Cory R. Franklin, CPA
Cory R. Franklin, Owner & President, began the firm in Beverly Hills in 2009. Cory is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 20+ years of tax and accounting experience. Prior to launching Cory Franklin & Associates, Inc., Cory was the Director of Taxes & Audits at a mid-sized CPA firm in Los Angeles where he performed substantial tax planning, compliance, and accounting services. He worked primarily with high net worth individuals and small to mid-sized companies within a number of industries and professions. He was also responsible for successfully representing many of the firm's clients in IRS and state agency tax audits. Additionally, he performed extensive tax research on numerous IRS and state level tax advisory issues and provided written opinions and solutions on these issues.
After graduating from college in 1994, Cory began his career at the international accounting firm KPMG. He was responsible for implementing federal, state, and local tax minimization strategies for a number of high profile clients, many of them being Fortune 500 companies. He performed extensive tax consulting and research pertaining to federal, state, and local and payroll and employment tax issues. Additionally, he conducted comprehensive financial statement audits of large corporations for several of KPMG's clients.
After his successful career at KPMG, Cory decided to broaden his expertise and accepted a Tax Director position at California State University, Long Beach. He was responsible for ensuring tax compliance throughout all departments within the University and the entire CSU system. He implemented policies and procedures relating to nonprofit tax compliance, employment taxes, sales taxes, 1099 payments to contractors, and issues relating to international taxes of foreign students, faculty, and guest speakers. Additionally, during his time at the University, he maintained an outside tax preparation and consulting business where he worked primarily with individuals and small business entities.
Cory has found that the 20+ years of experience he has acquired during his career of working with both large and small clients greatly lends to the unique strategies and solutions he is able to provide to his clients.
Mark D. Esperti, Accountant & Registered Tax Preparer
Mark Esperti is a staff accountant at Cory Franklin & Associates, Inc. with over 19 years of accounting, tax, business management, and organizational operations experience. Mark is currently licensed as a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP) and is a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor.
Through the years, Mark has provided his services to a vast variety of individual and corporate clients, including those in entertainment and creative industries, service oriented businesses and consultants, and those involved in real estate ventures and professions.
Mark received his Bachelor's of Science Degree from the nationally acclaimed Accounting program at California State University, Northridge. He is currently pursing his CPA certification with an expected completion date by the end of 2019. Mark also holds a degree in Photography and studied at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His versatile background enables him to utilize his creativity in offering sensible and innovative business solutions to the firm's accounting and tax clients.