Mike is a native Virginian and moved with his family to Santa Barbara in 1971. He is a graduate of Santa Barbara HS, Santa Barbara CC and UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. While working for two area CPA firms, Mike earned his CPA certificate in 1979. He started his own accounting practice in 1984 and it has evolved into serving over 100 area homeowner associations and 175 individual tax clients.

Mike bought a Goleta condominium in 1980 and served as Treasurer of his self-managed association for 5 years during the 1980s. He helped found the South Coast Homeowners Association (, an educational group of 140+ HOAs, in 1988 and currently edits the newsletter. Mike has served on the planning committee for the California CPA Education Foundation’s Common Interest Realty Association Conference since 1991 and has been a speaker at that conference for many years since including conference chair in 1995 and 2000.

Mike is also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime, a Past-President (1995-96) and current Treasurer. Other professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPAs, Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO), Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Mike has been an active stamp collector since 1968 and is a member of the American Philatelic Society and the American Helvetia Philatelic Society (Switzerland).  Of special note are several commemorative cancels he developed that were used in Santa Barbara/Goleta from the Santa Barbara HS Centennial in 1975 to Goleta Valley Days/Lemon Festival/Goleta Depot postmarks and most recently, the Goleta Rotary Centennial cancel in 2005.

Mike resides in Goleta with his wife Brenda and sons, Rollin and Matt. Brenda provides critical administrative support for the practice. Rollin is a student at SBCC and a supervisor at Vons while Matt is a senior at Dos Pueblos HS and the webmaster for this site.

2006 Mike Gartzke