Gilroyan joins top area accounting firm

GILROY
– Longtime Gilroyan Patty Chantler, manager of Ireland San
Filippo’s Gilroy office, has been named partner of the Bay Area top
10 accounting firm.
GILROY – Longtime Gilroyan Patty Chantler, manager of Ireland San Filippo’s Gilroy office, has been named partner of the Bay Area top 10 accounting firm.

The appointment makes Chantler, 46, the first female partner of the firm, which also has offices in San Jose, Mountain View, Fremont and South San Francisco.

However, Chantler, who enjoys working with people as much as she loves crunching numbers, said she believes she was selected first for her accomplishments and second for her gender.

“It’s not probably so much as being a woman,” she said. “It’s having 16 other people that feel you are what they want in a fellow partner. You have the same traits, characteristics and core values. I just happen to be a woman.”

Born in England, Chantler’s family lived in the Pacific Northwest before settling in Gilroy more than 30 years ago. She said the wide open spaces appealed to her parents, who had horses.

Chantler graduated from Gilroy High School in 1974. Her husband, David, is a third-generation Gilroyan.

Chantler earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Jose State University and has worked in Gilroy for 19 years in the financial services industry. In 1995, she joined ISF, which for the past 28 years has offered consulting, financial reporting, tax and business services to clients in a variety of industries.

Chantler started out as a staff accountant before climbing the ranks as a tax manager after receiving her CPA license. This month, the company’s 17 partners voted unanimously to make her a partner.

With her new title, effective May 1, Chantler will be in charge of the Gilroy office and will continue to meet the financial needs of Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Hollister, from preparing financial statements and taxes to succession planning.

“I love working with people,” Chantler said. “I’m very customer service oriented … and I also enjoy numbers. It’s kind of a natural for me. Taxes are kind of my area of expertise.”

ISF only deals with private companies, rather than publicly traded ones – a characteristic that Chantler enjoys. She many of her clients are family-owned businesses, whom she helps with succession planning to keep the business in the family’s name.

Ireland San Filippo’s Gilroy’s office is located at 8000 Santa Teresa Blvd. It can be reached at 848-6000.

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