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Hank Levy was recently appointed to fill the term of the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector, and plans to run for election in June 2018 in order to keep the job. Prior to that, he had become a partner in ELLO, LLC, an accounting and consulting firm dedicated to the cannabis industry. ELLO is affiliated with MGO CPAs, a leading California accounting firm and a top 100 firm in the United States. Prior to that, Levy founded The Henry Levy Group (HLG) in 1990 in the Rockridge section of Oakland. HLG grew to six offices and 35 employees. He also helped to found Bridge West, CPAs, a national network of accounting firms dedicated to the cannabis industry, in 2013. HLG obtained its first medical cannabis client in 1998. HLG and now ELLO have over 600 clients in this industry in California, Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, Nevada, DC, and Michigan.
Levy is a nationally-known speaker on accounting for cannabis clients, speaking on the 280E Reform Team with Steve DeAngelo (Harborside Health Center, Oakland) and Henry Wykowski, attorney in the Champ and Olive tax court cases).Levy was an expert witness in the Olive case in 2012, the Harborside tax court case in 2016, among others. He has also been a speaker at other cannabis-based conferences, and is often quoted in national news and cannabis trade publications. Levy has held faculty positions at various colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area; he is regularly appointed by the Superior Courts of California as a forensic expert, business appraiser and referee in family law, civil litigation and tax matters; and he holds credentials in business valuation and fraud examination. He also serves as a forensic and expert witness in litigation matters involving the cannabis industry.
Levy has been continually involved in professional and community service, and is a member of the Alameda County Assessment Appeals Board and director on numerous various non-profit boards; he is also a past president of the East Bay Chapter of CalCPA, past chair of the local advisory board of the local Pacifica radio station, and past member of the City of Oakland Business Budget Advisory Committee. Levy is trained as a professional mediator and is a baseball umpire at the youth, high school, college and adult men’s levels.