In 2004, HKA was retained by Haskell & White to help the firm communicate significant changes at the executive management level. The work initially was considered a short-term project. Today, the agency is well into a second decade of proud work for this special company – defined just as much by its culture and corporate generosity as it is by its unmatched client service.
One of the largest independent CPA firms in Southern California, Irvine-based Haskell & White provides an array of financial services to its middle-market clients, including auditing support, tax strategy, business advice, SEC compliance and M&A consulting. The firm has one of the best reputations in the Orange County business world, and it has quite the foothold on San Diego, where its local branch serves prosperous industries, ranging from life sciences and real estate to aerospace and defense.
Haskell & White is a perennial member of the Orange County Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list, having placed near the top for many years, and has won an array of other meaningful accolades. When the firm isn’t providing top-notch accounting services, it’s supporting a bevy of philanthropic causes.
Partners and managers are encouraged to volunteer, and community involvement is woven into the fabric of corporate culture, as evidenced by the company’s 2013 National Philanthropy Day Award for midsize businesses and its 2016 Association for Corporate Growth award for corporate responsibility.
Employees are committed to giving, in every way they can, to a long roster of deserving nonprofits. Haskell & White runs a longstanding “Casual Fridays” giving program, where employees can choose to dress casually in exchange for contributing $5-10 per week to a special fund. Haskell & White chooses six organizations it supports for two months each with this program.
Leading by example, Managing Partner Wayne Pinnell sets the tone with unwavering support for community organizations. Last year, he was honored with the DreamMaker Award from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast as well as the Pillar of Community Influence Award for Business from the Institute for Community Impact/Passkeys Foundation.
In 2014, Laura’s House presented Haskell & White and Wayne with its Crystal Heart Award for the firm’s longtime support. Wayne chaired the nonprofit’s $4.5 million capital campaign that led to a new emergency residential shelter and transitional facility for women and children in domestic violence situations. Wayne also is a Susan G. Komen Orange County Pink Tie Guy, and Wayne and Haskell & White have been honored by Komen as a dedicated corporate partner.