Managing Partner of Mark Schaefer Associates
Jim Schaefer, CPA, MBA is managing partner of Mark Schaefer Associates, a boutique CPA firm with a specialty in early stage technology and fast growth companies. He advises entrepreneurs, CEO’s and managers on financial issues including business funding, financial plans and projections, business valuations, mergers and acquisitions and management information systems. Jim’s special emphasis is in business strategies for increasing revenue, controlling costs and managing financial matters.
He is a founding member and past secretary of the Pasadena Angels, a 100 member angel investment group. Jim currently serves on the Board of MADIA Tech Launch that promotes the region’s technical, scientific and industrial workforce. He was a member of the Advisory Board and chair of the mentoring committee of the Business Technology Center incubator in Los Angeles County. Prior to joining Mark Schaefer Associates, he worked for one of the large international CPA firms now part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Jim has a BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from USC. He has taught Advanced Entrepreneurship to graduate engineering students at Cal State Long Beach and accounting and finance at University of La Verne. Currently he teaches the class on “Financial Tools for Business Growth” through UCLA Extension. Jim has been a guest speaker at various organizations and universities including USC and Caltech.