Michael T. Briley

Michael Briley


Michael T. Briley, CPA, CGMA

Managing Partner

Mike wears many hats and looks to the future. He began working at Hayashi Wayland in 1988, and today, serves as Managing Partner. He spends the majority of his time guiding the firm’s operations and long-term strategy.

Mike specializes in:
A vast range of disciplines. He works with every department and oversees every aspect of the firm. He also does considerable work in the audit arena for non-profit and for-profit clients, and provides tax and consulting services.

He is known for:
Being a keen listener and for having good insight into the overall financial operations of clients. He’s especially gifted at communicating his insights to owners, board members and to those who may not have a strong accounting or finance background.

He works with:
Individuals, small businesses, large agriculture companies, private schools and nonprofits.

His best capabilities are:
Being an excellent listener, visionary and strategist. He spends time learning about what clients want and need. He sees the big picture and maintains empathy for all parties. He also communicates in a meaningful and effective way.

What Mike enjoys most about his job:
Helping people advance. He works to understand and process complex financials and organizational challenges and uses his insights to help his clients, partners and staff. He enjoys helping others achieve greater success personally and professionally.

Outside of work, Mike shares his talents with educational organizations. Mike is currently the Treasurer of the Hartnell College Foundation where he also serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also the Chair of the Business Advisory Council of the California State University Monterey Bay School of Business where he helped develop an accounting concentration. He is a former Board Member of Christians in Commerce, Salinas Valley Chapter and a former coach for the Varsity girls basketball team at Notre Dame High School, Salinas.

Mike’s a winner:
In 2011, CSUMB honored Mike with their Business Leadership Award.

Professional Affiliations and Credentials:
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Fresno.

What you may not know about Mike…
He’s been married to his wife Ann for more than 35 years, has five children and a full life. And here’s another little-known nugget: prior to becoming a star in the accounting realm, Michael aspired to be a rock star, and played in several bands. Ultimately, his self-described “lack of talent” led him to choose debits and credits over rock and roll. These days, he assumes the role of groupie listening to his children play music. He also enjoys watching (and yelling) at the San Francisco Giants and 49er games, and relaxing in the Sierras near a river or lake.