Meet The Team

RBTK PARTNERS

Kris Rosner
Of Counsel

Kris Rosner

Kris has been practicing and serving clients since 1976. The first five years of his career were spent with Touche Ross & Company, a Multi-National CPA firm, as a Tax Supervisor responsible for managing the tax services provided to clients in a variety of industries. Kris has provided tax and financial services to RBTK’s clients since 1981 and is primarily responsible for coordinating and managing the tax consulting practice of the firm.

Kris has significant expertise in tax compliance; planning and consulting focused on strategies to minimize taxes while maximizing the economic and long-term benefits to clients.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, San Diego State University

Certification: Certified Public Accountant by the California Board of Accountancy

Lorie Keller
Partner

Lorie Keller

Lorie has been practicing and serving clients of the firm since 1989 and was admitted as partner in 2002. Lorie’s responsibilities include the management and coordination of RBTK’s tax compliance practice.

Lorie has significant expertise in providing tax return preparation services focusing on ensuring that tax regulatory reporting requirements are met for clients, including multi-state tax issues and filings. Lorie reviews the majority of corporate tax return filings, administrates electronic filing processes, monitors quarterly filing requirements, manages responses to agency inquiries and coordinates the tax administrative process.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, National University

Certification: Certified Public Accountant by the California Board of Accountancy

Scott Trendel
Partner

Scott Trendel

Scott has been practicing and servicing RBTK’s clients since 2000 and was named a Partner in 2010. Scott spent the first part of his career working as an Assistant Controller for a large construction firm before joining RBTK. Scott’s experience as an Assistant Controller provided him the practical experience of implementing systems, procedures and managing the detail accounting functions.

Scott is responsible for managing the audit and accounting practice of the firm.

Scott has significant expertise in managing, conducting and performing audit and accounting services. He takes great care and concern to make sure that the audit and accounting services are well planned in order to efficiently and effectively perform the engagement and minimize the impact on the clients’ personnel.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Davis; Certificate of Accountancy, UCSD Extension

Certification: Certified Public Accountant by the California Board of Accountancy; CCIFP Certification

Ashlynn Ball
Partner

Ashlynn Smothermon

Ashlynn joined RBTK in 2008 as a senior Staff Accountant, and since then has been promoted to Accounting Supervisor, Accounting Manager and most recently named a Partner at the firm. She is responsible for coordinating and managing accounting and audit services for RBTK clients and takes great pride in building and maintaining the relationships she’s help to build with them over the years.

Prior to RBTK, Ashlynn was an audit associate at KPMG and a staff accountant at Fair, Anderson & Langerman.

When not in the office, Ashlynn is a talented singer and enjoys anything and everything with the outdoors. She enjoys RBTK’s interesting diverse client roster and the firm’s balanced work/life principles.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Economics, University of Redlands

Certification: Certified Public Accountant by the California Board of Accountancy; CCIFP Certification

Kevin Brown
Managing Partner

Kevin Brown

Kevin is a native of San Diego and has been practicing and serving clients since 1982. The first six years of his career were spent with KPMG Peat Marwick, a Multi-National CPA firm, as an Audit Manager responsible for managing and coordinating audits in the financial services, real estate, government and not-for-profit industries. Kevin has provided financial, tax and consulting services to RBTK’s clients since 1990 and is responsible for the overall management and strategic planning services of the firm.

Kevin has significant expertise in providing business, strategic planning and consulting services to our clients with a focus on their overall business and individual goals. Through his work with clients Kevin has developed strong relationships with banks, bonding and insurance companies and legal professionals. These relationships provide a tremendous value assisting clients in various aspects of their practice.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, San Diego State University

Certification: Certified Public Accountant by the California Board of Accountancy


RBTK STAFF


RBTK MANAGERS

Natalie Elser
Tax Manager

Justin Byrne
Tax Director

Justin Byrne

Justin has been using his financial expertise to service clients for nearly two decades. Prior to joining RBTK in 2001, Justin was an accountant for a private trust for five years. He joined RBTK as a staff accountant and worked his way up to a tax supervisor, and now he is a tax manager for the firm.

As tax manager, Justin is responsible for preparing and reviewing federal and state income taxes for RBTK’s clients and leading RBTK staff to manage all client accounts.

Originally from Maryland, he moved to San Diego when he was eight-years old. He enjoys the diverse client roster at RBTK and the collaborative nature of the firm.

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, San Diego State University;
Master of Science Degree in Taxation, San Diego State University

Certification: Certified Public Accountant by the California Board of Accountancy