Who We Are

Who We Are

CPA FIRMDeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C. was formed in 1988 to respond to the needs of clients not being effectively serviced in the large CPA firm environment. To fill this need, Thomas J. DeMott and Stephen L. Smith left their partner positions at a large local firm to form DeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C. For over thirty years, we’ve operated our CPA firm with an approach to client relations and firm management unlike any other firm, large or small. Our Partners pride themselves on being accessible to their clients. Their approach includes not only financial concerns but personal and family-related issues as well. Our goal is to listen to our clients and understand their needs. These commitments, in addition to our exemplary technical skills, explain why many of our clients have worked with us for over thirty years.

Jason A. DeLaurentiis, CPA

Managing Partner

Jason has been with the firm since September, 2002. For fifteen years, Jason has represented clients in numerous industries, including construction, engineering, manufacturing, medical, professional services, technology, and not-for-profit. He has also worked with many individuals, providing tax preparation, planning, and financial planning services. Jason’s areas of expertise include business consulting, entity formation, acquisition, and transition, financial projections, and tax planning. Jason received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2002 and remains actively involved in the SUNY Geneseo School of Business Alumni Connections Council. Jason has also served on several not-for-profit boards. Jason served as an Advisory Board Member and Executive Board Member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – NY branch from 2010 through 2015, as well as holding the position of Treasurer during this time. Jason has also previously served as Treasurer of the local chapter of the American Marketing Association from 2004 through 2006. Additionally, Jason was recognized as a Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient in 2013.

Originally hailing from Trumansburg, New York, Jason now lives in Pittsford with his wife, Sara, and their daughters, Mia and Eva.

Email: jasond@demottsmith.com


Benjamin F. Dobrzynski, CPA


Ben Dobrzynski began his career at DeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C. in September, 2008 after graduating from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. After spending almost four years at DeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C., Ben moved to New York City for three-plus years where he last served as a Tax Manager at a “Big Four” international accounting firm before returning to DeMott & Smith CPA’s. P.C. in December of 2014. Ben focuses his practice on providing tax, accounting and general business advice to individuals, closely held businesses, and seed-stage to late-stage start-up companies. Ben has worked extensively with clients in the areas such as software-as-a-service (SAAS), professional service, real estate, construction, retail, technology, medical and start-ups. Ben and DeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C. pride themselves on focusing more closely on the needs of their clients and ensuring accessibility and responsiveness is paramount in all areas of practice. Ben also serves on the Rochester Spinal Association not-for-profit board and heads the Finance/Legal committee.

Ben currently resides in Pittsford, and enjoys playing golf and soccer. Ben’s contact information is listed below.

Email: ben@demottsmith.com
Phone: 585-498-2563


Thomas J. DeMott, CPA

Retired Partner

Tom is a founding partner of the firm. For the past thirty years, Tom has specialized in identifying and meeting the needs of professionals, individuals, and closely held businesses. His expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, financing, transition of ownership, tax planning, and related issues affecting businesses and individuals.

A native of Rochester, Tom received his BA degree in accounting from St. John Fisher. After graduating in 1971 Tom worked for several years in national and local accounting firms specializing in closely held businesses before founding DeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C. in 1988.

Tom is active in the Rochester community. He currently is the Chairman of the SUNY Geneseo Business Advisory Council and Chairman of the Student Managed Investment Fund, a fund he established at SUNY Geneseo. All money donated to the Fund is actively managed by the students of SUNY Geneseo. Tom is a member of the Estate Planning Council, and serves on the board of The Salvation Army and various other local charities. He has been a lecturer for the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, The Foundation for Accounting Education and guest lecturer at local colleges, high schools, and not-for-profit organizations. Tom was certified by the State of New York in 1974, and is a member of the Rochester Chapter of Certified Public Accountants, The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Stephen L. Smith, CPA

Retired Partner

Steve is a founding partner of the firm specializing in the business, accounting, and tax needs of closely held businesses, professionals and individuals. Steve has over thirty years experience working with clients in a wide variety of industries and professions.

Steve received his BA degree from the University of Rochester as well as an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business Administration of the University. Certified in 1975, he was a partner in another Rochester firm for several years before leaving to found DeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Steve has been an adjunct faculty member of the Rochester Institute of Technology, a lecturer for the Foundation for Accounting Education, and has held a number of positions with not-for-profit organizations.

Angela K. Raczka, CPA

Angela joined DeMott & Smith in 2010.  She enjoys working with individuals and business owners servicing their wide variety of financial needs – from bookkeeping and budgeting to tax planning and tax preparation.  Angela is a licensed CPA in New York State and is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.  She attended the State University of New York at Geneseo and majored in accounting and art studio.  In her free time Angela enjoys painting and cooking.

Angela was raised in Webster, New York, and currently lives in Brighton with her husband, Alex.

QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor - QuickBooks CertificationEmail: angela@demottsmith.com
Phone: 585-498-2571


Brianna A. Collins, CPA

Senior Accountant

Brianna Collins has been with DeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C. since September, 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Brockport. Brianna became a licensed CPA in 2014, having passed all parts of the CPA exam and fulfilling her experience requirement. She works on a variety of projects and engagements for the Firm, including both tax and assurance services, such as business and individual income tax return preparation, tax projections and planning, and financial statement compilations and reviews.

Brianna lives in Chili with her husband, Quinon, and their children, Cameron and Olivia.

Email: brianna@demottsmith.com
Phone: 585-498-2569


Cara E. Murphy, CPA

Staff Accountant

Cara joined DeMott & Smith as an intern in February 2016. She began full time in October 2016 after graduating from the State University of New York College at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She works on a variety of projects and engagements for the firm, from tax planning and preparation to bookkeeping services.

Originally from the Catskill Mountain region, Cara now resides in the city of Rochester.

Email: cara@demottsmith.com



Laura Putorti

Office Manager

Laura has been with DeMott & Smith CPA’s, P.C. since August, 2000. As Office Manager, she is often the first person a client will see and/or speak with when visiting the office or calling in. Laura has degrees in both the computer and arts industries, as well as being a Licensed New York State Notary Public.

Laura lives in LeRoy with her husband, Michael and enjoys music, travel and photography in her free time.

Email: laura@demottsmith.com