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ABOUT US

No matter what industry you’re in, no matter what services you provide and no matter who your customers are, what does matter is numbers.

Numbers can highlight how money flows in and out of your business, help you spot strategic opportunities and ultimately, show whether your enterprise is healthy.   All this can only happen if the numbers are accurate, which is why Say Bookkeeping provides bookkeeping and accounting services that deliver you business information that is correct, timely, and actionable.  Our goal is to take care of your numbers so you can take care of the rest of your business. We do this by maximizing the use of technology, freeing up your time to accomplish your business goals and the reasons you got into it in the first place!  

The SAY Advantage!

With a focus on efficiently using technology, we can advise you on how to get the most benefit from your investment in it.

We save your business from the extra time, training and other expenses that come from inexpert deployment of technology. 

By keeping up with the latest developments, we can confidently advise you on which technologies will best help you most cost-effectively accomplish your goals.  

And as a high-tech, high-touch firm, we work remotely, expanding our availability to you.

Our History

Say Bookkeeping was born from the inspiration of our founder Giuseppe Salamone, who realized that for small business owners, inadequate bookkeeping and accounting often undercut their businesses and derailed their dreams. 

To address this, he started the company and began to operate it by himself.  Word spread quickly about our services, and in its first 18 months of operation, the company expanded from a one-person shop serving two clients, to an 8 person team meeting the needs of over 100 clients.

Our Values

As a partner in delivering vital business data, our client relationships are built on trust, honesty, and professionalism.

We do this not only through the accurate, useful, and timely information we deliver but also through the passion our staff brings to our work.   

We understand, appreciate, and honor that our success comes from your success.

Our Culture

All of our team members are enthusiastic… about bookkeeping technology!  We are excited to learn and share any new information that helps us continually enhance the value we deliver.

And we are involved in continuous education so we keep current in the field, allowing us to best incorporate new knowledge and tools for the benefit of our clients.

Have you ever seen anyone get excited about reconciling financial statements?  At Say Bookkeeping, it happens!  Passionate about our work, we like to think of ourselves as “geeky rock stars.”  And as such, every Say team member is empowered to take leadership so we can best deliver to our clients, our promise: Expert Bookkeepers, Perfect Books!

OUR TEAM

Giuseppe Salamone
FOUNDER & CEO
Helen Kakouris
EXPERT CFO
Harold Gassenheimer
EXPERT CFO
Allison Fowler
VP OF GROWTH
Karen Lombrage
SR ACCOUNT MANAGER
Emma Orantes
ACCOUNT MANAGER
Arlen Lastres
ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE

Giuseppe Salamone

FOUNDER & CEO

As an accountant and the founder of Say Bookkeeping, Giuseppe Salamone knows the importance of communicating with precision. So when he says he is from a “big family”, he means it! Son to an entreprenuring Italian immigrant and second-oldest of 43 grandchildren in his family (eldest on his mom’s side) Giuseppe also understands the value in setting an example of quality work, service, and inspiration. Fortunately, his commitment to this includes SBKs clients, whom Giuseppe also considers part of his family!

Giuseppe’s love of bookkeeping is fueled by a passion for logic.  He has always found joy in changing chaos into cleanliness and confusion into clarity.  He pursues this in part through his studies.  Already holding Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Accounting, he’s now working toward credentialing as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

With the encouragement of other entrepreneurs in his family, Giuseppe turned his enthusiasm for orderly numbers into a lifeline for other business owners.  Initially operating SBK as an unrelated side business while working as a Controller, Giuseppe quickly realized there was enough demand for him to make SBK a full-time commitment.

Giuseppe’s prior professional accomplishments include operational and financial improvements he brought to a local healthcare nonprofit.  Additionally, during his work there, he created a legal compliance program for a multi-million dollar health center.

But before Giuseppe dedicated himself to bringing success to businesses in America, he was bringing America to the world!  Through work as an English teacher in South Korea and Thailand, he funded years of travel around Asia.

Giuseppe lives by time-honored values passed down for generations.  They are honesty (which never goes out of style), timeliness (he is usually early), and always putting your best foot forward (which he now empowers his clients to do!)

Through volunteerism, Giuseppe has had positive impact in the community as well.  Most recently, having served on its Finance Committee, Giuseppe has joined the Board of the Aqua Foundation for Women, a nonprofit serving South Florida’s LGBTQ community. 

Besides balancing books, Giuseppe also balances his life with exercise, and a commitment to languages (he previously studied French, speaks Italian and is currently learning Spanish.)  But no matter your level of mastery with the language of business, Giuseppe is ready to help you get your books letter-perfect!

Helen Kakouris

EXPERT CFO

Helen has seen a lot, which has empowered her ability to contribute a lot!

She was born in Southern California but moved during childhood to Colorado where she then attended college at the University of Denver and obtained a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science. She later become credentialed as a CPA, worked in Audit at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then in Financial Reporting and Accounting for a Forbes Global 2000 company.

Now in Miami, Helen has brought her experience, training and skill to Say Bookkeeping.  For her clients, Helen cleans up books to help their cash flow while taking insights from their financial and business operations to spot financial opportunities which help improve their bottom line.  With a firm belief in acting with integrity, responsibility, loyalty and a desire to always move forward, Helen combines these principles with her knowledge and skills in order to help SBK’s clients succeed. 

Through volunteerism, Helen has also brought her passion for positive impact to so many people in need.  Having been involved in community service since middle school, she has contributed her talents to Junior Achievement, Junior League, Boys and Girls Club, initiatives in support of low-income individuals and the homeless and other service projects organized through her church.

Helen’s perspective is further strengthened by her hobbies which include travel, photography, running and her family!

You may see Helen featured as a presenter in an expert panel discussion…or by visiting her at SBK, where she will be ready to share her insights for your benefit!

Allison Fowler

VP OF GROWTH

One of Allison’s greatest joys is imparting knowledge to help others be their best. Fortunately, she has a lot to share! As a well-rounded, well-travelled and well-meaning professional, Allison relates to a wide variety of people especially entrepreneurs, because she’s got that spirit too!

Allison was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Miami.  At University of South Florida she obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts degree for International Studies and an Associate in Arts degree in Theatre Arts.  She also earned a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, and completed professional coursework in Instructional Leadership at the University of Wisconsin.

She previously lived in California, taught English as a Second Language in Thailand (where she achieved her Teaching of English as a Foreign Language certification), then moved to South Korea to teach English.  In 2008 she returned to the United States and now lives in New York City.  In her spare time she maintains an English-language teaching practice, with lessons delivered live via videoconference. 

Having discovered her passion for bookkeeping, she combines it with her ability to connect people, providing Say Bookkeeping opportunities to show the world what it can do in service to business owners and leaders.  In this work, Allison employs operations skills that she honed at prior jobs, including as a legal assistant, Office and Operations Manager for a technology company, Business Director of an English language school, ESL Education Director, and in JPMorgan Chase’s HSA Operations division (where she worked with Giuseppe Salamone, the future founder of SBK!)  In doing so, she inspires businesses to partner with SBK while helping members of SBK’s client family to reduce the time they spend managing their finances, while simultaneously enjoying more positive results. 

In all of her endeavors, Allison is honest, dependable, reliable, committed and loyal, all while radiating her warm and caring nature.  Besides SBK and its clients, Allison’s other passions include the fine arts, comedy, writing and travel.  She takes inspiration from strong women such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Arianna Huffington…and her own mother! 

Allison is always ready to help solve a problem, support someone in need or explain to business owners how the power of SBK’s bookkeeping services can help take their organization to a higher level of profitability! 

Emma Orantes

Account Manager

Born in Guatemala, Emma moved to the United States early on and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science and Electronics, then moved to Miami in 2014 to manage a retail store specializing in furniture. From this opportunity she built a strong foundation of customer service skills while also managing costs, invoicing and a host of other elements that affect a businesses’ bottom line. She calls on all of these experiences and skills in service to her clients at Say Bookkeeping.

As Account Manager, Emma performs accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, bank reconciliation and monthly book-closing work for her clients.  When responding to client emails and calls she is essentially working as an offsite part of their team to save them time, effort and money. 

Always looking to learn so she can contribute in ever-increasing ways, Emma exemplifies a dedication to agility, growth and service.  She applies this commitment in all of her work with SBK, and beyond through many volunteer efforts in the community.

By leading a weekly workshop in Little Havana that includes instruction in English language and American history, Emma helps aspiring future Americans prepare for citizenship interviews and also become active community members. 

In service to families who have been affected by domestic violence, addiction or homelessness, Emma regularly pitches in at Lotus House.  She also does her part to fight food insecurity by helping out every month as a greeter and a server with Enriched Foods, a nonprofit created by Say Bookkeeping’s own Johan Gutierrez.

Since Emma knows that that everywhere you look there are opportunities to do great things, her secret to success is to “keep moving!”  She carries this value beyond her work and volunteerism to her hobbies as well; whether she is learning from biographies, working out, or travelling to see the world that she is helping to make a better place.

Arlen Lastres

Accounting Associate

At 9 years old, Arlen left her native Cuba and arrived in the United States. It was one of her first major learning experiences… and she has been eagerly gathering knowledge ever since!

Presently working toward her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting at Florida International University, Arlen is proud to be a Panther. And Say Bookkeeping is proud to have her on the team!

Arlen onboards new clients to make sure their partnership with SBK is productive from the start.  She also provides existing membership subscribers with account reconciliations, bookkeeping “catch up” work they’ve brought from previous years, bill management, and more.  Beyond her client support work in books and billing, Arlen also analyzes client financial statements to provide business insights.

Understanding that you can learn from anyone at anytime, Arlen believes in mastering everything she does.  She lives by the principle “Work hard, work hard, and when you are tired, work even harder…” and has been recognized for it, as well as her impeccable organizational skills!

Arlen is fiercely devoted to supporting the success of her team.  Before coming to work at SBK, Arlen won “Employee of the Month” at a local clothing store, even though at the time she had only been there for three months! 

When she’s not working or studying, Arlen enjoys the local food scene and also live country music.  But more often, she’s taking full advantage of SBK’s supportive and growth-oriented culture, learning every day while providing her clients with expert bookkeeping and perfect books!