Our Team

Our Team of Experts

Yo Ah'zzma, CPA

Yo Ah'zzma, CPA

Managing Partner

Professional Experience

Yo began his audit career at a Tribal Audit Firm with offices in Utah and Montana. Here he specialized in single audit, traveling to reservations 70% of the time, learning the special issues that Tribes face by being directly on the reservation, interacting with the community. As a staff, helped to create a elearning platform, where users can take classes and receive certificates issued by the CPA firm online, which was awarded Casino Journal’s “Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products for 2013”.

Yo was then recruited by Moss Adams LLP, a much larger audit firm in their Tribal Government Audit group. He audited their smallest tribal clients to their largest tribal clients, audited hundreds of federal programs, and drafted their most complex financial statements.

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Licensed Attorney, Tulalip Tribal Courts
  • Honorary Member, Mdewakanton Dakota Community

Education

  • BA, Accounting, University of Utah
  • Masters in Accounting, Weber State University

 

Maria Rowley, CPA, MBA

Maria Rowley, CPA, MBA

Partner

Professional Experience

Maria has more than 15 years’ experience in accounting, auditing, and finance. She has been working in fast-growing companies both in private sector and non-profit organizations in major roles as Controller, Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer.  Throughout Maria’s career, she has been involved with financial statement preparation and consolidation, financial analysis and reporting, budgeting and forecasting, accounting system and internal control implementation, and external and internal auditing. She has in-depth knowledge of loan receivables, cash, investments and will manage the Tribe’s financial statement audit with a focus on not just getting through the audit, but making recommendations as well.

Having vast experience and extensive knowledge in accounting, auditing, and finance, Maria is able to provide insight into innovative and cost-effective solutions to improve operational processes, internal control, and procedures. By identifying and applying uniquely tailored solutions, Maria enables decision makers and respected leaders to have the financial information needed to make impactful decisions for stakeholders. Listening to the clients in order to understand their concerns and needs is a trait that makes her a valuable asset to the audit team.

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Utah
  •  Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • World Financial Group
  • Resident Producer Individual Accident & Health, Life
  • Wat Lao Buddharam Financial Consultant

Education

  • Master in Accountancy, Southern Utah University
  • Master in Business Administration, Southwestern University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy, University of San Jose Recoletos
Robert Caron, CPA

Robert Caron, CPA

International Tax Specialist

Professional Experience

Robert is a tax professional who specializes in international taxation and multi-jurisdictional compliance needs.

His career spans the international tax departments of small and large firms, both in the US and abroad. He also held financial and managerial positions in private for-profit and non-profit organizations. Finally, he is frequently invited to contribute on development projects and grant requests.

Client value is the core principle guiding Robert’s work. By adopting a tactical approach to tax and reporting, he often achieves superior results for his clients’ budget. 

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant, State of New York
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute
  •  Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Enrolled Member, Metis Tribal Nation

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Commerce, Concordia University
 Joseph Busby, CFE

Joseph Busby, CFE

Tribal Gaming Specialist

Professional Experience

Joseph is our Tribal Gaming Specialist.  With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Joseph has held multiple Director-level positions, overseeing regulatory compliance for some of the largest tribal casinos in the states, including the Sycuan Casino in Southern California, the Osage Casinos in Oklahoma, and the Poarch Creek Band of Indians’ owned casinos in Alabama.

He has traveled throughout the states as well as abroad to speak at various engagements and is our expert on matters involving tribal gaming.  

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Institute of Internal Auditor

 

Education

  • Master in Business Management, Faulkner University
  • Bachelor in Business Administration, Faulkner University

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