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ABOUT THE MARIN BOOKKEEPING NETWORK

In 1987 an imaginative bookkeeper had an idea that a bookkeepers' network would help her and other bookkeepers to polish their skills. She asked John Morre, CPA, to help her form the group, being sure that there were other bookkeepers who would be interested. That was the beginning of the Marin Bookkeepers Network. With a monthly meeting format of introductions and speakers that continues to this day, the Network grew to over 100 bookkeepers. We heard speakers on a variety of topics such as sales tax, accounting software, payroll services and organizers.
Over time presentations included tech topics as that became essential knowledge for bookkeepers. At the same time the group began to offer referral services to businesses and individuals and welcomed people in industries related to bookkeeping, like bankers and payroll services to join the group as affiliate members. One of the greatest values is the connections we made. Through the group we could always find somebody to answer a question or offer a suggestion. Our bookkeepers are on a path to greater knowledge of bookkeeping, more education in the growing impact of the Internet, and a place to expand our knowledge of the needs of our clients. The idea of working remotely has greatly increased the range of clients we are able to serve. Webinars, both recorded and live have broadened our selection of presenters and increased the scope of education. Monthly presentations keep us in touch with the additional new applications offered enhancing our ability to keep records for large corporation and the smallest dream of one creative person. Our network of bookkeepers range from independent contractors to employees of large accounting firms. Some work full time for only one client, and others work part time for many clients. All of this has created the “Marin Bookkeepers Network” of today.

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Devi Brown

Devi has had her bookkeeping service since 1975. She specializes in QuickBooks set-up and training as well as full charge bookkeeping services. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and she keeps current with the latest accounting technology. Clients range from Individuals and small service businesses to job-costing for contractors and not-for-profit organizations. Devi listens well so that you get customized training and service based on your individual needs and style. She loves working with entrepreneurs who are passionate about their own business and know that they should be doing just that, working on their own business. Devi is a great choice for someone who is willing to let her partner with them by supporting their efforts therefore getting the best quality from that partnership. Devi always says, “Let a Libra balance your books!”

Jenny vonBlankenburg

Jenny vonBlankenburg handles small business bookkeeping in a range of fields, including real estate, retail, ecommerce, construction, photography, and the health and fitness industry. As a QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor and an active member of the Marin Bookkeepers Network, Jenny is committed to keeping her skills fresh and staying up-to-the-minute with accounting software and industry knowledge through monthly continuing education meetings, web-based training, and regular attendance at seminars and speaking events. 

Elise Sambrano

Elise Sambrano (she/her) has a thriving bookkeeping practice with a variety of clients remotely, including attorneys, property management and other small businesses.  She values education for herself and her clients and is Advanced Certified in Quickbooks Online and attends national conferences and many other continuing education events. 

John Morre

John Morre is managing partner at Morre & Co. He is a Certified Public Accountant. John has a Masters Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and has received the Personal Financial Specialist designation from the AICPA. He has been practicing in Marin County since 1979. In addition to an array of professional memberships, John conducts classes and seminars on tax and financial planning issues. John is a native of San Francisco and he and his wife are residents of Hawaii. 

Julie Chrisman

Julie Chrisman is a Certified QuickBooks Online and Desktop ProAdvisor and a Certified Bookkeeper. She specializes in Quickbooks Software Setup, Troubleshooting & Maintenance. Data Cleanup, Operational and Cost Accounting, Budgeting, Cash Flow, Planning and Reporting, Income and Sales Tax Preparedness, Financial Analysis, Inventory Controls, Graphics, Accounting and Spreadsheet software. With a focus on Service based businesses. Based in Corte Madera, CA. 

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