Our Team


Alfonso V. Arias, Jr., CPA

Mr. Arias joined the international accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in 1965.  He worked in the firm’s national Tax Office in Washington, D.C., where his responsibilities included acting as liaison with the Department of the Treasury and the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service.  He joined the San Diego office of Peat Marwick in 1977, and became a partner in 1978.  Mr. Arias later formed A. V. Arias & Co-Partners in San Diego, CA., in 1981.

Mr. Arias has over 35 years of expert-level experience in taxation of corporations and partnerships within a broad cross-section of industries, in addition to an extensive background in individual taxation, financial and business planning, business valuation, litigation support, audits, reviews and compilations, negotiation and consulting in connection with mergers, acquisitions and the sale of businesses.  Mr. Arias is a Management Consultant, an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planning Councils, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a registered investment advisor.

Patricia L. Jacks, CPA

Patricia L. Jacks, CPA

Patricia began her successful accounting career in San Diego, California, in 1992.  She joined the team of A. V. Arias & Co. in 1997 and since that time has proven that her expertise, diligence and discipline are invaluable to our clients’ success.  Patricia has held various strategic roles within the firm to include staff accountant, accounting manager, and her current role as Senior Manager.

Patricia’s broad range of experience in the taxation of individuals, partnerships and corporations in a wide variety of industries is critical to the successful strategic management of our clients’ businesses and financial interests.  In addition to tax preparation, she works closely with our clients and their advisers to optimize strategic tax planning and maximize savings.  This highly specialized expertise involves consideration of short term goals, as well as long term planning to achieve maximum results.  Patricia’s experience also includes the design and implementation of accounting software customized for the client’s industry or personal use.

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Masters degree in Accounting (Taxation) and a Juris Doctorate degree.

Raquel P. Guluarte, Supervisor

Raquel P. Guluarte


Laura Arias
Firm Administrator


Gabriela A. Quigley
Executive Associate


Accounting Staff

Pia L. Mihos ….. Accounting Staff Coordinator

Support Staff

Amparo Michel ….. Support Staff
Violeta C. Pelaez ….. Support Staff
Melissa Ramirez ….. Executive Assistant


A.V. Arias & Co. Alliance Members

Daniel G. Dangel, CPA

Diane L. Gilabert, CPA

Stuart R. Josephs, CPA

Scott McKee, Pension Consultant

T. Jesus Oba, EA, CPA

Carl L. Sheeler, PhD, ASA