People

Cynthia Pon, CPA

Expertise

Cindy Pon, Walnut Creek CPA AccountantCindy is a Partner in the San Francisco Bay Area office of MGO and has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of the firm’s San Francisco Bay Area assurance practice.  This practice serves local governments including cities, counties, special districts and retirement systems; non-profit organizations; and for profit corporations by providing assurance, advisory and business outsourcing services.

In 2013, Cindy was selected as MGO’s first Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of MGO and to ensure the firm continues to meet the rigorous standards of today’s professional services firms. Cindy also serves clients as one of the firm’s technical review partners, providing research and expert counsel on complex accounting and auditing issues. Her industry experience includes healthcare, nonprofits, and state and local governments. Cindy also serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Professional Associations and Leadership

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member, Asian Business League of San Francisco
Member, ASCEND Pan-Asian Leaders
Participant on the Government Finance Officers Association Special Review Committee

Publications

State and Local Government Accounting chapter included in the Accountants’ Handbook 12th Edition, 2012 Supplement published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Education

University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Economics and Minor in Business Administration

Q&A

 Why are you passionate about public accounting?
It provides me unlimited opportunities to promote my potential. As MGO has continually grown, entrepreneurial thought has consistently been encouraged, which in turn supports my own personal growth.

Why do you like working at MGO?
Watching staff develop over time professionally and personally is extremely rewarding. We foster close relationships with people who are here and people who have moved on to other challenges and still keep in touch with us.

Describe a favorite client or client story.
One story that I’ll always remember is observing three of our staff members working 24 hours side by side with a client to meet their deadline — and managing to have fun doing it. They were not only showing complete commitment to the client’s success by pulling a day-long shift, they were also laughing and enjoying working together. This is a special group of people. They showed pride in accomplishing a quality report and they weren’t even cranky over the long hours!

What qualities do you look for in job applicants?
I seek individuals with an internal competitive edge, who desire to get more out of themselves. For college grads, this internal drive should be balanced with a well-rounded combination of coursework that shows a commitment to people as well as technical skills. Communications skills are a plus, demonstrated through academic leadership or their outside endeavors. The best candidate is driven to excel and brings a balanced background along with the ability to have some fun.

Who are you outside the office?
I enjoy spending time with my family, whether traveling to other countries or exploring the city. I’m dedicated to ensuring that our son is well-rounded and well-behaved. I would like him to be constantly curious.

What is your biggest success professionally?
I find that my greatest professional successes are tied to the success of my staff. Over the years I have encouraged and supported the growth of not just one, but two, of my colleagues from the time they joined the firm as interns to their admission to the partnership.