Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University
Master of Accountancy from Arizona State University
Sandy specializes in meeting the financial needs of privately held businesses through a wide range of services, including accounting, business consulting, tax planning, succession planning, entity structuring, financing, and business cash flow management. Gifted at explaining complex financial and accounting issues in terms that people understand, she is a creative business analyst.
Prior to joining REDW, Sandy was the owner and managing principal of Abalos & Associates, a full-service, award-winning Phoenix-based CPA firm she founded in 1981. In November of 2012, Abalos & Associates merged with REDW and Sandy joined the firm as Principal and head of the Tax practice in Arizona.
Because of her experience as a successful business owner, Sandy has the insight and passion for helping entrepreneurs and privately held businesses achieve their dreams. As a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and through her continuing efforts, she has championed issues in taxation, independent contractor status and estate tax reform. Sandy has testified before Congress on numerous occasions and advises congressional officials about the impact of tax legislation.
Sandy is a former member of the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council and the IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Council. While serving as the SBA’s Region IX Tax Chair of the White House Conference on Small Business, she was credited with playing an instrumental part in the passage of the Small Business Jobs Protection Act.
A Certified Public Accountantlicense in Arizona, Sandy is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).