Michael Zermeño, CPA
, Accounting & Auditing

Practice Focus

Accounting, Financial Reporting, Audit, ESOPs, Plan Audits

Industry Expertise

Construction, Manufacturing, Distribution, Logistics
(951) 684-7781 ext. 137

Professional Experience

Michael Zermeño, CPA, works with privately held businesses in reviewing, auditing and preparing financial statements for compliance requirements, year-end and special requests. His practical approach and interest in using numbers and analysis to assemble a financial picture has allowed him to help clients better understand how accurate financials can help in planning and responding to the needs of the business.

Michael joined RP&B in 2012 and was admitted as shareholder in 2019. His experience with entrepreneurs along with his interest in working through accounting complexities, drew him to work with ESOP clients. Known for his keen attention to detail, Michael ensures that ESOP plans are accurately reported following GAAP and that processes are in place to maintain the recordkeeping required.

Michael has been working closely with entrepreneurs and the C-Suite for over 15 years helping them interpret financial results, make improvements and achieve their goals. He has spent the past seven years working with ESOP companies assisting them before, during and after their transactions. Michael takes an active role coordinating with all the professionals involved in the annual financial reporting process while he provides the services of preparing and auditing the company and plan financial statements.

With expertise in GAAP ESOP accounting and employee benefit plan audits, Michael speaks nationally at industry association meetings to further the understanding of the complexities and benefits of an ESOP.


California State University, San Bernardino – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Concentration

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CALCPA)
The ESOP Association (ESOP)
Construction Finance Management Association (CFMA)
National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)

Personal Note

A native of Washington State and resident of Riverside, Michael and his wife enjoy the California lifestyle. Weekends often find them camping and exploring the outdoors. And, when he needs a diversion, Michael tackles do-it-yourself “projects” like remodeling the kitchen.

Community Involvement

Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire
Olive Crest
Path of Life Ministries
Riverside Meals on Wheels
United Way of the Inland Valleys