About Sandi Smith Leyva
Sandi Leyva, CPA, is the founder and owner of Sandra L. Leyva, Inc., which includes five divisions: Accountant’s Accelerator, offering marketing and practice growth training and speaking; BrainWays Training, offering coaching and leadership training and speaking; Accelerator Websites, offering done-for-you digital marketing; Accounting vCon, co-producing a virtual conference; and Accelerate Small Biz, connecting small business and accountants through advisory training.
Sandi has helped thousands of CPAs, EAs (IRS Enrolled Agents), bookkeepers, QuickBooks consultants, and accounting software resellers get more business through her marketing strategies, web site and copywriting formulas, and millionaire mindset. More than 100,000 people have read her books and articles, used her training and coaching tools, or heard her speak at conferences.
Sandi was named one of the Top 25 Thought Leaders for 2017 and one of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor. She won a 2013 Stevie Award for “Maverick of the Year” and is a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaches Council. Her work has been noted by Forbes, CBS News, PBS, Dallas Morning News, San Jose Mercury News, Accounting Today, Journal of Accountancy, Today’s CPA, and The Practical Accountant. She is a regular contributor to CPA Trendlines.
Sandi is one of a handful of women in the world who has copiloted a tiny six-seat, single-engine airplane over the oceans and around the world. Her book, Following Amelia: A Modern Day ‘Round-the-World Flight, describes her death-defying adventure along with the two award-winning humanitarian trips she managed to fit in along the way.
Sandi has authored several books, CPE courses, and over 1,000 articles for clients such as Microsoft, Intuit, and the American Institute for CPAs. Prior to starting her business in 1993, Sandi served time in two Fortune 500 companies.
Sandi earned an MBA, holds a CPA in Texas and California, and earned an MS in neuroscience. She is an avid traveler and has visited 100 countries, including a backpacking trip alone around the world. Her volunteer work in Kenya, Russia, and Nepal earned her an AWSCPA Public Service Award and a Baird Community Service Award. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with family.
Our San Jose-Based Accountant’s Accelerator Team
Marjory Rase, Web Marketing Designer
Marjory Rase is our resident artist and social media dynamo. She creates all of our graphics from concept to publication, develops our clients’ WordPress sites, and manages all of our internal and external social media accounts. She is a Hootsuite Certified Professional.
Marjory is resourceful, adaptable, creative, and technical. She has experience in graphic design at design companies and has participated in a group art exhibition. She studied First Diploma Media at Grimsby Institute, earned a BS in Multimedia Arts and Sciences, and was a Silver Medalist at Mapua Institute of Technology.
Marjory speaks English and Filipino. She has lived in England and the Philippines. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, read and create art.
Our Plano-Based Accountant’s Accelerator Team
Sharon Fox, Business Development Specialist
Sharon Fox is a master at diagnosing our clients’ needs and suggesting the perfect solution for them. Sharon heads up our business development department and is great at staying in touch and developing meaningful relationships with our clients.
Sharon knows the accounting industry, having worked at Thomson-Reuters, Wolters-Kluwer, and Arthur Andersen. She brings 15-plus years of business development experience from a variety of industries, including commercial and residential building, manufacturing, healthcare, and publishing.
When she is not working, Sharon enjoys SCUBA, working on home improvement projects, volunteering, and singing.
Our Virtual Accountant’s Accelerator Team
Olena Darmohray produces the CPE certificates from the training webinars we conduct. She has worked in the media, construction, real estate, and tourist industries as well as for government. She holds an MBA from Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine and a certificate of achievement in accounting from DeAnza University in Cupertino, CA.
Olena speaks English, Ukranian, and Russian. In her spare time, she likes to read, swim, hike, cross-stitch, and cook.