Ernest J. Gini
35 years' experience in the CPA profession. Ernie was a member of and contributor to the GASB Advisory Committee on the User Guide to Local Government Financial Statements as well as serving as a contributor to What You Should Know about Your Local Government’s Finances, a Guide to Financial Statements. Ernie has also been designated as a Certified Government Financial Manager by the Association of Government Accountants. He has conducted seminars for public finance officials on topics such as the New Financial Reporting Model (GASB 34), Changes to OMB Circular A-133, Accounting for Redevelopment Agencies, Single Audit Applications, Changes in Government Auditing Standards, GASB Statement Updates, and Program-Specific Audits.
Professional Associations and Leadership.
AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center
California Society of CPAs -- Government Accounting and Auditing Committee (GAAC)
and Past President, Sacramento Chapter
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
State Association of County Auditors
Association of Government Accountants
AICPA Virtual Grassroots Panel (formerly known as the Group of 100)
California State University, Sacramento; Master of Business Administration
California State University, Stanislaus (with Honors); Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Accounting)
Why are you passionate about public accounting?
In this field, there’s never anything routine. Just when you think you’re on top of it, there is a new challenge that provides variety and excitement.
Why do you like working at MGO?
In addition to the wonderful clients, I’m thinking of when GASB 34 was out but not yet implemented. I participated on a panel for a national satellite videoconference on GASB 34 broadcast from Atlanta. In addition to the honor of serving on an expert panel and the fun of seeing myself on TV, I had a great time with my colleagues at that event.
Describe a favorite client or client story.
This question blends with the previous question because for me, rewarding work is about the clients. I once had a city official say in a meeting, “With all you do for us, we just call you whenever we need something. We know you’ll find a way to make it happen.” Then another official piped up, “We could give them the keys to City Hall and we know they’d handle it!” These were such high compliments and made me proud to work for this firm.
What qualities do you look for in job applicants?
In addition to good grades, the most important thing is enthusiasm. You’ve got to have a willingness to go the extra mile.
Who are you outside the office?
My passion used to be running, but in the years since the accident I enjoy technology and travel. We enjoy taking cruises to a variety of places. I’m also blessed with a wonderful wife and two sons.