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   Laura A. Plum  -  Certified Public Accountant


Laura A. Plum, CPA founded her practice in 1988 and has since been dedicated to assisting clients work on their businesses, rather than in their businesses. This focus reflects her MBA education and experience as a corporate officer before starting Plum & Company. 

Laura received her BA from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross.  After working several years in Washington, DC she entered the Goizueta Graduate Business School at Emory University in Atlanta where she earned an MBA. Laura then returned to the corporate world as a business analyst and was subsequently recruited to be CFO of a Sarasota developer.

Sarasota County Commissioners have recognized Laura for her contributions to the County and the County Commission on the Status of Women.  Clients appreciate her understanding of the challenges of being a business manager which is reflected in her business, accounting and tax advice.  Laura has negotiated with the IRS at the national level in Washington, DC and regularly represents clients with local IRS examiner.

  



         Jessica Connell  -  Senior Staff Accountant

 

Jessica Connell considers herself a Florida "native".  She grew up in Sarasota County and knows the people and business community. Jessica joined Plum & Company in 2001 and has been working closely with Sarasota business owners to implement management and accounting software, maintain their accounting records and using this data to report sales, payroll, corporate and individual taxes.

As a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Jessica provides technical support to builders and contractors, service providers, attorneys, franchisors and franchisees, and retailers and wholesalers.  She also provides assistance to businesses using PC Law, Quicken, Q-Floors, ESC and other industry-specific software. 

Jessica graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in Accounting and is currently preparing for the CPA exam.  She is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Toastmasters International.

    



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