Laurence A. Sophian, CPA, MBA
“ORBA has a wealth of talent from a very experienced staff. We enjoy working together for our clients and bringing best practices to the fore.”
Larry has been with ORBA since 1981, and became a Director in 1991. Throughout his career, he has provided accounting, tax and business consulting services for business owners in various industries, including not-for-profit, medical and others.
He is Chair of the firm's Health Care and Dental Groups and Co-Chair of the Not-For-Profit Group. As such, he has been responsible for the financial statement audits and other related activities of numerous health care and dental practices, as well as not-for-profit organizations.
Larry understands that one of the greatest services ORBA can deliver is helping clients see as far down the road as possible. To accomplish this, Larry continually stays ahead of pending regulations and changes in the economic environment.
Larry’s experience also provides him with a wealth of best practices on which to draw. It enables him to help clients see where they stand within their industry, including areas where they might be exposed to possible fraudulent or inappropriate behavior. Larry helps those companies to establish systems and controls that eliminate the potential for losses.
Outside of the Office
Much like finding the operational details of his clients’ companies, Larry is an avid reader who enjoys uncovering the subtext of major historical milestones, such as the Civil War. Larry considers it more interesting to know how major national events affected the daily lives of people back at home. He and his wife also love to travel to different countries that provide them with the opportunity to explore new cultures.
- Current Board Member, Treasurer, Alternatives, Inc.
- Former Member, Accountant's Division Executive Committee, Jewish United Fund
- Former Board Member and President, Wheeling/Buffalo Grove United Way
- Former Member, Finance Committee, United Way Crusade of Mercy
Seminars & Events
- Not-For-Profit Board Members: What are Your Responsibilities?, Chicago, IL, November 29, 2017
- How to Prepare for Your Annual Not-For-Profit Audit, Chicago, IL, May 19, 2015
- Not-For-Profit Board Training: What Board Members Need to Know, Chicago, IL, January 16, 2013