We combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide. Our clients come back to us year after year because they know they are in good hands. We work to develop long-term relationships; whether your needs are simple or complex, we can help.
Kerry S. David
Kerry David was born in Madera,California. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service while attending the University of Santa Clara. Upon graduation from Santa Clara with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Kerry worked for the San Jose office of Price Waterhouse. He moved his family to Lake Tahoe in 1973 and worked for an international CPA firm in their Zephyr Cove office. Kerry later became a partner in a local firm before opening his own office in 1979. He is a licensed CPA in both Nevada and California, and he is a member of the Nevada and California Societies of CPAs as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
As the founding principal of David, Johnson & Larsen, Ltd., Kerry's enthusiasm for people is evident through his long lasting client relationships and passion for problem solving. Kerry specializes in providing tax planning services for individuals, corporations and estates. He also enjoys providing management advisory services to his diverse client base.
Kerry is also a community services advocate. He has served as a Trustee for the Lake Tahoe Community College since 1992 and also currently serves as a Trustee for the Douglas County Community Foundation and Treasurer of Tahoe Magic, Inc. Kerry has served as a Trustee of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, Treasurer of the Anita Vieites Educational Foundation, Treasurer of Tahoe Youth and Family Services, and member of the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club. Kerry also enjoyed many years of coaching his children and grandchildren in baseball, softball and soccer.
As an avid San Francisco Giants fan, Kerry loves attending games with his wife, Wendy, their four wonderful children and their spouses, and four (soon to be six!) grandchildren. You can also see Kerry playing softball, skiing, biking and swinging at (and sometimes missing!) golf balls on the playgrounds of Lake Tahoe.
"I enjoy the time I spend advising clients, and I enjoy the variety of people, problems to solve and issues to resolve. I also particularly enjoy working with our team of professionals."
Bill W. Johnson
Bill W. Johnson was born in Reno, Nevada and currently resides in the Carson Valley. Bill received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis on Accounting, from the University of Nevada Reno.
Bill interned with Pannell Kerr Forster’s Reno, Nevada office as a college senior. He stayed with public accounting until the spring of 1985. Bill explored private business as a manager with a company that manufactured turbo chargers for the railroad industry. He discovered that sales was not for him, and in the fall of 1986 returned to public accounting when he was hired as a Senior Accountant with Kerry S. David, Ltd. Bill became a shareholder of the firm in 1993.
Bill enjoys working with our small business and individual clients because every client has a different and unique financial story. He offers his clients a blend of tax and accounting services as well as controller type duties and responsibilities.
Bill enjoyed coaching his children in youth sports. He has served as a board member for Little League and AYSO organizations in the Carson Valley. He is currently the Treasurer of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Advisory Council and Douglas County Education Foundation. Under Bill’s direction, the firm assists these and other local non-profit organizations with the preparation of their annual tax returns.
You can catch Bill and his family watching and attending Giants ballgames throughout the season. He was even fortunate enough to serve as the Giants’ “Ball Dude”. Bill loves sharing the outdoors with family and friends. Skiing in the Sierra is a fantastic break from the office. He also enjoys hiking, biking, and an occasional round of golf.
“I really like my job! Interacting with each client and serving the client’s unique tax and accounting needs are what we do best.”
A love for skiing and being in the mountains originally lured Michelle from the Bay Area to beautiful Lake Tahoe. Finding a firm that provided continual challenges, a broad range of expertise, and a commitment to quality service allowed Michelle to stay.
Michelle earned a managerial economics degree from the University of California Davis, before pursuing her professional designation. As a Certified Public Accountant licensed in both California and Nevada, and Principal of the firm, Michelle provides clients with exceptional service in many service areas including:
- Individual tax
- Partnership and corporate tax
- Estate planning and taxation
Important factors to Michelle’s career in public practice include meeting new and interesting people, learning about their businesses, forging new relationships, and sharing in a client’s success.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys mountain biking, running, hiking, skiing and traveling with her husband, Bob.
"The cohesiveness of the staff, the continual challenges provided, and commitment to quality service is what makes working at David, Johnson & Larsen, Ltd. a true pleasure."
Renee has been building lasting client relationships at David, Johnson & Larsen, Ltd. for over 22 years and enjoying the Tahoe lifestyle for almost 37 years. Born into a family serving the U.S. Air Force, Renee was privileged to live in and experience many parts of the United States as well as Germany and other surrounding countries, as her family moved from one location to another. Travels of her own would lead Renee to explore Lake Tahoe. A recommendation from Kerry's sister-in-law, Cheryl David would lead Renee to the firm of David, Johnson & Larsen, Ltd.
With a background in Business Administration and Accounting, Renee provides private client services including billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bookkeeping, QuickBooks related services and tax preparation support.
In her time away from the office, Renee enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, camping and gardening. Renee also still loves to travel.
"I have great respect for Kerry, Bill and Michelle and their work ethic is compatible with mine. I especially enjoy the small office atmosphere where we all work hard, support each other and have fun."
Amy has been with the firm for 15 years. She is the distinctive voice on the phone that clients know and love. Her organizational skills are an invaluable asset to the firm as well as our client base.
Originally from San Jose, California, Amy has spent the last 25 years in South Lake Tahoe. This area has a lot of opportunities for her love of the outdoors and photography. When she is not in the office, one might find her out with her camera or at Lake Tahoe Community College where she teaches traditional photography classes.
Kerry David and his family moved to Tahoe in 1973 for what was to be a short vacation and has been here ever since! Once the decision was made to stay in Tahoe, he was hired by the international certified public accounting firm, Harris, Kerr, Forster, to work in their Zephyr Cove office. After leaving HKF in 1976 to try his hand in the gaming industry at the Sahara Tahoe, Kerry quickly decided to return to public accounting in the summer of 1976. He was offered the position as a partner in the firm, Limb, Patterson, David & Co. and remained with that firm until he opened his own office in Zephyr Cove in 1979.
In 1982, Kerry was approached by Pannell, Kerr, Forster and asked to become a partner in their Reno based office. His practice was merged with PKF through 1984, and it was at this time that Kerry and Bill Johnson had the opportunity to first work together. Due to the costs of participating in an international firm, Kerry wihdrew from PKF to return to a solo practice. In 1986, Bill joined the firm, and he became a principal in 1993. Michelle Larsen joined us in 2002, and she became a principal of the firm in 2009. And the rest is History!
The principals of the firm, Kerry David, Bill Johnson, and Michelle Larsen, are all members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants. Kerry and Michelle are also members of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Our firm has been providing services to clients in the Lake Tahoe Basin for over thirty years.