August 2017

San Francisco, CAOne of the oldest and most well-respected accountancy firms in San Francisco, California has been presented with DFK International’s Firm of the Year Award.

Shea Labagh Dobberstein (SLD) was announced as the Firm of the Year for 2017 at DFK International’s Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The award recognizes the firm which has most contributed to the development of DFK International throughout the year. DFK International, headquartered in London, has one of the most extensive networks of any international organization. It boasts a global membership located in 92 countries, with over 200 independent accounting and consulting firms, carefully chosen for the quality of service they provide.

SLD, which serves as an accountant and trusted advisor to its clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the globe, became a member of DFK International in 2012 and has since been actively involved in the organization.

The award was presented to Bill Wright, Principal of SLD, by Martin Sharp, Executive Director of DFK International, at the Annual Conference’s gala dinner.

Managing Principal of SLD, James Dobberstein, said:

It is a great honor to receive this award from DFK International. We value the organization and its role in transforming our clients’ businesses. This award reflects our firm’s strong commitment to and collaboration with member firms across the globe. We believe that we can only get out what we put in.

SLD is committed to putting in the mileage to visit other member firms both domestically and internationally. This means that if our clients require services outside of our geographical area, even thousands of miles away, we can confidently direct them to firms we know have the local expertise our clients need.

We strive to be as responsive as possible when other firms approach us with a client need or request for advice on a technical matter.

In an increasingly globalized world, DFK is an essential resource for sharing information and best practices. We look forward to continuing to assist with the organization’s development.

Executive Director of DFK International, Martin Sharp, said:

We are delighted that Shea Labagh Dobberstein was selected as the DFK International Firm of the Year 2017.

The firm has been active in promoting DFK in its local marketplace and heavily engaged in supporting clients referred from members in all parts of the world. SLD has been equally active in referring their clients to DFK members worldwide, including the U.K., Germany, Canada, India, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan.

Moreover, principals and staff from the firm have actively participated in DFK International events. Over the past year, they’ve made presentations at conferences in London, Milan and Honolulu, and attended conferences in Dublin and Hanoi.

They have also been at the forefront of a marketing and HR initiative, which they have shared with other members of DFK in the spirit of open learning and developing best practice.

Following the awards ceremony, Bill Wright, Principal of SLD, said, “Receiving such a prestigious award is a terrific achievement. We are excited for what the future will bring, as SLD continues to support opportunities which benefit both our clients and the member firms of DFK.”

For over 70 years, SHEA LABAGH DOBBERSTEIN has provided a full spectrum of professional accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services exclusively to privately-held businesses, individuals, and non-profit organizations. The business community recognizes us for having the deep expertise and specialized resources of a national firm, coupled with the personalized attention of a San Francisco-based advisor.

DFK INTERNATIONAL is an association of independent accountancy firms and business advisers. DFK International is ranked among the top 10 global accountancy associations and has over 400 offices in more than 90 countries worldwide.


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