Certified Public Accountant & Owner
Steven Kurashima founded Kurashima and Associates in 1997, providing business consulting, tax and accounting services to owners of small to medium sized businesses. With over 35 years of business experience, Steve has helped small to large public companies meet the needs of its stakeholders. His primary focus today is helping owners and entrepreneurs fulfill their financial planning and retirement goals through effective strategies utilizing their businesses.
Prior to starting Kurashima and Associates, Steve was a Partner and Director of Asian Pacific Services for BDO Seidman, LLP, a worldwide accounting and auditing firm. He was associated with the firm from the time he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1978, assuming various positions within the firm including Director of Administration. From 1988 to 1991, Steve accepted a transfer and worked in the Tokyo office of BDO, working with many high profile companies including Sumitomo Bank, Kirin Breweries and Mitsubishi Trading. His service to the firm resulted in being awarded the BDO medal for exemplary service to the firm in 1993
Mayumi Katayama joined Kurashima and Associates in 2001 as an administrative assistant. She had more than 10 years of business experience in Japan in a variety of industries before joining Kurashima and Associates. She began to expand her knowledge of accounting and tax culminating in her qualification as an Enrolled Agent to practice before the Internal Revenue Service in 2012. Her primary interest and focus today is helping entrepreneurs to start their businesses and helping them in the process of growing, while maintaining administrative and regulatory compliance.
She enjoys walking, pilates and yoga in her free time.