History of Shannon & Associates independent accounting and consulting firms

Over Half A Century Of Accounting Services

Every Web site has an About page, and, certainly, if you’re shopping for accounting services, learning about an accounting firm is critical. So we’ll sum it up and let you see at a glance that our certified public accountants deliver the accounting services and consulting you must have to succeed.


It surprises even us when we think about our long history: we have been serving businesses like yours for over 50 years. Throughout the northwest states and locally from Seattle to Bellingham, Kent to Covington, Auburn to Federal Way, we have an unbeatable track record as certified public accountants and management consultants. We have been peer reviewed on seven occasions and have received an unqualified report with no letter of comment every time.


Today, we have 30 full-time employees, three of whom are partners. The structure of our business means any employee has the potential to work their way up to a partner position. That, combined with a challenging and stimulating work environment, means employees rarely leave our accounting firm for other positions. (In fact, it happens so rarely, it catches us off guard when it does!)

Low staff turnover that means stability for you: Our small size lets us develop long-term relationships with our clients. It allows us to really get to know your company and, therefore, to make recommendations informed by your current needs and your future goals. Our lasting strength lets you know that the consultant you’ve come to rely on will be around for the long haul.


On the other hand, we’re large enough to have a full team of accountants on staff, all with their own areas of financial and industry expertise. In fact, we’re listed among the top 25 accounting firms in the entire Puget Sound area by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Every service we offer is delivered by an accountant with a track record proven by experience. In addition, our specialization in the construction, wholesale/distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit, financial institutions and retail sectors makes us an invaluable partner for those businesses.

To really succeed, you need an accountant who can also act as your management consultant. You need a partner who understands the financial ramifications of your business decisions, one who can help you think long term by offering insight into future planning while keeping you current on ever-changing tax laws and regulations. You need Shannon & Associates.

Trusted partnerships for peak performance

As a locally owned South King County CPA firm, Shannon & Associates is small enough to take a personal, one-on-one approach to managing your financial needs. Our big-picture business capabilities are designed to offer a comprehensive strategy to handle every aspect of your company’s finances – from accounting and auditing to employee benefits and retirement planning.

When you partner with Shannon & Associates, the results can be extremely profitable. The size of our accounting firm and our attention to forming strong, trusted business relationships is what give us – and our clients – a competitive edge. And we excel in helping our clients realize their true potential by allowing them to focus on their most important goals: growth and financial stability for today – and the future.


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Nexia International
  • Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)

Trusted Partnerships for peak performance


TLS Group – About us

TLS Group Madrid

About us

We are a young team and we work for young people. Our team has got over 50 people, including London, Madrid and Barcelona.

In the past year, we have grown 300% in the number of beds and we are still growing to improve your service. Our added value is that we offer a wide range of convenience services to students and young professionals. Nuestro valor diferencial son los servicios personalizados para estudiantes y jóvenes profesionales.

Our ultimate goal is that you live an unforgettable experience with our TLS community.

Join us!
Do you want to work with us?

Join the TLS Group team is easy. Simply send us an email telling us a bit about yourself, about the area in which you want to work and your home university. We will try to get you the position that best suits you.

Bradley John Haddy Attorney At Law: Eagan DUI DWI Lawyer

If you are charged with a DUI/DWI in Minnesota, it is crucial that you speak with a driving under the influence attorney as soon as possible. You are subject to charges in criminal court and may lose your license in the corresponding administrative procedure. Call an experienced DWI defense attorney who can help you in both cases.

Call Bradley John Haddy, Attorney at Law, in the Twin Cities. I defend people charged with drinking and driving charges. If you are a commercial driver or regular vehicle driver, I can help you. Contact me for a free initial consultation about your DWI or DUI charge.

Contact Bradley John Haddy for a free consultation.

800-523-4645 FREE (Office) or 651-905-4453 (Cell).

Phone answered 24 hours a day.

St. Paul Drunk Driving Attorney

The court date for your driving while intoxicated criminal charge may still be months away, but you have only a limited time to request the driver’s license forfeiture hearing:

  • The illegal blood alcohol level in Minnesota is .08 for a regular driver, and .04 for a limousine, truck driver or cab driver.
  • Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for a provisional license or work permit.
  • The outcome of your criminal charge depends on your field sobriety test or blood alcohol level and the number of prior offenses. I will work toward a reduction in the charges against you.
  • I examine the police report and all the evidence to determine if the stop was proper. I look at the nuances of the Breathalyzer and whether it was calibrated properly and administered by a trained officer.

Time is of the essence when it comes to DWI and DUI charges. Drunk driving charges are often mistakes made by good people. I respect the dignity of all my clients regardless of the charge. I want you to keep your license and lessen your criminal penalties.

Contact me for a free initial consultation. I accept all major credit cards and offer competitive rates. Spanish, sign language and Somali-speaking translation services are available. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Proposed savings accounts would help private schools

We live in a complex, diverse democracy whose independence is maintained to a great extent through an educated electorate. Ignorance is not democracy’s friend.

That’s why the U.S. public has been a strong supporter of public schools. In every town, city and state, maintenance and improvement of public schools are always a subject of political debate because they are considered so fundamental to our democracy — to say nothing of the well-being and continued prosperity of our people.

Public schools are, and should remain, secular, providing a good education to people of all religions and cultures, favoring none over others, benefiting religious and non-religious people. Unlike many countries in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, U.S. governments by design provide very limited direct assistance to religious schools.

But like many people today, immigrants in the last and previous centuries wanted schools that also helped maintain their faith, and so besides supporting at great added expense the public schools that their children do not attend, Lutherans, Jews, Catholics, and members of many faiths established schools to do just that.

For people in 23 counties in southwest Iowa, the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines runs 17 schools, which have about 4,700 students in 15 elementary schools and 1,600 students in two high schools. Most of the students are Catholic, but many are not. Recognizing that they are the primary educators of their children, many parents want the quality education these schools provide, as well as the discipline, security and order that characterize Catholic schools.

Catholic schools focus on research-based practices that are highly effective, and they are uniquely positioned to successfully integrate and exceed the Iowa Core Curriculum. Catholic school students, who provide widespread community service with the goal of stimulating life-long habits, consistently score above the Iowa Assessments and ACT state and national averages. Five of our diocese’s 17 schools have been designated as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education for overall excellence.

But the schools are becoming more expensive to maintain, and federal and state governments, and local school districts, have recognized the value in some limited assistance. Religious and other non-public schools provide an alternative to public schools, affording the healthy benefits that alternatives usually bring. The burden on public schools, especially in smaller districts, would be much greater without them.

Important limited support provided these schools has included the 65 percent tax credit initiated by the Iowa Legislature in 2006. In the case of our diocesan schools, Iowans donate to the Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO), to which $3.2 million was contributed in 2014, to provide scholarships to Catholic schools for low income families.

Now under a legislative proposal known as the “Education Savings Account”, the state would deposit an amount each academic year in a fraud-protected account that the parents of K-12 children not enrolled in a public school could access for tuition, fees, and tutoring. The parent could use the funds each year and anything remaining after high school graduation could be used for college or university education within Iowa.

The amount placed in the parent special account would be the same as the average basic state aid for a public school student. Public school income includes this basic state aid (currently an average of about $5,600) plus other levies, local property taxes and various other federal funds, and public schools would continue to receive the state money for students actually enrolled in the public school.

Some worry that limited support of religious schools will somehow undermine public schools, that it amounts to creeping state support for religion. But we estimate that for no more than an additional 4 percent of the current government spending on K-12 education, the state could help maintain an alternative education that continues to benefit all Iowans, not just those who send their children to non-public schools.

The Diocese of Des Moines and I personally support strong public schools and the special referenda and other responsible tax levies for public education. But we also advocate for parental choice in education and in the present environment, we do not want our Catholic schools to become preserves for the elite or wealthy. The Education Savings Account would help avoid that.

RICHARD PATES is the bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines. Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 25-31.

Westward : PRESS

Westward has been featured in publications and broadcasts locally and around the world. highlights include: GQ, Sunset, Coastal Living, Limite Magazine, USA Today, Huffington Post, Travels With Andrew McCarthy, Restaurant Design Digest, Restaurant Insider, Tasting Table, Gallivant, King 5, KIRO 7, KOMO 4, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and many more.

* Bon Appetit Magazine

September 2014

* GQ Magazine

March 2014

* Delta Sky Magazine

March 2014

* Sunset Magazine

April 2014

* Seattle Magazine

June 2014

* Seattle Metropolitan    Magazine

April 2014

* Coastal Living Magazine

May 2014

* Where Magazine

November 2013

* The New York Times

September 2014

* James Beard Foundation Awards

Outstanding Restaurant Design Finalist

* Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Awards

Zeitgeist Award

* USA Today

10 Best Foodie Spots In Seattle

* Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

50 Best Dishes of 2013

* Bon Appetit 2014 Awards

Top 10 New Restaurants In America

* GQ Magazine 2014 Awards

Top 25 Best New Restaurants In America


Bennett Jones Lawyers and Advisors Group Manufacturing

Manufacturers must negotiate tight margins, rising costs, global competition and the territorial barriers of local and national taxes and international treaties. The market intelligence and legal knowledge of Bennett Jones allows our manufacturing clients to manage the outside influences and maintain a commercially viable business.

We advise clients in regard to:

– Financing

– Public offerings and securities

– Mergers, acquisitions and dispossessions

– Corporate commercial matters and corporate governance

– Product regulation and liability

– Restructuring

– Commercial litigation

– Purchase and sale of manufacturing operations

– International trade, including Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) matters

– Competition and antitrust matters

– Employment matters

– Protecting proprietary processes and other intellectual property

– Equipment financing and leasing


– PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., as Monitor of Poseidon Concepts Corp. in its cross-border Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act (”CCAA”) proceedings, including in its Court sanctioned role of taking proceedings against Poseidon’s directors and auditors to recover additional funds for the estate.

– National class actions against Hyundai and Kia settled in parallel with U.S. proceedings, for up to $70 million plus options.

– TerraVest Capital Inc., in connection with its $54 million acquisition of Gestion Jerico Inc., a Quebec-based commercial and residential tank manufacturing company, from Clarke Inc. and 9202-2599 Quebec Inc.


Climate Change Policy and Competitiveness (April 16, 2014)

Jurisdictions are attempting to design and implement climate change policies in a manner that addresses economic competitiveness and prevents the relocation of affected industries (i.e., to jurisdictions with less onerous carbon requirements). Some existing carbon pricing programs in North America (e.g., California, Quebec, RGGI) and globally (e.g., EU) include mechanisms designed to deal with these competitiveness and leakage risks. Alternative mechanisms have also been proposed and analyzed, such as Border Carbon Adjustments (BCAs). This seminar reviewed and explored recent analyses and learnings from economic, legal and practical perspectives, towards reconciling the carbon pricing-competitiveness challenge. The event should be of interest to a broad range of policy makers, businesses, trade associations, and academics. This seminar was presented by IETA, Centre for European Policy Studies and Bennett Jones LLP.

Bennett Jones Launches Canadian Anti-Spam Information Site (January 22, 2014)

In response to the long-awaited regulations pertaining to the Canadian government’s anti-spam legislation, Bill C-28, Bennett Jones LLP has created a one-of-a-kind informational site designed to help businesses and individuals plan a comprehensive compliance strategy.

Ranjan Agarwal Interviewed about General Motors of Canada Ltd. v Johnson in Law Times (November 11, 2013)

In the Law Times (Vo. 24, No. 36) article, “Appeal Court Decision on Poisoned Workplace Claims a Win for Employers,” Ranjan Agarwal is interviewed about the decision in General Motors of Canada Ltd. v Johnson and how it may embolden companies that approach human rights complaints in good faith. Ranjan is quoted, “There is a way to meet your human rights obligations and at the same time be firm about returning to work. This case is a good, strong signal that the law will protect you if you do those things.”


Increased Use of Summary Disposition in the Federal Court: An Efficient and Cost-Effective Tool to Resolve Trademark Cases (December 15, 2014)

For many years, summary disposition was essentially unavailable in intellectual property cases in the Federal Court of Canada, unless a claim or defence was plainly devoid of merit. For some parties, this presented a disincentive to advance meritorious claims where the costs of litigation would exceed what was likely to be recovered.

Bennett Jones Spring 2014 Economic Outlook (June 10, 2014)

While the geo-political landscape has changed somewhat since our November 2013 Economic Outlook, the outlook for global economic growth has not changed much. We continue to project real global growth of about 3.5 percent in each of 2014 and 2015. However, the international and industrial composition of that growth will change somewhat in 2014 and 2015. Growth in 2016 is projected to be about 3.5 percent but with further changes in composition which may have important implications for Canada.

In section I, we describe the most important features of the global outlook to 2016. In section II, we present the outlook for a two-speed Canada in the context of the outlook for global growth and most importantly in the context of the ongoing structural changes in the Canadian and provincial economies. In this section, we also examine possible policy responses to the structural challenges. As usual, in the final section we examine the outlook for global trade with particular attention to the challenges we face in Canada.

Prison Sentence in Air India Bribery Scheme Sends Deterrent Message to Canadian Executives (May 25, 2014)

On May 23, Nazir Karigar, an agent of Cryptometrics Canada Inc. (Cryptometrics), was sentenced to three years in federal prison under Canada’s foreign bribery statute. Mr. Karigar was convicted last August of conspiring to pay approximately $450,000 to India’s Minister of Civil Aviation and officials of Air India, a state-owned enterprise, in an attempt to win a multi-million dollar contract for Cryptometrics to supply security systems to Air India. Mr. Karigar was convicted largely on the evidence of another Cryptometrics executive, who was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his cooperation. Karigar had unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate immunity for himself, and instead became the focus of the prosecution.