David E. Adams

Shareholder and Assurance Department Chair



Dave Adams recalls the way his father ran a small business back when Dave was a kid, from the sacrifices he made to support their family, to the flexibility that came as a small business owner. “No matter how hard my dad worked, he always made sure there was time to go camping. That’s something I take to heart when I’m working with those same kinds of clients. They’re in business to be successful, but also because they want to live a certain type of life. I’m honored to help them do it.”

In helping others achieve the flexibility they want, Dave also enjoys the flexibility that comes with working at Geffen Mesher, beginning with the ability to understand clients’ tax needs while still managing the audit department. “The way the firm is set up gives people plenty of opportunities to try new things. You don’t get bored here.” The firm also provides Dave with the opportunity to honor the same “family-first” ideals he grew up around. “I may have been the world’s worst girls’ soccer coach, but I enjoyed every minute of being there for my daughter and her teammates. And the same goes with being a scoutmaster for my son’s Cub Scout troop. Those are the most important decisions a father can make.” He and his family like to get away to the Oregon Coast for hikes and walks along the beach.

Professional Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, Past Board Member

Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Committee Member and Past Treasurer

DFK International USA, Past Audit & Accounting Committee Chair


Kidspire International, Treasurer and Board Member
Boy Scouts of America, Unit Treasurer
American Red Cross, Past Board Member
Awana Clubs International, Past Small Group Leader
Oregon Children’s Theatre, Past Treasurer
Rivergrove Water District, Past Commissioner
Willamette United Soccer Club, Past Youth Soccer Coach



Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, California State University, Sacramento, 1990
Certified Public Accountant, Oregon

Key To Success

“Do the right thing, regardless of whether anyone else is watching.”


Financial reporting

Internal controls

Overhead audits

Government overhead rates

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