About the SMD Team



Sean founded SMD on the steadfast belief that small business owners want and need advice and strategy to minimize taxes, increase work/life balance, improve cash flow, and plan for the future. He aggressively pushes SMD forward in new and innovative ways to further add value to the lives of small business owners. That sounds like what adults do, right? However, if you get to know him, he’s also the same guy that will eat 20 cookies, wear a Storm Trooper suit of armor at a charity event, don the Mickey Mouse ears at Disney World, throw temper tantrums when the Chargers lose a game, and occasionally go on 15+ hour video game binges. Anyone that has met Sean knows that he is passionate about a lot of things. While the silly sometimes outweighs the serious, those close to him understand his enthusiasm for helping business owners succeed while still focusing on his first job as husband and dad. MTFBWY

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Accounting Services Manager

Sergeant First Class Kirk (US Army Reserves) likes to be called the Princess of QuickBooks. Repairing client QuickBooks messes is where she shines. Of course, if you need a car or Apache helicopter repaired, she can probably jump in and do that for you too. Don’t let the Army thing fool you. Leslie’s a big teddy bear with an even bigger heart. She genuinely cares for SMD clients and establishes a rapport like no one else. With over 30 years working at public accounting firms (none better than SMD, of course), Leslie brings a wealth of knowledge to any situation. After 2 overseas deployments with the reserves, anything you throw at her is like a vacation as far as she’s concerned. Now let’s do that Al Pacino impression together: Hoo-ahhhhh!!


Director of Operations

Alisha is SMD’s Wonder Woman. She doesn’t always wear the tiara when she works, but we know it’s there in spirit. Alisha not only keeps the rowdy bunch of SMD maniacs under control, but also she proactively directs all of the major innovation that occurs here. A lasso of truth around any SMD team member would reveal how vital Alisha is to the success, growth, and processes of the company. We believe she developed these super powers managing the most frenetic sports schedule for her son we have ever seen. Baseball, basketball, lacrosse, football… you name it. She makes things happen. Alisha clearly has super powers that keeps everyone on track while still being the most fun and welcoming person you’ve ever met. When they make a movie about her life, Charlize Theron will have her hands full keeping up with OUR leading woman.

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Business & Tax Consultant

Imported to the state of Texas from Atlanta, Darius is in the process of hanging up his football cleats for an accountant’s pocket protector. He has already earned team MVP in college and rookie of the year in arena football, so he now wants to find a way to win an award as an accountant by scoring as many victories as he can for SMD’s clients. Darius has been specializing in cleaning up client books in Quickbooks, preparing federal and state income tax returns, and mooching lunch off of others. If you need assistance with the first two areas, feel free to drop him a line. If you don’t believe me about the third one … you have been warned.

Larry D. West, III

Business & Tax Consultant

Larry D West III, the founder of L. West Enterprises LLC, comes from the great white north, the land of the cheese, the dairy capital of the U.S., the home of the Lambeau Leap, the winter wonderland known as Wis-Kahn-Sen. Larry fits right in with the eclectic SMD bunch by balancing his tax nerd side with his commitment to his family and his creative side. When he has a spare moment from trying to convince little Larry IV that Lebron is better than Jordan (he’s not), Larry might be found writing short stories, performing poetry, or coaching/mentoring young professionals (a.k.a. “the Millennials”). We are very lucky to have Larry bring his tax and coaching expertise to the SMD Team, and we are especially eager to hear some “performance poetry”. I’m sure there’s an “Ode to Aaron Rodgers” inside of him waiting to burst forth in rhyme.

Suzanne Palasek

Company Administrator

Suzanne has been known to make others look good through the lens of a camera. She continues that theme here at SMD. She makes the whole company look good through welcoming every client, employee, and guest with grace and ease. That, of course, is when she’s not chauffeuring all over town between martial arts, baseball, volunteering, and various other activities. You parents know what THAT’S like! I want to point out something crazy about Suzanne, but she’s a much better person than the rest of us weirdos. She balances our crazy.