Background

When Preston and his wife decided to relocate from Texas to Portland in 2010, one of his primary goals was to find a firm dedicated to the automotive industry so he could to continue working with an industry he is passionate about. “Any move is a big deal, whether you’re moving to a new city or changing firms. I was doing both, and I’m happy with where I landed.” While the majority of his career has been in public accounting, Preston also spent four years as a controller in the automotive industry. “Geffen Mesher quickly became a new home, especially since I was able to jump right into working with auto dealership clients. What quickly impressed me was just how deep the firm’s roots were in the industry, and how excited they were to have my expertise.”

Preston has continued to expand his focus areas within the firm, most recently in the realm of forensic accounting. “We do a lot to help prevent fraud, regardless of the industry. Having a proactive outlook really benefits clients, and is a big part of my reason for wanting to work in that area.” Out of the office, Preston and his wife enjoy spending time with their young sons, exploring the Portland area’s restaurants—they’re always on the lookout for good Tex-Mex—and, depending on the season, head to Mt. Hood for a few snowboard runs. Preston also volunteers his time with a number of community organizations, including Joni and Friends, which supports kids and adults with disabilities.

Professional Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, Coaching Program for Students

Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, Coaching Program

Auto Team America

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Joni and Friends Disability Ministry, Board Member and Volunteer at Family Camps

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration, Baylor University, 1992
Certified Public Accountant, Oregon

Key To Success

“It’s important to be able to shift your perspective between the big picture and the minutia. When you look from the top, examine how the big picture came into being; starting with the details, look at what they’re building toward.”

SPECIALIZATIONS

Corporate and partnership taxation

Payroll compliance and taxation

State and local taxation

Real estate and family entities

Accounting controls and processes consulting

Industry Expertise

Dealer Services