleges, local education agencies, joint power authorities, and water districts. Vicenti also serves a wide range of not-for-profit entities, including foundations, charter schools, private colleges and universities, private K-12 schools, continuing care retirement communities, social services, and trade associations. For more information, call (626) 857-7300 or visit www.vicenticpas.com.