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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Lavorato & Darling, Inc. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Lavorato & Darling, Inc. is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Lavorato & Darling, Inc. is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Lavorato & Darling, Inc. receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

John Lavorato, CPA, Firm Principal

John graduated from San Jose State University in 1973 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. After working in private industry and passing the CPA exam, John joined the firm in 1978. In 1982, John became a shareholder. His education and training have allowed him to acquire a great deal of expertise in preparing and analyzing financial statements. In addition, he has acquired a large knowledge base in taxation in all areas to include individual, corporate, partnership,estate and trust taxation. On a personal level, he enjoys coaching youth baseball, which he has done on a regular basis for over fifteen years. John also is an active member of the Salinas Kiwanis Club and Son's of Italy.

Pamela E. Darling, CPA, Firm Principal

Pamela Darling has been with the firm since September 1984. Pam received her bachelors degree from the University California at Santa Barbara in 1975 in liberal arts. After joining the firm in 1984 she returned to school taking accounting courses at San Jose State University. Pam passed the CPA exam in 1988 and became a firm principal in 1991. While at Lavorato and Darling, Inc., Pam has had experience in many different areas of the accounting profession to include all aspects of taxation, accounting and financial statement preparation. In addition, she has developed a niche in the business valuation and litigation support area. Pam is a Quickbooks Pro adviser. She is, also, knowledgeable in the firm's own accounting software package, Client Bookkeeping Solution. Pam has been very active in the community serving on the Salinas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Salinas Valley Business Women's Board of Directors,as past president and board member, The Theater Arts Council of Hartnell College Foundation, Past President and board member of Castroville Rotary Club, Rotary International Assistant Governor and Area Representative, the League of Women Voters Board of Directors, the Steinbeck Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee and as a volunteer in many other community activities. Pam has recently taken up golf for relaxation and enjoys biking, hiking and quilting.

Diana Lavorato Staff Accountant / CPA Candidate

Diana graduated from San Jose State University in the spring of 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Business, concentration in accounting. She is a Salinas native and attended Salinas High School and Hartnell Junior College. Diana started work with the firm in May 2001. She is friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with. Her current professional goal is to pass the CPA exam and become licensed as a certified public accountant. Diana currently is serving on the Pony Baseball League Board of Directors and on the Salinas Valley Business Women's Network Board of Directors as treasurer. For fun, Diana coaches youth athletics in her spare time.

Steve Diamond Staff Accountant/ CPA Candidate

Steve is a 1984 graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration- Marketing. He spent nearly 20 years in the corporate world before pursuing advanced studies in accounting. With the completion and obtainment of an Advanced Certificate in Accounting from Golden Gate University, Steve embarked on his accounting career. Steve joined Lavorato & Darling in January 2010 and is currently studying for the CPA exam. Steve combines his knowledge of business, marketing and accounting to bring a unique viewpoint to the L&D team. A native of California, Steve enjoys scuba diving, working out, cooking and a good glass of wine.

Aida Figueroa

Aida graduated from California State University of Monterey Bay in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. She is from Watsonville, North Monterey County, where she has lived all her life. Aida started with the firm in 2014, while she was a student at California State University of Monterey Bay. Aida plans on using her experience at the firm to prep for the CPA exam. In her free time, she enjoys cycling and spending time with family; as well as volunteering in youth city league sports programs and other community volunteer oriented programs such as flag football and Relay for Life.

Wendy Renwick

Wendy graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentration in finance. She joined Lavorato & Darling in August 2014 after she and her husband moved to the Monterey Bay area. She enjoys working with the variety of clients at the firm. Prior to joining Lavorato & Darling, she was the Controller of a semiconductor company in Silicon Valley, where she worked for 13 years. She is definitely happy to now be putting down roots in this area! Wendy has a passion for voluntarism and has spent many years deeply involved with community service. She has served on various boards and committees in positions such as Vice President, Treasurer and Advisory Board Chairman, along with volunteering for many community activities and events. She was very active with the Junior League of San Jose for more than 10 years. Wendy is an avid golfer and in her spare time is often out on the course enjoying the walk and the fresh air. She also enjoys playing MahJongg, traveling and especially sharing time with family and friends.

Francesca Murphy, Office Manager

Francesca was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. She worked locally in the Dental Field for thirty years before moving to lively Nashville for several years. She returned to the Monterey Peninsula with a career change in mind. She started working at Lavorato & Darling Inc. in December of 2008 and feels it was absolutely the right choice. Francesca enjoys traveling, collecting fine wines, outdoor sports, and cooking.