Sara Farina, CPA, MSA
Experience: As the assurance technical leader for Plante Moran’s real estate and construction industry, I collaborate with clients and engagement teams on assurance, accounting, and financial reporting matters. Clients appreciate my practical approach to analyzing and proposing solutions to technical issues and my ability to articulate complex topics in a straightforward manner. My clients span all segments of the real estate and construction industries, including REITS and funds, operators and developers, housing and community development, and contractors.
With almost 20 years of experience, I’m asked to speak to clients, prospects, and referral sources on complex technical topics or new accounting pronouncements, such as lease accounting and consolidation. I belong to the AICPA, the Illinois CPA Society, and CREW Chicago. I earned my B.S. and M.S. in accountancy from Northern Illinois University.
Outside of the office, I try to keep up with my daughters (I’m currently in my “gymnastics mom” and “soccer mom” eras), I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and most recently have been honing my home renovation skills (Joanna Gaines, watch out!).