About Us



Holland & Associates is a Palo Alto based full service accounting firm that is managed and staffed by a team of experienced professionals who are committed to providing their clients with the highest level of professional accounting services available. Our firm distinguishes itself by providing ongoing creative and unique solutions for our clients’ diverse needs.

David P. Holland – Principal

David has over 25 years of public accounting experience and greatly enjoys helping individuals and businesses with their accounting needs. David’s areas of expertise include individual, trust and estate planning and compliance; compensation, stock option and benefit planning; business formation, taxation, and financial reporting. Among the industries he has served extensively are manufacturing, investment advisors, professional service related industries, construction and development, interior design firms, and non-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Utah State School of Accountancy and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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James Gouthier – Senior Accountant

James Gouthier, a native of Humboldt County, graduated from Humboldt State University in May 1998.  From graduation to his move to the bay area in 2007 he worked for a well-respected accounting firm in Eureka, CA.  He has provided tax and accounting services to individuals, businesses, estates and trusts, and exempt organizations for many years. Clients served in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, not-for-profit, technology, service providers, real estate professionals, construction, professional services, and government. He has performed many accounting services including entrepreneurial consultation, attest services, financial statement preparation, and court accountings. He has served as treasurer and advisor for local exempt organizations.  His goal is to provide quality services and build client relationships that extend well into the future.  During his personal time, James enjoys spending time with family, backpacking, woodworking, gardening, and cooking.

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Charlie Balquist – CPA

After earning his Masters degree from California State University at Hayward, Charlie Balquist began his accounting career with Price Waterhouse in San Jose.  Soon he moved on to some regional CPA firms in the south bay where he worked both as an auditor and as a tax preparer. As an auditor, he has worked with clients in such industries as technology, not-for-profits, waste management, and construction.  As a tax preparer, he has worked with a number of individual and small businesses. On a special temporary assignment, he successfully filed a 10-Q with the SEC for a publicly traded company. Charlie is both a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys sports, golf, movies, and traveling.

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Gopal Ghising – CPA

Gopal is a dedicated professional who enjoys helping clients with their tax and accounting needs. He has provided tax and accounting services to a number of high net-worth individuals, various business entities, and non-profit organizations. Gopal holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from San Francisco State University and a Master of Science in Taxation from California State University, East Bay. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. In his free time, he enjoys sports, spending time with family, and cooking.

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Kimberly Boyle – Accountant

After many years in the insurance industry, Kim’s love of numbers drew her to public accounting over 25 years ago. Kim works in all areas of small business accounting – from recordkeeping to tax compliance and maintaining employee benefits packages. She specializes in customizing computerized accounting solutions for a variety of industries and very much enjoys collaborating with business owners and their employees to develop processes that help manage and evaluate business operations more effectively. Kim’s time away from the office is usually spent traveling – especially to places where she can keep her Spanish in tune.

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