“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”
Working at TGG is unlike working at any other accounting company. Each person is given the opportunity for leadership. Not only the opportunity, but the support and framework for them to succeed in their career. From interns to CFOs, we coach our team members based on their innate personality characteristics as identified using the Predictive Index assessment.
It takes focus, dedication and work to move up through the ranks at any company. At TGG, we have moved people up from intern to CFO in under 10 years more than once and guided innumerable accountants into the area in which they are most successful.
Every client of ours is assigned a dedicated team of 4 accounting specialists: A Staff Accountant, an Accounting Manager, a Controller and a CFO. With the financial leadership and accurate reporting that these teams provide, we see companies succeed and thrive time and time again.
Matt Garrett is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TGG. For over 20 years he has focused his career on the development of small business, personal finance and advanced tax and compensation issues. As a serial entrepreneur, Matt has founded and sold a number of businesses. He started his first business in college while attending Vanderbilt University and built and sold a couple more after that time. Calling on his own experience as a business owner and his desire to reduce the business failure rate, he founded TGG Accounting in 2006 to provide small to medium size businesses the vital financial infrastructure they need to succeed.
Matt is a regular speaker across the country on behalf of Vistage educating business owners on the need for sound financial practices, and is Vice President of the Board of Directors of FINACA. Under Matt’s leadership, TGG has received the following recognition: INC. 5000 top companies in the U.S. five years in a row; one of “San Diego’s Fastest Growing Companies” the past four years; and is among San Diego’s “Best Places to Work.”
Andrew is TGG’s President & CFO as well as a Consulting CFO for clients. As a co-founder, he is instrumental in all aspects of the business from growing TGG client businesses and shaping their client experience to building the TGG team. This is a direct result of his ability to relate with entrepreneurs and business executives with similar experiences.
Prior to joining TGG, Andrew served as Controller and Budget Officer in the Marine Corps with responsibility for annual operating budgets in excess of $125 million per year. Andrew received his B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated second in command of the Brigade of Midshipmen. He is a recipient of two Navy Commendation Medals, and holds the following professional designations: QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, an Accredited Investor Fiduciary (AIF), Life, Health and Property & Casualty insurance licenses (not active) in California and Series 7/65 (not active). Andrew has also earned a Professional Certificate in Accounting from the University of California, San Diego.
Robert Rodrigues is TGG’s COO. Prior to joining TGG, Rob was the Founder/COO/CFO of Power Digital Marketing, a tech-enabled digital marketing agency. He specializes in executive management, internet marketing, employee empowerment and sales leadership with decades of experience scaling revenue and profit for industry leading organizations.
As COO/CFO of Power Digital Marketing, he helped scale the employee base from a team of three to 150+ employees with bi-coastal offices. Rob has been well recognized and respected for his passion, creativity and unwavering commitment to mentoring and building up his team. He has also been nationally recognized for his creativity and data-driven approach to scaling the Power Digital product offering and rapidly growing the organization’s value. Rob earned his Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management from the University of Arizona.
Javier serves as one of TGG’s Managing Directors and supports TGG’s clients and employees. As a Managing Director, Javier seizes the opportunity to assist business owners in achieving their financial goals. He is passionate about problem solving and developing tailored solutions to complex problems. Javier’s previous experience includes running his own accounting practice for 8 years as well as being an Accounting Manager for a CPA firm where he gained experience in several unique industries such as restaurants, manufacturing and construction.
Javier earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.
Bonnie Howard is a Consulting CFO with TGG. Over the last 11 years, Bonnie has worked with over 50 publicly traded and private companies as an Auditor and Consultant, primarily serving in the Healthcare – Provider, Retail/Manufacturing and Professional Services industries. Her experience prior to TGG includes working in Public Accounting as an Audit Manager at one of the Big Four accounting organizations for 7 years providing audits of financial statements and internal controls over financial reporting for public and private entities. Based on her experience, Bonnie is knowledgeable in US GAAP, managerial accounting, financial statement analysis, internal controls and process documentation.
Bonnie earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she is a licensed CPA since 2011.
As a Consulting CFO at TGG, Bruce is accountable for building relationships with clients, understanding their goals and giving them the information they need to achieve them. At TGG, Bruce has been successful at managing multiple clients and other members of his TGG team in a variety of industries including professional services, technology, software and real estate to name a few.
Prior to working at TGG, Bruce worked as a Consultant in the financial industry where he provided professional accounting services to businesses and individuals, including tax preparation, balance sheet clean-up, general ledger account set-ups, and bookkeeping. He also worked as a Controller in the health care industry where he adeptly managed all aspects of planning, tracking, analysis, quarterly and annual reporting, and revenue recognition for a company realizing more than $55 million in annual sales. Bruce also staffed and trained a new finance department consisting of six direct reports, and developed, implemented and monitored accounting policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with GAAP, Federal, State and Local regulations.
Bruce received a Master of Accountancy from National University in San Diego, CA. He also has a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from Indiana University in South Bend, IN. Bruce is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), registered California Tax Preparer, and Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor.
Janine Smith is a Consulting CFO with TGG. During her years at TGG, Janine has had the opportunity to work with clients across a spectrum of industries and lifecycles, including pre-revenue, start-ups, nonprofits, manufacturing, professional services and software. Janine has a wealth of experience in accounting process development and management, supervising both TGG staff and client’s internal staff (banking, AR, AP, inventory management, payroll), and working with many different types of accounting software. She has worked with clients to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that fit their current needs and coached them to support the goals of the business. One of her favorite tasks is budget development and using that as a tool to help organizations meet their goals.
Janine started her career at TGG as an Accounting Assistant. Her ability to connect with people and provide mentorship has helped her build relationships and grow her career into the Assistant CFO role. Janine earned her bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting and Finance from Covenant College and her master’s degree in Accountancy from San Diego State University.
Sarah Lamond is a Consulting CFO with TGG. She focuses on improving company’s operating performance through strategic analysis of financial and other operating data. Sarah has worked with clients across many industries including construction, medical, entertainment and professional services among others.
Sarah initially joined TGG as an Accounting Manager before earning several promotions over the years to become a CFO. In her time with TGG, she has been able to build relationships, mentor others and support her clients through financial guidance which has all led to this advancement in her career. As a CFO, Sarah is responsible for developing financial and operational strategies as well as relying on metrics to maintain or improve business performance along with building relationships with clients. Her goal is to drive revenue and profitability for her clients while still providing insight, guidance, financial foresight and industry experience.
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. In her spare time, she enjoys lots of skiing in the winter, water sports in the summer and croquet matches in the spring and fall. She loves doing all of these things in the company of her friends and family.
Eric Carter is the Director of Product with TGG. He is focused on innovating the company’s core financial package technology for small-to-medium sized businesses and scaling the company’s internal operations and management systems.
Eric has more than 20 years combined experience in both capital markets and technology. Most recently, Eric worked as a consultant for a Fortune 50 technology company helping to deploy a new global asset leasing application. Prior to this role, Eric spent six years as a founding employee of a healthcare technology platform used by doctors to improve patient health through blood testing and personalized analysis. Before pivoting to technology, Eric spent 12 years in asset management, most recently co-managing an investment fund, performing a wide range of quantitative and qualitative financial research, risk management, and interviewing hundreds of C-Suite executives.
Eric earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Management from the University of California, Riverside. Eric also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2010.