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Close, Personal Client Relationships
Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra

December 2015
Janet Gomes

Janet Gomes

For 35 years, Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered (WC&S) has provided accounting services to businesses in the Baltimore metropolitan area. For the last 13 years, the firm has been a mainstay in Bel Air, serving clients from its Harford County office on North Main Street.

Its dedication to Harford County is based on its employees, all 13 of whom are Harford County natives or currently live within the county borders. The local emphasis provides a connection and synergy with clients and business associates.

“We are a close-knit community and our local presence and local staff is meaningful to the clients we serve,” says Janet Gomes, CPA, senior manager at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered. Gomes, a county native, knows the value of working in and with the community where you reside. “We know people from the community on a personal level. People trust us because they know us.”

WCS logo 194-sm [Converted]139 North Main Street, Suite 201
Bel Air, MD 21014
Other offices in Lutherville & Elkton

• Tax & financial services for closely held and family owned businesses
• Estate services
• Non-profit audits and 990 preparations
• Financial statement preparation including audited, reviewed and compiled statements
• Financial consulting
• QuickBooks training

• American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
• Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants
• National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

• Enterprise Worldwide Firm of the Year 2014
• Cecil Whig Awards – Cecil’s Favorite Accounting Firm 2014 & 2015

Community Involvement:
• Community Foundation of Harford Co.
• Albert P. Close Foundation
• Historical Society of Harford Co.
• Top of the Bay Business Women
• Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network
• Women’s Giving Circle of Harford Co.
• Harford Co. Chamber of Commerce
• Cecil County Chamber of Commerce
• Greater Excellence in Education Foundation
• Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, Inc.
• The ARC Northern Chesapeake Circus
• Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna
• Mason Dixon Community Services
• Arrow Children & Family Ministries
• Junior Achievement

Being known in the community means forging strong relationships with experts in the area. This includes bankers, financial advisors, attorneys and others. All are comfortable with each other and cross refer clients who they feel will gain the best support and the best service from these practitioners, including those at WC&S.

Aligning with trusted, qualified practitioners in the area reinforces the motto of WC&S – A Firm That Provides Close Personal Attention. Whether an individual or business, the client receives dedicated personal service. Clients are billed based on their preference, whether hourly, flat fee or project basis. There are no stopwatches, charges by minutes or phone calls and no copy charges. Meetings are in person or by conference call, again by client preference.

“It’s about establishing relationships with clients and getting to know them,” notes Gomes. “This way, we can provide the services they want and the services they need to help them meet their individual financial goals.”

WC&S recently has expanded its estate work in the Harford County area, based on a realized need for accountants with this type of experience. This includes preparation of estate tax returns and dealing with the portability of credits for surviving spouses. Staff members who have specialized skills and are knowledgeable in estate tax law have forged important relationships with local attorneys to assist their clients.

Besides its focus on the individual client, WC&S emphasizes the importance of being part of the community. The firm leadership encourages all staff members to engage in community service efforts related to their individual interests, and most are heavily involved on nonprofit boards of directors and in civic charitable work.

Gomes, for example, is passionate in education and reading. Because of this interest, she now serves as the Treasurer of the Academy of Finance Advisory Board at Edgewood High School and Treasurer of the Board for the Greater Excellence in Education Foundation, which serves the youth of Harford County Public Schools. In addition, Gomes also volunteers for the Harford County Public Library.

The community sees the dedication of WC&S and the value it places on supporting community organizations and activities.
“They know us out in the community,” Gomes says. “We’re not just sitting at the board table in our conference room. It makes you feel good and transcends to the workplace and with people in the community.”

Although the firm features a “small-town feel,” the operation is not without its resources. The firm is closely connected to its Lutherville office, which employs 35 accountants and staff with expertise to supplement that available in Bel Air, including a full tax department. The Bel Air contingent also works closely with the Cecil County office, which opened in 2010 in Elkton.

“We provide a small town feel with large firm resources,” says Gomes. “We can pull from a larger talent pool to assist in complex areas. We have a great pool of people with a wide range of knowledge in a variety of areas – all gamuts of business. It’s not just 10 people; it’s 50 people with all ranges and levels of knowledge.

“Small firms don’t have that luxury.” I95