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John L. Sadd, Jr., CPA, CGMA

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Phone: (818) 547-5701  |  Email: john.sadd@svhscpas.com

John L. Sadd, Jr.Mr. Sadd was the founder and Managing Partner of Sadd-Higashi-Shammaa, AC from 1989 through the end of 2009 when he merged his firm with Velazquez & Associates, Inc. Previously, John was a Partner in the firm of Brotemarkle & Sadd, where he started as a staff accountant, advancing to the level of partner. John is a graduate of California State University Los Angeles.

With over 40 years of experience in public accounting, John has provided business planning, tax planning and preparation, financial statement preparation, auditing, and computer consulting to a broad range of clients in the fields of real estate, manufacturing, non-profits, and other service industries. In addition to these services, John has been retained as an expert witness in litigation regarding tax, accounting, and other matters, and has also served as a Court Appointed Referee. John has been a featured speaker in numerous presentations to business, educational and professional groups.

In addition to his accounting practice, John serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of EH Bank of Beverly Hills, California.

Mr. Sadd is very active in community services, holding leadership positions on the Glendale Educational Foundation (President and Treasurer), the Glendale Police Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Glendale (President and Treasurer), and many others. In addition to these charitable organizations, John has been appointed by Glendale City Officials to the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (Chairman), the Measure K Oversight Committee (Chairman), the Police Chief’s Advisory Committee and the Community Block Grant Advisory Committee.

John resides in Glendale where he lives with his wife, Suzi, and they are the proud parents of Louie and Danielle.

Michael Velazquez

Certified Public Accountant / Personal Financial Specialist (CPA / PFS)

Phone: (818) 547-5701  |  Email: mike.velazquez@svhscpas.com

Michael VelazquezMichael is a 34 year veteran of the profession. Since 1992 until the merger with the Sadd firm in January 2010, Michael founded and ran his Accountancy, Tax and Consulting practice, Velazquez & Associates, Inc. in Glendale, California, providing services to business owners, real estate investors, professionals and non-profits. Michael also founded US Wealth of California, LLC, providing wealth management services to many SVHS clients. Mr. Velazquez is a graduate of the University of Miami Business School, and conducted post-graduate studies at Inter-American University. A partial list of past employers includes Arthur Andersen & Co., Chase Manhattan Bank, & MCA Inc. Michael is fluent in Spanish & has appeared regularly on radio and television, speaking as an expert on tax and financial matters, and has been the author of several articles in both English and Spanish. Michael resides in Glendale with his wife, Mercy, and they have three children, Michael, Gabriel and Tatiana.

Kirby N. Higashi

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Phone: (818) 547-5701  |  Email: kirby.higashi@svhscpas.com

Kirby N. HigashiKirby N. Higashi joined the legacy firm of Brotemarkle & Company in 1980, and has practiced accounting in the Los Angeles area with the firm since graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University at Dominguez Hills. Mr. Higashi provides a wide range of services to individuals and small to medium sized businesses. Clientele includes businesses in wholesale and retail sales, entertainment, manufacturing, construction, medical, real estate, legal, non-profit organizations, and other professional services and industries.

Nassif E. Shammaa

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Phone: (818) 547-5701  |  Email: nassif.shammaa@svhscpas.com

Nassif E. ShammaNassif E. Shammaa joined the legacy firm of Brotemarkle & Sadd in 1995. Nassif is a graduate of Arizona State University School of Accounting. Mr. Shammaa was formerly employed in the banking industry. A partial list of past employers includes California Federal, Home Savings and Countrywide Lending. Mr. Shammaa provides a wide range of accounting and advisory services to individuals and small to medium sized businesses. Nassif resides in Glendale with his wife Randa and children, Nour and Elias.



John Effner

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Phone: (818) 547-5701  |  Email: john.effner@svhscpas.com

John EffnerJohn Effner joined the legacy firm of Brotemarkle & Sadd in 1986 as a computer specialist and soon developed bookkeeping and accounting skills.  John is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.  John provides a range of services to various individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations such as auditing, financial statement preparation, and tax preparation, including issue resolution with the IRS and other state and local government tax agencies.  John has creative interests in painting and pottery-making.

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Sadd Velazquez Higashi Shammaa, LLP
330 North Brand Blvd., Suite 200
Glendale, CA 91203

Phone: (818) 547-5701
Fax: (818) 547-5708
Email: info@svhscpas.com