Ying Sa / Community CPA Founder and CEO since 1998
A firm’s name is typically a tribute to its founding partners, but Ying Sa’s practice explicitly speaks to her mission. Community CPA was established by Sa to serve local residents, primarily Des Moines, Iowa’s diverse population of individuals and business owners who needed help deciphering IRS communications and local regulations. Before she even opened her doors, Sa cultivated a loyal client base as a financial professional serving the underserved, providing tax help and advice to her fellow entrepreneur and immigrant clients. Once she founded Community CPA she widened her scope, heading up a team of 31 professionals to continue this work of, as the firm promises, offering “expertise with empathy, knowledge with understanding, and powerful technology with human touch.”
This empathetic approach comes from Sa’s own experiences with prejudice and bias, as a Chinese-born immigrant, which has guided her to, as she explains, earn the trust of the non-English speaking community. Community CPA accomplishes that as a minority-owned firm that collectively speaks nine different languages. And while the firm earns many referrals from this base of ethnically diverse clients, it also serves a much wider spectrum of Iowans, enabling Sa to set the goal of becoming a national firm. She is on her way, as the now $5 million firm is opening new offices where her expanding roster of clients dictates, most recently in Minnesota with an eye for Midwestern expansion.
CEO and Managing Partner, Ying Sa, has been named of Accounting Today’s 2021 Managing Partner Elite.
“MP Elite also successfully adapted to the crisis and found new ways to lead a workforce that will likely never be the same following the events of 2020.”
Congratulations, Ying, for your leadership and continual work to be a mission driven CEO!