Firm Leadership

John Bessolo, CPA, MS, PFS

Partner

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John Bessolo has more than 40 years of experience helping high-net-worth individuals and businesses.  His clients draw on his experience in financial planning, estate planning and taxation, income taxation and wealth-management services.  In 2011, the San Fernando Business Journal recognized him with its highest honor as the region’s “Most Trusted Advisor.”

His career began with Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young.  While at Ernst & Young, John was an important member of the firm’s Entrepreneurial Services Group and was also a co-director of the firm’s Personal Financial Counseling Specialty Group in the Los Angeles office.  Prior to co-founding Bessolo|Haworth, he also spent 15 years as a partner in a 120-person CPA firm. 

John holds a BS degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and an MS in taxation from Golden Gate University.  He is designated as a Personal Financial Specialist from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) and is a Registered Investment Advisor.  John is a member of the AICPA and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

John travels between the firm’s Sherman Oaks and San Rafael offices and enjoys sailing in the San Francisco Bay.  To contact John, click here.


LARRY HAWORTH, CPA

PARTNER

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Larry Haworth has practiced accounting, auditing and taxation for more than 40 years.  He has extensive experience providing accounting, auditing, taxation, financial planning, and forensic-accounting services to a wide variety of closely held middle-market companies. In 2012, the San Fernando Business Journal named him one of the region’s “Top 25 CPAs.”

Prior to co-founding Bessolo|Haworth, he was a Partner in a 120-person firm. While at this firm, Larry implemented and led the firm’s accounting and auditing standards committee, which set policy standards for the firm’s audit practice.  He also led the firm’s staff recruitment and development programs. 

Haworth received his BS degree in accounting from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is a member of the audit committee of the Valley Economic Development Center and a member of the advisory board of Firm Foundation. 

When he’s not attending UCLA football games at the Rose Bowl and in other cities, you can find Larry on the golf course. To contact Larry, click here.


PEGGY CLARK, CPA, MS

PARTNER

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Peggy Clark has more than 30 years of experience as a public accountant plus 10 years of experience as a commercial lending executive.  She provides expert service in accounting, auditing, taxation, and financial planning to a wide variety of closely held middle-market companies and their owners.  In 2008, Peggy was nominated for a Woman in Business award by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

Prior to joining Bessolo|Haworth, she served in Ernst & Young’s audit department and was a member of the firm’s Entrepreneurial Services Group.  After leaving Ernst & Young, Peggy was recruited to join a 120-person CPA firm where she was a principal.   For 10 years prior to entering the accounting profession, she was employed by a national bank as a vice president in the commercial lending department.  In 2008, Peggy joined Bessolo|Haworth as a partner. 

Peggy received a BS in business administration from the University of Southern California and an MS in taxation from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Peggy is a member of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of Southern California and formerly served as a member of the Club’s board of directors and served as its secretary.    

In her spare time, Peggy actively enjoys raising and caring for English Cocker Spaniels.  To contact Peggy, click here.


CHRIS LAUG, cpa, ms

PARTNER

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Chris Laug has more than 15 years of experience in public accounting focusing on individual, estate and trust planning and taxation. Upon graduation, Chris was recruited by a 120-person CPA firm where he received his CPA and was trained in taxation and auditing.  He joined Bessolo|Haworth as a manager in 2008 and was promoted to partner in 2017. 

Laug received a BS degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and an MS degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

Chris enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his daughter’s soccer team. To contact Chris, click here.


ELENA FONTILLAS

OFFICE MANAGER

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Elena Fontillas has over 15 years of experience in the professional services industry primarily, accounting and management consulting firms.  She serves as the firm’s office manager and leads the operations, administration and human resources functions.  She joined Bessolo|Haworth during the firm’s formation in 2007 after serving in an administrative capacity with a 120-employee CPA firm. 

Elena was nominated for a Woman in Business award from the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and recently completed coursework as a Bookkeeping Specialist from the University of California Los Angeles Extension program. 

She enjoys traveling with her two sons and is an avid CrossFitter.