Meet Our Team

Bruce Dunlap, CPA, CVA

Director

When it comes to helping clients with financial matters, Bruce Dunlap is an artist. Literally and figuratively. His background includes decades of experience as a CPA and a colorful history as an artist. Bruce began his career working as an auditor for Arthur Anderson in Los Angeles. He then got drafted and served two years in the Army. When he finished, he went back to school and studied art, and became part of a group of progressive young artists making waves in Southern California. There came a day, however, when his calling with numbers won out. He cut his hair and began his successful career that included becoming the managing partner of Heckenlaible, Apger, Paik and Jennings, and in 1989, starting his own firm, Dunlap Accountancy Corp. A remarkable mix of adventurous spirit and consistency, Bruce has been working with numbers in the same general neighborhood on Carmel Rancho Boulevard since 1974. In 2016, the next chapter in his story began, when he joined Hayashi Wayland.

Bruce specializes in:

Tax, estates and trusts, and business valuations.

He is known for:

Having a remarkable background with 40-plus years of experience as a CPA and for the professional and thoughtful way he works with clients.

His best capabilities are:

Working closely with clients in their later years regarding taxes, finances, social security issues and more.

What Bruce likes most about his job:

Bruce realizes that numbers aren’t everyone’s best subject, and that finances can become even more daunting in later years. He enjoys helping people who are struggling with the complexities of financial matters. Each day, Bruce gains satisfaction from making money matters easier, more understandable and more successful for clients.

He works work with:

Primarily, seniors in life.

Community-minded:

For years, Bruce has been actively volunteering throughout the community. He is a past board member of:

  • Carmel American Red Cross
  • Lyceum of Monterey
  • Carmel Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Monterey County
  • Sun Street Centers

Professional Affiliations and Credentials

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
  • National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of San Diego
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from UC Irvine
  • Master’s Degree in Fine Arts UC Irvine

What you may not know about Bruce…

After his successful stint as an artist in Southern California, Bruce ultimately decided that art would not be his meal ticket, numbers would. However, he remains a devoted art student, and enjoys seeing new and exciting art. Other remarkable feats and facts? Bruce practices yoga daily and is qualified to teach yoga classes! When he’s not in the office, enjoying art or in a life-enriching yoga pose, you might find him playing golf or walking (he walks about 10 to 20 miles per week). If by chance you travel to Colombia, keep an eye out. You might spot him on an annual trip to see his South American family, which includes two beautiful granddaughters.

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