Clay, Millias & Company is Antioch’s Small Business of the Year

Jim Clay, Vasili Millias, Lisa Kennedy and Janet Aceves

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce named accounting firm Clay, Millias & Company Small Business of the Year for 2011, at their annual gala on Friday night, March 9, 2012.

For many years, Clay, Millias & Company, has been supporting the community through their pro bono work on behalf of nonprofits. They have provided accounting services for approximately 18 local organizations.

The firm has been in existence for over 60 years and currently supports, on a pro bono basis, 12 nonprofits. Depending on the nonprofit needs, the Clay & Millias team, which includes Lisa Kennedy, prepares tax returns, payroll filings and Lisa is always willing go over and beyond to ensure their pro bono clients understand their books, accounting software and all that is needed to ensure their organization is in compliance with State and Federal laws. When there is a change in leadership in a nonprofit organization the Clay & Millias team is front and center to help go through the organization’s financials and teach the new executive director how to continue the business. It is amazing how quickly a nonprofit can get into hot water without the knowledge and support that the Clay Millias team provides.

Jim Clay received his Bachelors of Science degree from Armstrong College in Berkeley, California in June of 1980. After graduation he became employed with a local CPA firm in Pinole, CA until July of 1982 when he joined the practice. In 1983 he became a partner in the firm shortly after becoming a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to his public accounting experience he has been an instructor of Intermediate Accounting and Federal Taxation and other courses. Over the years he has also participated in various community service organizations and projects.

Vasili Millias graduated in 1982 with honors from California State University at Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Upon completion of his degree, Vasili was employed by Schrambling & Chu CPA’s as a tax accountant and auditor until 1984 in which he then went to work for Price Waterhouse. At Price Waterhouse, Vasili worked as an auditor and tax consultant for both individuals and businesses of various sizes.

Vasili joined the firm in 1989 and two years later he became a partner. With over 27 years of public accounting experience, Vasili has acquired a broad skill set that includes supervised auditing, computer consulting, and tax engagements for clients in a wide range of activities. These engagements have included companies’ large and small, in the fields of retailing, professional services, real estate, governmental, and non-profit entities. In addition to being a principal of the firm, Vasili is also a faculty member at both Diablo Valley Community College and Los Medanos Community College where he teaches courses in accounting and accounting computer software.

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