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Sensiba San Filippo Offers Holistic Approach to Ag Business

At Sensiba San Filippo, their top priorities are family, community and firm-in that order.

"In order to be successful, you have to meet your commitments, communicate and be kind," said John Sensiba, Managing Partner. "Our employees make their decisions on that model every single day."

The company was founded in 1977 by the late Steve San Filippo in San Carlos, California. Sensiba began with the company over 26 years ago as a tax manager and worked his way up through the ranks before ultimately being named managing partner in 2008. In 2009, the company changed their name to Sensiba San Filippo, and, in 2010, they moved their headquarters to Pleasanton. Their story of helping farmers is one that dates back nearly a century.

SSF always had their eye on the Fresno market due to their love for agriculture and Fresno State. They wanted to expand their agricultural practices and recruit Fresno State students. They finally made the jump by acquiring a smaller firm in 2017.

Today, they have offices in Pleasanton, Morgan Hill, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and Fresno with over 200 employees combined. Some of SSF's services include tax planning and compliance, financial reporting, large capital needs, planning and estate trust work, financial statements, audits, forecasting and education, among others.

Not only does SSF support agriculture and the farmers who feed America, but they also do their part to ensure a sustainable future. They became a Certified B Corporation with the belief and practice that people and the planet are the priority, and profit will follow. They are the only C.P.A. firm in California that is a Certified B Corporation. With a focus on sustainability, being a Certified B Corporation has helped with recruiting-especially millennials.

"Certified B Corporations are companies that are striving to be the best in the world by being the best for the world," said Sensiba. "We have been active in being a sustainable company for years and it made perfect sense to formally become a B Corporation."

At the end of the day, SSF wants to ensure their clients' success and happiness. They want to help them achieve their goals and leave behind a lasting legacy.

Sensiba San Filippo is a Fresno County Farm Bureau Friends of the Family Farm premium member.

"We joined Farm Bureau because we have a deep affection for agriculture and for the people who work and live in this industry," said Sensiba. "We understand the importance of healthy food, and we are excited to play in role in helping farmers and ranchers be successful."

By: Kayleena Speakman, August 2020