Bernadette A. Peterson oversees the strategic direction and overall operations of the company. She works on behalf of individuals and both public and private companies that range from small start-ups to large, multi-national corporations. She provides accounting and consulting services including accounting support, process improvement/internal controls, tax preparation, budgeting/forecasting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and outsourced Controller and CFO services. Bernadette’s expertise covers numerous industries, including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, real estate, technology, biotech/healthcare, and specialized services.
Prior to forming Steadfast, she spent several years with Ernst & Young in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services group. During that time, she was selected nationally to serve on the Beta Alpha Psi’s Board of Directors.
Bernadette graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Fullerton, where she received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration, one with a concentration in Accounting, and another with a concentration in Finance. While attending college, she was recognized for several prestigious awards, including the CSUF’s Alumni Association Undergraduate Student of the Year Award, the CSUF’s Business Department’s Student of the Year Award, the CSUF’s Overall Most Outstanding Senior Award, the CSUF’s Overall Outstanding Role Model Award, and Woman of the Year.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the CFA Institute, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She has also been a featured speaker at top colleges across the United States, and has served as an instructor for numerous accounting and financial seminars.