Case Study Shows How Top CPA Pinpointed $58,648 in Annual Business Cost Savings

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"The dollars Peak came up with on an annual basis were substantial.... As a CPA firm, they made us a believer,” says Steve Burnett of GALLINA LLP

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Burnett and his team were pleased that Peak found savings they hadn’t even considered. They didn’t have their egos on the line. 'I don’t think a person should feel that way. A businessperson should always surround themselves with the best,' Burnett said.

Sacramento cost management company Peak Cost Containment today released a business cost reduction case study showing how Peak helped identify $58,648 in annual cost savings for a top ranked accounting firm.

The full case study is downloadable at as a free 5 page PDF.

Steve Burnett knows how keeping costs down can boost a company’s bottom line. As the owner of one of Sacramento’s best known CPA firms, he gave the green light when Peak Cost Containment approached him about analyzing the expenses of the accounting firm Burnett + Company LLP.

“A wise businessperson, in both good and bad times, is always keeping an eye on expenses,” Burnett said. Still, he doubted anyone could find ways to save money at his firm. “We run a tight ship,” Burnett explains. “As a CPA firm, we’re especially cost conscious.”

Still Burnett was interested in any efficiencies and savings that a cost management consultant might find. He asked Van Haas, CEO of Peak Cost Containment, to examine company expenses.

As the project got underway, Burnett + Company LLP was quietly preparing for a merger with GALLINA LLP. Burnett had Peak focus its cost analysis in specific areas, and concentrate on others later. Burnett knew, for example, that his company’s current 401(k) plan would be superseded by something new.

Small time commitment, big savings

Peak identified ways to save an average of 30 percent on multifunction copiers, office supplies, beverage service, merchant card services and document management. Separately, Peak identified ways to save 30 percent to 63 percent on telecommunications costs, depending on which of four options Burnett might choose.

In all, Peak identified ways that Burnett + Company LLP could save $58,648 a year, profit that would go straight to the bottom line.

“The dollars he came up with on an annual basis were substantial,” Burnett said. He and his staff also liked the detail included in the cost containment recommendations, with a summary of numbers near the front of the report.

Repeat performance

Burnett and his team were pleased that Peak found savings they hadn’t even considered. They didn’t have their egos on the line. “I don’t think a person should feel that way. A businessperson should always surround themselves with the best,” Burnett said.

He now sees Peak Cost Containment as a trusted adviser, to be brought in when major spending decisions have to be made, and possibly handle negotiations.

The merger that was under way did wrap up as planned, and now Burnett sits on the executive committee of the larger firm, with approximately 200 people and several offices in California, Nevada and Washington.

“We are very much looking forward to Haas using his cost reduction method for our new firm,” Burnett said.

Peak expands service offerings

Peak recently introduced a national business wireless cost management service to cut business wireless expenses for midsize US companies. The Peak Precision for Business Wireless service helps CFOs and their staff see and manage their total business cellular costs. A downloadable information sheet on the service is available at Peak's website. Next week the company is holding a free webinar that features the case of a $600M US equipment retailer that cut wireless costs by 23% in weeks.


GALLINA LLP is a regional accounting firm serving construction and related industries since 1972. The firm has offices in Las Vegas, Novato, Rancho Cordova, Reno, Roseville, San Bruno, San Jose, Seattle and Walnut Creek. Since our founding, GALLINA LLP has been dedicated to continuity and consistency in the quality of our work, client relationships, and corporate culture.

GALLINA LLP is recognized as the premier provider of accounting, auditing, tax, and financial management consulting solutions to the construction, real estate, and related industries. The firm also provides services to government entities, not-for-profit organizations, and a variety of industries ranging from ranching to technology. Our specialized services support clients on a local, national, and international level. Learn more at or call 916-784-7800.

About Peak Cost Containment

Peak Cost Containment is a Sacramento, California based cost management company using a four-step cost reduction method to reduce business costs 10-30% in about 90 days for most clients. Learn more at or call 877-765-PEAK (7325).


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