Department of Economics

Simon Hase

  • Graduated: 2006
  • Field: Accounting, Management/Entrepreneurship

Simon Hase(opens in new window), who graduated from Chico State in 2006 with a BA in Economics (International Economics) and a BS in Business Administration (Financial Management), founded and manages his own accounting firm, Kaufmann Advisors(opens in new window), in San Francisco, California. After graduation, he moved to San Francisco, just as the housing crises was beginning to hit the financial industry and affect the entire economy. Although it was tough time, Simon was able to find continuous work in the accounting and bookkeeping fields, eventually working full-time for a small business consulting firm. He decided that helping business owners would be his new career field and so he enrolled in online courses at Foothill College(opens in new window) in order to fulfill the accounting requirements of the Certified Public Accountant(opens in new window) (CPA) license.

In 2013, Simon started his own accounting and tax firm, Kaufmann Advisors. Since then, Simon has built up a team of bookkeepers and accountants to help business owners manage their finances, have more control and insight in their business and be more strategic about the taxes that they pay

Additionally, through a partnership with the Small Business Administration(opens in new window), he has given lectures and workshops across the country to hundreds of business owners on the topics of small business accounting and taxes as well as using QuickBooks(opens in new window) to organize their financial data.

Simon believes that his life experiences at Chico State allow him to relate to business owners and entrepreneurs that he works with on a daily basis. He also feels that his degree in economics has helped him continue to understand how the world works and how national policy interacts with business, trade, foreign exchange and international relationships. Simon is able to bring this insight to his business clients, which also gives him an edge over other accountants.

Not always an accountant, before college, Simon served in the US Army as a linguist and attended the prestigious Defense Language Institute(opens in new window) in Monterey, CA. He speaks six languages and enjoys reading, traveling and creating new experiences. (Last Updated 7/13/17)