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
Phone:
585-498-2562

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Benjamin F. Dobrzynski, CPA

Partner

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 Seneca Park Zoo Development Committee.

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

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

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Derek M. Duncan, CPA

Senior Tax Manager
Derek joined DeMott & Smith in 2018.  Derek focuses his practice on providing tax, wealth management, accounting and general business advice to individuals and closely held businesses. His specialties include personal and business income tax compliance, tax planning and wealth management evaluation, planning and monitoring. Derek is a licensed CPA in New York State and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served on the Executive Board for Catholic Charities Community Service as Treasurer and for the Rochester Chapter of the New York Society of CPAs as President. Derek received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Memphis in 1998.

Originally form Western Kentucky, Derek currently lives in Irondequoit with his partner, Jennifer, and their children, Carter, Hope, Graham and Clark. Derek enjoys supporting the many activities of his children as well as working on home improvements.

Email: derek@demottsmith.com
Phone: 585-498-2566

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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 Alivia.

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

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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
Phone:
585-498-2570
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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
Phone:
585-498-2567
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Thomas J. DeMott

Retired Partner

Retired in 2018, Tom was a founding partner of the firm.

 

Stephen L. Smith

Retired Partner

Retired in 2019, Steve was a founding partner of the firm.