We are particularly proud of our team of professional accountants and supporting staff. The team

concentrates on providing outstanding accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, on-site controllership services,

tax preparation, tax planning and financial statement preparation at reasonable costs delivered timely with

a smile and thank you.

Industries Served:

  • Largest concentration in construction

  • Industry, specialty trades and general

  • contractors

  • Property development

  • Manufacturing industries

  • Retail establishments

  • Cemeteries and funeral homes

  • Agriculture, nurseries and Christmas tree

  • growers

  • Restaurants and taverns

  • Automotive, dealerships, body repair

  • Shops

  • Estates and trusts

  • Trucking

  • Investment properties

  • Insurance

  • Grocery, variety and specialty retail

  • Pharmacies

  • Professional service providers such as

  • Doctors, dentists, lawyers

  • Consultants

  • Not-for-profit organizations

  • Hospitality, hotels and catering

  • Childcare providers

  • Commercial printers

  • Artists


About Our Partners

Mark Brown, CPA
Mark, has been a CPA since 1982, owned his own public accounting firm from 1992 until 2005 when he joined
Sherman, Young & Associates, P.C. Focusing on closely-held businesses, Mark has extensive experience
in tax and accounting consulting services for a variety of business activities including buy-sell agreements,
starting, purchasing or selling a business. Mark also works with many trusts and estates helping people
weave through the special rules that apply to these types of entities. His wide range of accounting, tax
and business consulting experience in addition to being licensed to assist in the life, disability and long –
term care insurance arena provides a valuable resource in all business and personal financial and tax
matters. Mark was a tax auditor with the Oregon Department of Revenue before becoming a CPA. Mark
is a graduate of Portland State University. He enjoys playing golf (anytime and open to all invitations),
traveling and helping his wife and with her horse activities.

Contact Mark Here 

​Ken Bakondi CPA MBA

Ken Bakondi joined the SYA team in 2017, bringing over 35 years of accounting and tax experience. He
has been a CPA for 11 years and has degrees in Accounting, Finance, and a Masters in Business
Administration. He was a controller for a Fortune 500 company before launching his own successful
multi-state commercial flooring company. In his time at Sherman and Young, he has been a mobile
controller, business and tax consultant, is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor and has prepared taxes and financial
statements for many of our business clients. As much as he loves his work, in his spare time he enjoys
hiking and the outdoors, gardening and vacationing with his wife in warm, dry sunny places! Contact Ken Here

Michael B. Sherman, CPA, MBA
Mike is the founder of Sherman, Young & Associates, P.C. and affiliated company Sherman, Young &
Leavitt, LLC, registered investment adviser. Mike formally retired on January 1, 2022, but still provides services on a part-time basis.
Combining years of financial services experience he is uniquely qualified as a financial coach to a diverse
client base. His areas of concentration are taxation and tax planning for individuals, estates, trusts,
partnerships and corporations. Mike has over 30 years of experience providing accounting, review and
auditing services for retirement plans, not-for-profit organizations, construction, manufacturing,
professional service providers and small businesses.
Mike started his professional career with the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. He holds a
Bachelor of Science degree with honors in business administration, emphasis in accounting, from the
University of Southern California and a Masters of Business Administration from Portland State University.
Prior to becoming an accountant Mike worked in the drug and grocery retail industries in Washington and
California. Mike is the past president of the Oregon City Lions Club and the Gladstone Oak Grove Rotary
Club. Mike is a volunteer speaker for the Oregon State Society of CPAs regarding careers in accounting
and financial literacy.
Mike enjoys traveling to foreign countries and working out at the gym and has never lived more than 100
miles from the Pacific Ocean. 

Contact Mike Here


Meet Our Staff

Gene Seok, CPA
Gene is fluent in Korean and holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from California State University. Gene
has over 20 years of accounting and tax experience as a CPA with small to medium sized businesses in
various industries. Contact Gene Here

Darleen Walker, CPA
Darleen joined the firm in 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Portland State
University. She splits her professional time between tax preparation, auditing, quality review and
controllership services. Contact Darleen Here

Josh Hewson, CPA
Josh joined Sherman, Young & Associates, P.C. in 2006 after an eight year career in retail sales with a
Fortune 500 company. Josh graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University with a
Bachelor of Arts in business administration, accounting major. Contact Josh Here

Paula Barnes
Paula joined the firm in 1990. She studied accounting at Ventura Community College. She has
experience in preparing many different types of tax returns including individual, corporate, partnership,
trust and exempt organizations.  Contact Paula Here

Crickett Toole
Crickett joined Sherman, Young & Associates, P.C. in 2008 as a quality control processor for tax season.
She is now with us year-round, providing assistance to the administration and tax processing functions, and also is now in charge of Billing. Any billing questions contact Crickett Here

Lisa Livingston

Lisa joined Sherman, Young & Associates, P.C. in 2013 as our receptionist and in addition is our office manager. Contact Lisa Here

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