Curriculum Vitae

Who am I?

Stephen M. Yoss, Jr., CPA, MS, is a certified public accountant, the senior technology strategist and principal of Yossio, a continuing education instructor for financial professionals, a professional speaker at live events, and a licensed pyrotechnician. While his interests and skills are varied, they all share a common thread—his love for and skill in finding technology-based solutions.

Whether it’s teaching in the classroom, consulting clients in a boardroom, or shooting a fireworks display, Steve brings passion, hard work, value—and above all else—technological expertise to each of his clients. With an open, honest approach, he creates a unique strategy for each client specifically designed to benefit their needs and streamline their operations in order to create efficiency and maximize their financial potential.

Education & Professional Licenses

May, 2017
Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
August, 2010
Certified Public Accountant
State of California, License #109744
December, 2007
Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
December, 2007
Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
December, 2006
Licensed Pyrotechnician
State of California
May, 2003
Graduate
Damien High School, La Verne, California

Professional Career

Yossio, Inc.
2009 – Current
Founder and Principal

  • Focused on helping existing businesses develop and implement long-term technology strategies.
  • Strong abilities and experience in the operation of Cloud and Open Source technologies
  • Special emphasis on the development of learning systems for corporate education clients.
  • Designed and implemented technology projects valued in excess of $500,000.
  • The primary author of the business plan and manager of day-to-day operations.

 

K2 Enterprises, CPE Link, Western CPE & Other CPE Providers
Claremont, CA, USA
2009 – Current
Instructor & Speaker

  • Invited speaker to 75+ live events and 50+ virtual events for professional continuing education per year.
  • Presented live and virtual training courses to 10k+ working professionals throughout career.
  • Authored 40+ continuing education courses for accountants and financial professionals throughout career.
  • Primary research and writing is focused in areas of efficiency, business productivity, privacy, and security.
  • Courses are aimed at helping working professionals better utilize technology in their organizations.

 

Pyro Spectaculars by Souza
Rialto, California, USA
2005 – Current
California Licensed Pyrotechnician, Crew Chief, & Operator Trainer

  • Actively worked with pyrotechnics and special effects since 2003.
  • Designed, implemented and responsible for Company’s online operator training initiative for the profession.
  • Member of Black Rock FX and crew for Burning Man’s large-scale fire performances and structure burns.
  • Major show credits include the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, Major League Baseball games, Macy’s July 4th Spectacular in NYC, Americafest at the Rose Bowl, and various regional and national events.

 

Yoss & Allen
Claremont, California, USA
2008 – 2010
Senior Staff Accountant

  • Gained in-depth knowledge of accounting information, supply chain management and logistics systems.
  • Prepared and analyzed a variety of financial documents from income tax returns to balance sheets.
  • Gained robust insight into business processes by working with clients from diverse industries.

My Specialties & Interests

System Architecture
Helping organizations design, build and maintain their internal systems.
Product Design
Building compelling products and user experiences.
Project Management
Planning, organizing, and motivating resources to acheive specific organization goals.
eLearning
Building systems to facilitate self-paced and live online learning.
Business Development & Growth
Helping organization better utilize technology to help grow , gain efficiency and promote effectiveness.

Awards, Affiliations & Memberships

2017
Alpha Delta Gamma Man of the Year
Los Angeles, California, USA
2009
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
California, USA
2009
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
USA
2005
Crimson Circle Service Organization
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA
2004
Entrepreneurship Fellow (Diamond),
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA
2004
Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA
2003
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Claremont, California, USA