Stella M Shanovich

Assurance Office Managing Partner - Phoenix / BDO LLP

I am privileged to serve as the Office Managing Partner (Audit) for the Phoenix office of BDO LLP, an international accounting firm.  I work with clients in a variety of industries:  life sciences, manufacturing, distribution, retail, healthcare, technology and services, to name a few.  BDO provides audit, tax and consulting/ advisory services to clients all over the globe – from financial statement audits, to tax compliance services, to specialty services (e.g., R&D tax credit, cost segregation), internal audit, information technology risk consulting, transaction advisory services (buy and sell), valuation services, forensics and dispute resolution, etc.  I have a BBA from the University of New Mexico and am a licensed CPA in Arizona and New Mexico.

What I love most about my job is being able to BUILD … relationships, dynamic/diverse teams, culture, operational excellence, focus and the BDO brand.  In a busy world like ours, one of my biggest challenges (and opportunities) is integrating life in a way that allows me to help others unleash their full potential.

In the past, I have served as a chief financial officer of a medical laboratory, owned my own business to work my way through school, worked across the border in Juarez (maquiladora), and learned about customer service when I worked at Dairy Queen (yes, I learned to make the curly Q on the ice cream novelties and cones).

My husband, Patrick, and I have 4 children (all grown) and 6 grandchildren – ages 6 months to 15 years.  For almost 4 years now, we have been caring for two of those grandchildren and relearning what it means to care for and grow little ones.  Other things that are important to me are serving in my church and community, being a worship leader, and when Patrick and I get a chance to schedule “date” night, find a place with live music and do a little dancing.

I attended an AzBL function with Katie Scardello of Bank of America last year and loved the energy of the group!  I am excited to join and become involved in AzBL.