About Us

Mission

Grimbleby Coleman CPAs is an accounting and business advisory firm with headquarters in Modesto, California.

Since 1973, we have been trusted by the families and businesses of the Central San Joaquin Valley to tackle every challenge with deep skill, insight, and experience.

We are dedicated to the success of our team, community, and clients. You can count on the people at Grimbleby Coleman to go beyond the numbers and actively support your personal and business endeavors. We know that you, too, have people counting on you. Our mission is to always stay focused on “the people behind the numbers.”

Vision

We strive to be a multi-location tax, accounting, and business advisory firm known for delivering specialized services. Our team of talented and committed experts drive a people-oriented culture that makes us a local-area employer of choice.

Values

  • Excellence: We follow firms standards, provide appropriate training to staff, and ensure consistently high quality in the services we provide. We constantly look for ways to provide value to our clients by anticipating their needs, being responsive, and communicating in plain language.
  • Direct, open, honest communication: We say what we mean and are always considerate of others' needs. We are honest in setting expectations and listen carefully to minimize confusion and maximize understanding.
  • Integrity: High ethics and moral values are central to Grimbleby Coleman. We act honestly and comply with our guiding principals, laws, and regulations.
  • Respect: We look to put others ahead of ourselves, are always courteous, and display positive behavior with words and actions. We do what we say and show genuine appreciation for the efforts of others.
  • Fulfillment: We provide the appropriate training and resources necessary for our team members to excel in their work. We value an enjoyable workplace and looks for ways to have fun while we work.
  • Teamwork: We support and work successfully with one another, sharing knowledge and collaborating with those team members who have specialized expertise. We are all members of one firm with the goal of providing consistent excellent client service.

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Featured Article

Succession Planning for Farming Families: Scary, But Necessary
What happens next? That question can haunt farm families when it's time to exchange ownership from one generation to the next. How can farm families and businesses plan for their children's futures and ensure financial security? Who is entitled to what? And by the way, how can you broach these emotional and potentially contentious topics without ruining a holiday dinner? We recently hosted a farming succession event with succession planner Kevin Spafford, who gave us helpful tips he's discovered while working with hundreds of ag families. We think they'll help you, too. Five Keys to Succession Planning: Plan, plan, plan! This is a big fish to fry for any farming family. Don't avoid "The Talk" because it is a touchy or fight-triggering subject. Have an honest conversation with all parties involved and discuss who will be taking ownership of the farm in the coming years. Remember:  preparation will steer the farm away from failure.         Obstacles like greed, family disharmony, control freaks, self-interest, and lack of contribution are tricky topics to air. Speak candidly about those downfalls and nip them in the bud with new solutions. Come to terms with the fact that your family and in-laws are dynamic people who make mistakes. No matter what the concern, you must focus on the BIG picture - your children's futures and the future of the farm. Families can find common ground and unity by writing down both small and major goals that every person can agree on. What are your family's values? Write, type or record what your family's values are so they can properly be passed down to the next generation. Make sure every family member is aware of what you stand for and what your goals are. Good communication with relatives is crucial to a farm, so it's important to schedule regular meetings with the entire family during the year. If a family member can't attend because of a scheduling conflict, have them attend the meeting via speakerphone or Skype. Again, make sure that notes are taken at every meeting; it doesn't matter whether they are handwritten, typed, or even recorded. If these meetings become unfriendly, make it a rule that any family member can call a timeout. All the planning in the world isn't going to save a business if people don't commit, so strive to have every person on board with your family's succession plan. Speak freely when issues arise and keep lines of communication open. Grimbleby Coleman is a trusted ally when it comes to assisting with succession planning. We want every family to accomplish its long-term financial and farm goals. There's no time quite like the present when it comes to the matter of succession planning - make plans with your family today. 

Featured Staff

Jeff became a principal of the firm in 2010. His specialty is tax, and he leads the firm's agribusiness industry team.

Jeff is a Modesto native, and grew up in a local farming family. He has an MBA and a Masters in Taxation degree, and is a CPA. Jeff enjoys “being able to explain a concept or communicate information that helps a client, and being able to learn from the experience of clients who are very successful at what they do.”

When he’s not helping clients, Jeff's focus is on spending time with his wife and three daughters. If it’s June, he’s outdoors—probably gardening, grilling, or hiking in the High Sierras. In October, you’ll find him spending time with family and still spending time outside if the weather is nice. But in January … where else would he be but in the office? “It’s tax season!”

Jeff’s favorite number is 2000. “For the year that I got married, and also started my first public accounting job.”

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