Andrea Cope

Andrea Cope
BPM Partner

Residence:  Alameda.

Education:  A.O.S., California Culinary Academy; B.S., business administration – accounting, CSU, Sacramento.

Community involvement:  California Society of Certified Public Accountants chair; Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership immediate past chair; FWA; San Francisco Professional Food Society; NAREIT.

Proudest professional accomplishment:  Chair of CalCPA during our centennial year.

Advice for young women:  Stay technically strong in your field, have a firm handshake and be yourself.

Strategy for success in a tough economy:  Stay connected with your clients and contacts. Keep yourself healthy and know that the economy will recover.

What makes you influential:  I am a role model for young women interested in an accounting career. I can make tough decisions and still laugh with the best of them.

Julie WestJulie West
BPM Partner

Residence:  Belmont.

Education:  B.S., summa cum laude, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; certified public accountant

Community involvement:  Sand Hill Angels, sponsoring member; Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, finance committee; AICPA, member.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Making Partner before my 30th birthday.

Advice for young women:  Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want or to dream big. If your company values you they will make it happen!

Strategy for success in a tough economy:  Clients will never trade excellent service for the cheapest rate. Ask for an honest assessment of your performance and find a way to exceed expectations.

What makes you influential: I strive to be a role model for young woman, proving you can have a career while running marathons, taking time for family, and enjoying life.

Julie West