Besides our great speakers the panel will also consist of the following experts.
(CPA/Accounting) Nicole Fisher, CPA & Rick Peterson, CPA – Jeff Baker and Associates
Nicole Fisher has been with Jeff Baker & Associates since 2008 with 8 years of experience in the Tax and Accounting Field. Nicole received her undergraduate education from University of Washington and her Masters in Taxation Degree from William Howard Taft University.
Nicole is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Washington State. Nicole has experience in Individual, S and C Corporation, Partnership/LLC, Federal and State income tax issues and tax preparation.
In addition, Nicole is an active member of the community and participates in associations such as the Women’s Conference of Realtors and Automotive Service Association. She served as a past Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce and is currently President of a Business Networking International Chapter in Tacoma. Nicole also participates in other business organizations with an emphasis in the Pierce County community.
Rick Peterson is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound. He has thirty five years of experience in the profession and has extensive experience in taxation, accounting, and other CPA related advisory services. Ricks hold a Certificate of Educational Achievement in personal financial planning and Partnership Taxation. Rick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.
(Banking/ Lending Expert) Paul T Long- Vice President-Timberland Bank
Paul has been in banking for 20 years starting a week after his 16th birthday as a teller and raised in the ranks to a Branch Manager at the age of 18 and District Manager leading multiple bank branches at the age 21. At the age of 25 Paul found his passion of working with Business owners. Since then he has built multiple banks small business banking divisions, recently creating an SBA Division, written countless published articles about small business banking/lending and has funded well over 400 business loans so far over his career.
(JBLM Expert) Ken Swarner- Publisher- The Ranger Magazine
Ken Swarner is a long-time resident of the South Sound having graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Washington in 1988. He has been publisher at NW Military since 2006, but started there cleaning the floors when he was 11 (family business!). He is author of the humor book, “Whose Kids Are These Anyway?” (2003 Penguin/Putnam). He is the father of four and is married to his high school sweetheart. Ken is an expert at working with JMLB residents and businesses.