Client Referrals

MICHAEL R. CIESLA, CPA MBA

26 Parkview Drive
South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 222-7599
mrciesla@gmail.com

February 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

Sara Firestone and I have worked on a mutual client for the past eight months.  During that time I have gotten to know a lot about Sara's accounting abilities.  She starts every day and every new project with a real can-do attitude.  Our work together consisted of performing an accounting software conversion, setting up this new software to properly account for and track inventory items through the manufacturing process and cleaning up and organizing a historical set of accounting records.

The work detailed above was virtually all performed by Sara at the clients location because we had a somewhat unique working relationship, that being, that during this entire period we only worked together face-to-face on one occasion.  The rest of the time we worked nine hundred miles apart.  While this separation could have been an obstacle, it wasn't.  The reason it wasn't was because of the extraordinary communication skills Sara possesses.  Whether over the phone, via email or in the spreadsheets Sara created she was always able to get her point across.

Sara is a very detail oriented individual whose work can be trusted.  Not only will Sara be able to provide you with very accurate information, she will also be able to answer any questions you may have, often anticipating them in advance.  Besides her accounting skills, I would be remiss if I did not mention her skills and knowledge as they relate to the Quickbooks accounting software program for which she holds the status of ProAdvisor.  When I have Quickbooks questions, Sara is now the person I call.

Because of the skills detailed above and others too numerous to mention, I can confidently recommend without reservation Sara Firestone for any bookkeeping or accounting related projects you may have.  Please feel free to contact me at the phone number or email address listed above if you have any specific questions you would like answered.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Ciesla


To :         Those considering working with Sara Firestone

From:    Jason Sweatt,  Elliott Davis, LLC

I have worked with Sara in my capacity as a tax consultant for the same company that Sara has been working with to perform accounting, tax and incentives work.   I have found that Sara is very pleasant to work with.  She is thorough and has dealt with the most mundane to the many complex issues.  Sara understands the accounting and the impacts outside of accounting of the transactions that the company has been working with.  She has a better understanding of the complicated federal excise tax credits than many expert consultants I have dealt with.  These credits require an understanding of complicated formulas, mixes of fuels, purchases made within certain limitations, and understanding of end user issues.  Sara gained an understanding of the credits and developed relationships with IRS personnel to be sure that the company received optimum credit levels and did not accidentally change procedures that might jeopardize the credits.  She also understood the important compliance procedures to obtain the credit benefits as soon as possible.  The ability to understand the credits demonstrates an ability to handle many complex business issues.

I hope that I will have the opportunity to work with Sara in the future.
Jason C. Sweatt
jsweatt@elliottdavis.com


Jason C. Sweatt, CPA, Shareholder                             
Elliott Davis, 200 East Broad Street,  P.O. Box 6286, Greenville, SC 29606-6286
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