CalCPA Honors John Jones for Helping To Improve Vision of Villagers in Third-World

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For his efforts to improve the eyesight of underprivileged people in Third World countries, John Jones, CPA, has received the 2016 Public Service Award from the California Society of CPAs.

The annual award recognizes an individual CalCPA member for services to the community or for governmental service in either a volunteer or elected capacity.

Jones, managing partner of Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors in Santa Rosa, has led missions with the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club and St. Mark Lutheran Church to provide eyeglasses and vision correction to villagers in remote parts of the world. For over 21 years he has made eye-care trips to Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, Samoa and Vietnam.

He estimates that he has personally examined more than 18,000 people for vision needs and eye problems, including cataracts and pterygiums.

“John exemplifies the meaning of service,” said Lynette Atchley, chair of the public service selection committee. “His dedication to helping the underprivileged is inspiring and sets a high bar for those who will be considered for this honor in the future.”

Jones is past president of the California Group of Accounting Firms, past president of the Rohnert Park – Cotati Rotary Club, […]

By |June 17th, 2016|award, Community|0 Comments

Managing Partner John Jones Leads Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary on Nicaragua Eye Care Trip


Today 1344 eyes are smiling, seeing “mas claro” in 672 very grateful Nicaraguans in the Rio San Juan Region of southern Nicaragua.  Many of the those same people are equipped with both distance and near pair of glasses and protective sunglasses, “gafas” to keep damaging UV rays off their eyes.  In addition, 103 mouths are “mucho mas limpio”, reflecting improved oral health and a shift in treatment from extraction to restoration and prevention.

This year, the returning Nicaraguan Couple-Dentists Javier and Ana from the 200 km north capital Managua again worked with a Dental Hygienist from the Sabalos Regional Clinic to treat patients from pre-teen to “viejo”, senior citizens.  Peter Hoberg accepted the crucial role of instrument sterilizer, earning himself the unenviable evidence of chemically stained orange fingers.  Fortunately he did not exhibit any apparent cognitive lapses while on duty.

Over the course of three days, Sunrise Rotarians and some of their family focused on improving people’s visual acuity.  Steve “Grandpa” Zwick was the third generation in his family represented and remarkably both his daughter Jennifer and granddaughter Alessa brought valuable Spanish language and organizational skills.  Steve’s español is well known!  Alessa, just 12, quickly established […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Community|0 Comments

So what do Bear Republic Brewing Co. and Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors have in common?


So what do Bear Republic Brewing Co. and Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors have in common? The answer is simple: Great people who are passionate about what they do and two companies that understand the importance of a team approach. And, the proof is in the pudding- or in this case- the beer: Winner of the Excellence in Craft Beer Industry Award for 2014, medals two years in a row for the Good Food Awards, medals at the Great American Beer Festival for 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2015, Racer 5 Gold medal at the 2015 Central California Craft Beer Competition, and the list goes on. But more importantly, they were awarded the Best Place to Work award in 2014 by the North Bay Business Journal, recognizing their commitment and dedication to their team. Much like Linkenheimer, who has won the Best Place to Work awards for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, along with the Inside Public Accounting Best of the Best firms for 2015, they realize the team is our greatest asset. We focus on our people, community, and company culture, which allows us to provide the best possible team approach to […]

By |January 14th, 2016|Community, culture|0 Comments

Linkenheimer Volunteers at Redwood Empire Food Bank


On Tuesday evening, Linkenheimer staff, families and friends spent two hours helping the Redwood Empire Food Bank fill 3 and 5 pound bags of apples for distribution to those in need. Over the course of the evening, Linkenheimer filled and bagged 3,000 pounds of red apples. The summer months are critical for the REFB as they receive the most product during that time, yet it also proves to be one of the hardest times of the year to find volunteers. With schools out of session, their student base of volunteers typically dries up and other volunteer’s schedules are filled with summer trips and other events. Linkenheimer is honored to be able to assist the REFB and the local community that has given so much to us a firm. To find out how you can assist them, please check out their website:

About Linkenheimer’s Community Efforts:

At Linkenheimer, we look to change lives locally and abroad through the work we do, the relationships we develop and the charities we support. We say we want to be Partners in our Client’s Success. This means we want to work with people we like and help them […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Community|0 Comments

Linkenheimer Teams up with the Human Race


THE HUMAN RACE — “Take a Walk on the WILD Side!”

To our friends,family and clients,

Do you know that nearly 80% of Nicaraguan’s live on less than $2 a day and the vast majority are living at or below the poverty line? Whether it’s putting food on the table, receiving medical attention, or caring for the elderly or sick, their communities are in need and resources are limited. Those of us with the ability to give time or money should be doing all we can to ease our global communities burdens. That’s why we’re excited to participate in the 2015 Human Race this spring. The funds we raise will go to support Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Foundation (which will go towards the surgery center to be constructed in the village of Sabalos and the Rio San Juan Relief) in their efforts to provide medical relief to those who live in remote areas where it is otherwise unattainable. Our team at Linkenheimer spent over a week in the jungles of Nicaragua helping the people and providing medical assistance. It was life changing for those who participated and we are excited to give back to this […]

By |March 26th, 2015|Community|0 Comments

Linkenheimer teams up with Redwood Gospel Mission to help feed thousands for a Thanksgiving banquet

On Wednesday, November 26th, a team of 11 Linkenheimer staff and family showed up at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to help serve food to a portion of the county’s almost 4,000 homeless, along with hundreds of working poor and underprivileged families looking for assistance. The free Thanksgiving meal is a tradition that the Redwood Gospel Mission has continued to put on over the years and as families have fallen on hard times, it’s a welcome reprieve to enjoy a free turkey dinner. The plates of food consisted of hot turkey, gravy, stuffing, green beans, rolls, salad and cranberry sauce. And while the plates were always filled to the brim, the staff at the Redwood Gospel Mission made it clear, if people are still hungry, they get to eat as many plates as possible. No one leaves feeling under fed. In addition to the hot food, 600 volunteers handed out grocery bags to almost 1200 people, in addition to the flu shots, medical checks, coats, hair cuts and even massages that were provided. Community and firm culture have always been the pillars of our firm and we were grateful to be able to participate and help out with such an amazing event. […]

By |December 3rd, 2014|charity, Community|0 Comments

Linkenheimer LLP crew lends a hand at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

On Monday November 10, 2014, Linkenheimer LLP employees and partners spent part of their evening helping prepare food packages for seniors. Prior to the ‘assembly line’ effort, we were given a tour of the food bank’s beautiful facilities, and information on the needs of Sonoma County residents and what the food bank provides. Being the accountants that we are, numbers are always welcome, but in this case, the numbers were both astonishing and sobering.

  • 82,000 people (1 in 6 people in Sonoma County) face the threat of hunger every month, and this is the number served by the food bank, every month.
  • Of the 82,000 people: 36,200 are children, 11,800 are seniors, and 13,500 are working families.
  • The Redwood Empire Food Bank is in the top 6% of food banks nationwide in the amount of food provided per person in poverty.
  • During 2014, the food bank distributed 14.5 million pounds of food, which is the equivalent of over 33,000 meals a day, and provided food for two wholesome meals for every $1 spent.

These figures are hard to comprehend when you think of Sonoma County and all of the beauty that surrounds us; but, hunger has no boundaries, and it crosses the full spectrum of […]

By |November 20th, 2014|charity, Community|0 Comments

Linkenheimer 35th Annual Golf Tournament 2014

We’d like to thank everyone who spent the day with us on the course again this year. It’s the people that make this event a success. At Linkenheimer, we’ve always said People are our greatest asset. And that statement doesn’t just apply to our employees and staff. It includes our clients, family and friends. They all make up the driving force behind our firm. This tournament is our way of saying THANK YOU for your relationship with us and your support along the way. We look forward to seeing everyone out there on the course again next year!

By |October 13th, 2014|Community, golf, Team Building|0 Comments

Linkenheimer Voted Best Place to Work in North Bay for 2014

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Best Places to Work 2014: Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors

Four-time winner

By James Dunn, Business Journal Staff Reporter

SANTA ROSA –  “We’re going fly fishing,” said Michael  Musson, partner at Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors since 1989. “We really work as a team. … There are no team-building sessions. It’s a great crew with a lot of cohesiveness.  If there’s a ditch to dig, everybody picks up a shovel.”

The company sponsors a golf tournament every September to get together as a group.

“If we hit our numbers, we have a bonus trip every year,” Mr. Musson said. “Last year was Nicaragua.” This year is likely to be a trip to Mexico.

“John Jones (managing partner) is an extremely ethical, non-judgmental, even-keeled guy,” Mr. Musson said. “All of that trickles down to everybody. He has a family and hobbies.”

Mr. Jones encourages the company’s 20 employees to have balanced lives. “I have worked for people who had families but didn’t acknowledge them,” Mr. Musson said. He worked until 10 every night and felt pressured. […]

By |September 26th, 2014|best place to work, charity, Community|0 Comments

Linkenheimer Team Goes “Down the River” in Nicaragua

It wasn’t just beaches and mai tai’s for the Linkenheimer team and their families as they spent over a week in beautiful Nicaragua. Continuing a tradition of service in the region, John Jones led two different groups from Linkenheimer down the rural region of the Rio San Juan, with the goal of delivering eye exams and prescription glasses which would have otherwise have been unattainable.

Linkenheimer traditionally enjoys a team vacation in January as a thank you for a job well done and a bonding experience before the trials of a busy tax season. This year, the team building was magnified with the opportunity of “going down the river”.

A typical “going down the river” experience usually entails: Flying into Managua; chartering a small, 16 seat plane which flies you over Lake Nicaragua (the 10th largest fresh water lake in the world), landing on the dirt “runway” in San Carlos; from there you are shuttled in trucks to the river front, where the team boards long boats, which make their way down the winding river until they reach the serene, yet primitive Sabalos Lodge. Then the real adventure begins.

The team then travels by boat to the village, where they setup their […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Community, Linkenheimer, Nicaragua, service, Services|0 Comments