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Donald R. Pesta, Jr., CPA

dpesta@pestafinnie.com

Donald R. Pesta, Jr., CPA, is the founding partner of the firm. Don graduated from Ohio Northern University with high honors in accountancy and law. Don joined Arthur Andersen's tax division in 1978, where he was promoted to manager in 1981 and partner in 1987. Don worked almost exclusively in Arthur Andersen's real estate practice. He was on the 20-partner firm wide Real Estate Industry Executive Team, which monitored national real estate industry issues and coordinated the firm's Carolina real estate practice.

Don is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has been an active participant in numerous real estate industry organizations. In addition to his extensive real estate industry experience, Don heads up the firm's litigation support practice, with a particular emphasis in partnership taxation. He also coordinates the firm's trusteeship services. Don is married to Cindy, has three children and four grandchildren. He enjoys baseball and has devoted numerous years of service to South Park Youth Baseball as a coach and commissioner.

NC CPA License #13025

David R. Finnie, CPA

dfinnie@pestafinnie.com

David R. Finnie, CPA, worked closely with Don Pesta during their years together at Arthur Andersen. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University and his Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Arizona. David joined Arthur Andersen's tax division in 1983 and was promoted to manager in 1987. He worked extensively in Arthur Andersen's Carolina real estate practice and also in the family wealth planning practice providing estate and gift planning services for high net worth families in the Carolinas.

David joined PFA in 1992 and became an equity partner a year later. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Charlotte Estate Planning Council where he recently served as chapter president. He also served as treasurer of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. David works with clients in a number of industries including real estate, telecommunications and intellectual property. David is married to Geraldine Anastasio and has two children. An avid golfer, David is a member at Carmel Country Club.

NC CPA License #14930

Mark Stevens, CPA

Mstevens@pestafinnie.com

Mark Stevens, CPA, is a 1993 graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in accounting. He also received his MBA degree with an emphasis in accounting from Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business.

Mark started his career with Ernst & Young prior to joining PFA in 1994. Mark works extensively with clients in the real estate industry and is a licensed North Carolina real estate broker. In addition to tax work, Mark also handles any real estate brokerage transactions for the firm's affiliated brokerage company, PFS Properties, LLC. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He served as the treasurer for the Charlotte chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and as a member of the Charlotte Certified Development Corporation. Mark is married to Kelly and has two children.

NC CPA License #23310

Lucy Nizinski, CPA

lnizinski@pestafinnie.com

Lucy Nizinski, CPA, began her career with Pesta, Finnie & Associates, L.L.P. in 1994. Lucy is a 1993 graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accountancy. She also earned her Master of Taxation degree from the University of South Carolina's Darla School of Business in 1994.

Lucy works extensively with clients in the commercial and residential real estate industries, as well as those in manufacturing, restaurant, and service businesses. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is very actively involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Lucy is married to Eric and has two children.

NC CPA License #24171