Client Spotlight

Spirit Motorcycle is the official Bay Area dealer of American-made Indian Motorcycles, Victory Motorcycles, Slingshot and Can-am Spyders.Spirit Motorcycles is owned by Martin and Shaye Chirotarrab, who spent their careers managing companies around the world. What they thought would be a retirement hobby quickly turned into ownership of the West Coast’s #1 dealer after just a year and a half in business.

Fifteen years later, Martin and Shaye attribute their success to their great product, the customer oriented approach that drives their business, and partners like Hood & Strong.

"Hood & Strong has been fantastic since day one,” said Martin. “They give sound advice, everything from how we should structure our company to the best way to file taxes. From the very beginning, Hood & Strong has been our partner of choice for taxes and accounting.”

To learn more about Spirit Motorcycles, visit www.spiritmotorcycles.com.

Perkville allows local companies, including small and mid-size businesses, to easily create custom reward programs. Customers are automatically rewarded for repeat business, referrals and social media endorsements through turnkey integrations with several point of sale and scheduling systems. Perkville is free for users to join and offers monthly subscription plans for businesses. Perkville has more than one million users and its major verticals are health and fitness, salon, spa and retail.

Since 2011, Hood & Strong has provided tax accounting services to Perkville. "Hood & Strong continues to be our valued financial partner because of their responsiveness and how easy they are to work with," said Perkville CEO Sunil Saha. "They understand start-up businesses and are reasonable in terms of their pricing."

Visit www.perkville.com to learn more.

Plant Construction
Since 1947, Plant Construction has provided pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services, including but not limited to hotels, office buildings (including tenant improvements), retail, schools, major buildings in need of seismic upgrades, and important historical structures, making it a leader in Northern California’s construction industry. Plant’s 85 salaried staff and approximately 200 craftspeople use the following saying as a guide in all business engagements: “The Finest Construction Services, Efficiently Performed, Delivered on Schedule.”

Plant Construction has worked with Hood & Strong for the last 20 years. “Hood & Strong’s team of professionals offer stability and consistency,” said Dennis Bhachu, Plant Construction SVP/ CFO. “They are all about relationships and work to consistently exceed our expectations by completing engagements before the agreed completion date.”

To learn more about Plant Construction, visit www.plantconstructioncompany.com.

Family-owned Adhesive Products, Inc. has manufactured a range of adhesive products for the past 130 years. For nearly 100 of those years, Hood & Strong has been the company's financial partner, managing personal and corporate financial matters for the Shattuck family. "Every year, a partner from Hood & Strong reviews the financials with our family, and makes recommendations in areas where we could improve,” said API President Paul Shattuck. “They provide guidance on hiring practices, pensions, and health insurance. Their client service is unmatched; they respond promptly and are proactive in approaching us with tax and financial planning information. They are a valued resource we hope to work with for years to come."  

API is a leader in the adhesive industry, with three locations on the West Coast. In recent years, they have dramatically improved their technical and customer support services, working with staff from mechanics to management to reduce process costs for their customers. To learn more about API, visit www.adhesiveproductsinc.com

Polaris Wireless is the global leader in providing high-accuracy, software-based location solutions to wireless operators, law enforcement, government agencies, and location-based application companies. It offers emergency call services, location-based services, network optimization, autonomous monitoring, and lawful interception solutions. Hood & Strong has provided audit and tax reporting services to Polaris Wireless for the past seven years.

"Polaris Wireless has been very pleased with the services Hood & Strong has provided," said Polaris Controller Peter Pham. "In addition to audit services, they also do our tax reporting. We like the service and have been very satisfied with the work that's been done over the past several years."

To learn more about Polaris Wireless, visit www.polariswireless.com

Natel Energy, Inc., based in Alameda, CA, is an innovator in the environmentally friendly implementation of hydropower. Currently, Natel is commercializing a new hydropower technology which enables profitable production of low-impact, distributed baseload energy from existing low dams, irrigation canals, and other low-head hydropower resources. Natel’s vision is to harness the power of moving water to deliver reliable, renewable energy at a cost competitive with traditional generation sources such as coal and natural gas, while protecting or enhancing watershed ecosystems.

"Hood & Strong has provided tax and audit services to Natel Energy for the past two years," said Dave Sheldon, Natel Energy CFO. "As a young company based in the Bay Area, Hood & Strong’s service offerings are a good fit for us. We receive personal attention from Hood & Strong’s partners, and appreciate the responsiveness that their staff provides."

To learn more about Natel Energy, Inc., visit www.natelenergy.com.

FastSpring powers e-commerce systems for over 2,500 clients worldwide with an all-in-one cloud-based e-commerce merchandising, payment processing and subscription management solution for the digital economy, including companies that sell desktop software, SaaS, e-books and video games.

"We chose to work with Hood & Strong based on referrals from other Hood & Strong clients who praised the company for both its leadership in accounting and its focus on client satisfaction," said FastSpring President Chris Lueck. “Our experiences working with the team at Hood & Strong have been top notch, and we truly consider them to be a partner for our company."

To learn more about FastSpring, visit www.fastspring.com.

Project Open Hand (POH) is a nonprofit organization that provides meals and groceries to seniors and the critically ill. Every day, they prepare 2,500 nutritious and life-sustaining meals and offer 400 bags of healthy groceries. POH provides:

  • Lunch for seniors at 23 locations in San Francisco and Alameda counties
  • Home-delivered meals for those who are homebound because of critical illness
  • Pick-up meals and groceries for people living with HIV/AIDS or breast cancer
Project Open Hand chose Hood & Strong as their independent auditor 14 years ago and has continued to engage with Hood & Strong because of their professionalism and integrity. “The people at Hood & Strong are gracious, down-to-earth and cover all the details - everything you want in an accounting firm,” said Maria Stokes, director of communications.

How to get involved: Financial contributions to POH make a significant impact: every $20 that is donated provides 10 nutritious, life-sustaining meals for clients. POH also hosts volunteer groups throughout the year, as they rely on 125 volunteers per day to provide meals and groceries to those in need. To learn more, visit www.openhand.org  


Alice Phelan
The Alice Phelan Sullivan Corporation is a San Francisco-based family corporation that has been in the business of real estate holding for 101 years. When Alice Phelan Sullivan, a California pioneer, died in 1912, her assets, including real estate holdings, were placed into what is now the family corporation. Today, the corporation has 41 stockholders, all of whom are family. Hood & Strong is approaching its 97th year in business and for as long as both sides can remember, Hood & Strong and the Alice Phelan Sullivan Corporation have done business together. President Erin Doyle Ebeling, great-granddaughter of Alice Phelan Sullivan, said of Hood & Strong: "Our two companies started around the same time, and we have an intimate relationship based on loyalty. There is a mutual respect, and knowledge – Hood & Strong understands our business and knows who we are."

Tanko Lighting was founded in San Francisco in 2003 with a simple mission – to help reduce the waste stream from street lighting. Originally started as a green manufacturer of refurbished street light fixtures, the company has evolved to a full service, technology-driven business model that incorporates design/build services, product procurement, engineering/technical support, and project management services to provide a tailored, turnkey solution for any outdoor lighting project. With more than 30 local employees and 10 years of experience, the company recently launched its “Brilliant Solutions” division to provide turnkey services to help customers implement comprehensive energy-efficient street light conversion projects. Guided by the core values of sustainability, affordability, and superior quality, Tanko Lighting’s environmentally friendly lighting projects can now be found in communities throughout the Bay Area and across the U.S.

Tanko Lighting Vice President Clare Bressani says the company chose to work with Hood & Strong because of the firm’s deep expertise in the manufacturing sector; its commitment to helping Tanko Lighting navigate and succeed in today’s evolving small business tax environment; and its shared emphasis on environmental and social responsibility. “We conducted interviews with other accounting firms, and found that not only were Hood & Strong’s rates very competitive, but the partners’ personalities and approaches matched the way that we do business,” she said. “We instantly connected with the team and already feel that they provide us with tremendous resources and value. And, they even offer validated parking!”

With headquarters in an Economic Enterprise Zone in San Francisco, Tanko Lighting proudly hires the majority of its workforce from surrounding neighborhoods, and is contributing to the economic revitalization of the city’s diverse communities. All of Tanko Lighting’s products are either assembled or made in the USA.

For more information, please visit www.tankolighting.com.


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