Accounting & Business Tax
About: Margaret has been a CPA for over 20 years. While she started her career in public accounting, she quickly moved into the corporate world holding positions at Deloitte, WildBrain (animation studio) and THX. This "real world" experience gives Margaret a unique perspective when working with her clients. She has also shared her experience with entrepreneurs via 14 Week Business Class at Renaissance Center.
Affiliations: Member of CalCPA, Co-Chair of East Bay Chapter Managing your Accounting Practice, Board Member of CalCPA East Bay Chapter.
Hobbies: Travel and home improvement (she is currently looking for house number seven).
Life Goals: Return to Kruger National Park, South Africa and build a house from the ground up.
Client Experience Manager
Individual, Business & Estate Tax
About: I am an articulate, compassionate, personable professional with over 25 years of experience in both Human Development and Business Administration. My background as the Executive Director of a non-profit combined with bookkeeping and administrative assistant roles over the years make me a perfect fit for Schopp & Co. I have an excellent eye for detail and an ability to genuinely connect with everyone I encounter. Challenges that require creative problem solving and thinking outside the box are what motivate me both personally and professionally. I enjoy getting to know our clients and putting the human touch to tax preparation.
Hobbies: wine tasting, trying new restaurants, enjoying her cabin by the Russian River and enjoying my 3 teens while I still can.
Life Goals: Opening a Bed & Breakfast (with a wine tasting happy hour) near the Russian River. “My friends call me “snacks” and I’m Italian - what do you expect!?”
Financial Business Analyst
About: It all started when she was 12 - Marina wanted a clothing empire. "I tried to talk my Mom into joining me in a clothing business - she wanted no part of it, but it did start my love with business and getting them going." She has come a long way since then; hospitality management in Switzerland, operating a profitable start-up restaurant, getting an MBA in The City, and working in a CPA firm preparing tax returns. Marina moved to the Bay Area seven years ago to pursue her MBA degree. Four years later after working in a CPA firm, she helped Margaret to launch Legal Thrive because there is more to life than just a tax return. Her passion is to help business owners to understand financial data and to improve their firm’s operations by drawing upon technology. In addition that entrepreneurial mindset that she has had since she was 12 helps to ignite that same spirit in firm partners.
Hobbies: World traveling, boxing and snowboarding.
Life Goals: Start a wine-making family business somewhere in France.