|Sent on:||Sunday, November 13, 2011 5:45 PM|
Karla Dennis – Founder and CEO, Cohesive
Early on, growing up amidst the tough, hardscrabble streets of Compton, California, Karla Dennis didn’t just dream of something better, she actively sought a way up and out; to motivate and move herself beyond settling for the ordinary or accepting peer pressure. Instead, she targeted the extraordinary. What Karla discovered in herself proved to be a unique talent and aptitude in a realm that usually drives people to fear and dread…tax codes.
Tightly directed and focused, working two jobs and paying her own way, Karla earned a master’s degree in taxation. She eventually achieved the high proficiency Tax Professional designation of Licensed Enrolled Agent. Rigorously tested and approved by the U.S. Treasury, Karla is licensed to tackle the toughest tax issues on behalf of individuals and corporations in all 50 states. Taking the challenge and risk of proprietorship, Karla began a tiny bookkeeping and tax service in 1990.
Due to diligence, quality and service, the firm grew. Larger quarters, more people followed. Cohesive is now a comprehensive tax strategy, accounting and consulting business, consistently growing and expanding service to a increasingly national client base. Cohesive achieved a robust growth for each of the last three years. Karla emerged personally as a sought after public presenter and speaker. She has been nominated for Outstanding Woman in Business by the Orange County Business Journal. She is now an author of two books “Against the Odds with Karla Dennis” and “Tax Storm” .
Today, Karla Dennis is actively sought as a tax expert by the media and has been quoted by Smart Money, CNBC, Consumer Reports and MSNBC. She actively speaks to various business leaders, executive organizations, trade groups, community factions and civic gatherings. Karla is a member of CEOSpace & Sr. Faculty Member of CEOSpace five annual Forums. She consistently involves herself with national, regional and local business, women’s associations, and area Chambers of Commerce. Her Cohesive Foundation prides itself in expanding financial education and literacy capabilities of youth in the community.
Oh yes, there is a personal side: In addition to her business, professional groups and civic involvement, Karla insures that she sets aside time to relish in the accomplishments of her family which proudly includes four sons…yes four sons. All of them attend top flight local schools and excel as scholars and athletes. She volunteers at her children’s school. And with four active sons and a passion for business and finances, she has been intensely engaged in a spectrum of sponsorships for youth activities, youth sports leagues (Cypress Youth Football), youth program fundraising, and Future Business Leaders of America.
How many women have actively sought such a difficult field as Taxation, founded a firm now sporting clients nationwide, developed a brand and an iconic public personality based on something most of us fear…taxes?
And she has a strong moral base, maintains a loving family, contributes strong community service and offers concepts to improve the next generation.