MEET OUR TEAM
IN THIS SECTION:
ProActive Advisors, Inc. is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm licensed in CA. All our CPA’s hold valid CA State CPA Certificates.
Meet Our Professional Team:
Ben Lawler, CPA, Attorney*
Ben Lawler is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), as well as the founder and President of ProActive Advisors, Inc. Through his CPA practice and greater than 20 years of experience, Mr. Lawler has advised well over 250 business entities and helped over one thousand individuals in strategic, financial, and tax planning.
Mr. Lawler is admitted and licensed to practice as an Attorney in Washington, D.C. and the United States Tax Court, has received a Certificate in mediation, and is also a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to his accounting and legal background, he is also a Financial Planner. Mr. Lawler holds a Series 7 license through LPL Financial. Mr. Lawler also holds a Series 66 license through LPL Financial and Perennial Investment Advisors; which covers investment analysis, recommendations and strategies, ethics, and legal guidelines. (1)
His expertise includes: strategic, financial and tax planning, as well as assisting clients in minimizing legitimate tax liabilities. He solves complex financial problems that lie at the intersection of finance, tax, and business. Mr. Lawler is also experienced in handling company mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.
His clients include high net worth individuals, start-up to large companies, entertainment, technology, professional services, retail, wholesale, and real estate. Mr. Lawler’s commitment to excellence and comprehensive approach to problem solving has enabled him to develop strong relationships with his diverse clientele. Clients value his objective and logical advice on matters relating to financial decisions and tax implications that help them pursue their financial goals.
*Any legal services provided by Mr. Lawler are by separate arrangement with Lawler & Lawler Law Firm, LLP
*Mr. Lawler is licensed to practice as an Attorney in Washington, D.C.
*Mr. Lawler is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.
Candace Verdugo, CPA
Candace Verdugo is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive background in providing financial services including Audits, Reviews, and Compiled financial statements for manufacturing, wholesale and retail companies. Candace is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the California Society of Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Candace is also a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from California State University.
Kiran Prema, CPA
Kiran Prema is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 15 years of experience in the Accounting Industry including previous roles as an auditor for Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Financial Reporting Manager at McDonald’s Global Headquarters. Kiran is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the California Society of Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kiran is also an Advanced Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor. Kiran earned her Business Degree from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance.
Orly Ahrony-Lawler, Attorney*
Mrs. Orly Lawler is an Attorney and is licensed to practice in the Central, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of California. Furthermore, she is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California.
Mrs. Lawler has appeared on the KTLA Channel 5 Morning News. She also serves as a legal commentator for the LawNewz network and provides input on high profile cases.
On her free time, Mrs. Lawler serves a guest lecturer at the UWLA Law School teaching students about the appellate process.
In 2008, Mrs. Lawler graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from California State University, Northridge. She then received a Juris Doctor in 2011 from the California Western School of Law. While attending law school, Mrs. Lawler served as an intern for the California Innocence Project, aiding the wrongfully convicted.
Mrs. Lawler also volunteered as a legal clerk for the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. where she assisted federal agents with investigating medical universities who were misappropriating government funds. These events built the foundation that shaped her successful career today.
Fluent in Hebrew, Farsi, and Spanish, Mrs. Lawler assists people from all walks of life. Weighing their needs against the legal remedies available, she is able to construct an argument that targets a favorable outcome.
*Any legal services provided by Mrs. Lawler are by separate arrangement with Lawler & Lawler Law Firm, LLP
Amy Fasciglione has over 20 years of experience working in the financial world. She had the privilege to work for several businesses across many industries, including restaurants, medical offices, constructions companies, manufacturing, packaging, and car dealerships. Ms. Fasciglione also has managerial and human resource experience. She is proficient in QuickBooks and is also a full charge bookkeeper. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter watching old eighties movies.
Teri San Mateo, Financial Account Manager
Teresita San Mateo has over 16 years of business management, financial statement analyses and year end compilation of documents for C.P.A. firms. She earned a dual Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and finance, and Human Resource Management, from American InterContinental University. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, proficient in various ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics, MAS90 and Blackbaud CRM system, and various tax software such as LaCerte, Proseries, and Drake.
Teresita’s accounting career began in a manufacturing company and went on to work with a public firm where she gained experience in many types of industries such as wholesale, retail, dental offices, real estate brokerage and property management.
Arman Khoshnood, Attorney*
Arman Khoshnood is an Attorney and General Counsel for ProActive Advisors, Incorporated. Mr. Khoshnood is an experienced business lawyer who represent clients in Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County.
Mr. Khoshnood’s diverse practice involves representation at all stages of litigation, including pre-lawsuit analysis and negotiations for consumer, business, and transactional disputes, as well as mediations, arbitrations, and court trials.
Mr. Khoshnood has litigated disputes arising out of breach of contract, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair business practices, as well as partnership and shareholder disputes. Mr. Khoshnood also specializes in estate and business planning, asset protection, business transactions, and corporate governance and compliance.
*Any legal services provided by Mr. Khoshnood are by separate arrangement with AKPC Law
(1) Ben Lawler is a registered representative with and securities offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC. IInvestment Advice offered through Perennial Investment Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Perennial Investment Advisors and Perennial Financial Services are separate entities from LPL Financial. ProActive Advisors, Inc. is not affiliated with nor endorsed by LPL Financial, Perennial Financial Services or Perennial Investment Advisors. For a list of states in which I am are registered to perform securities business, please visit www.perennialfs.com