Our Story

Business Thrives Through Shared Values

During a routine fishing trip, two friends discussed their goals as CPAs and contemplated whether or not to take the biggest leap of their professional careers and lives. The consensus: “Let’s do this for our families!”

Chris Pinell and Randy Martinez wholeheartedly supported the decision to start a new firm because they wanted a different kind of life – one that would allow them to put down roots in Covington and one where they would be home for dinner with their families.

By putting their families first, Chris and Randy also set the atmosphere for a different kind of firm – one where the people who make up the firm are valued and respected above everything else.

That day, the founding partners demonstrated another characteristic that would set our firm apart: shared values. Before they could move forward together as business partners, Chris and Randy needed to be on the same page about the core values for which they were eager to fight: integrity, family, and service to clients.

Through that unity of values, Chris and Randy laid the foundation for a firm that appeals to vibrant professionals and clients who hold those same values. Thanks to that solid foundation, Pinell & Martinez, LLC has grown at an unforeseen pace. Clearly, the alignment of core values is a powerful thing!

Meet the Partners

Chris Pinell, CPA, CITP, CFE, MBA

Chris Pinell is experienced in accounting, auditing, taxation, and forensic accounting – specializing in accounting and attest services for small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental entities.

Chris has gained the trust and respect of the clients he serves by going beyond the role of the traditional CPA and providing them with practical and cost efficient solutions to improve: board structure and governance, benchmarking of best practices, maximizing funding streams, and developing and implementing internal controls.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst with a Master of Business Administration and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is also a Certified Information Technology Professional and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Chris’ professional memberships include the Society of Louisiana CPAs (previously served on the Accounting and Auditing Committee and the Career Awareness Committee), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and fishing.

Randy Martinez, CPA, MBA

Randy Martinez is experienced in accounting, auditing, and taxation with a focus in tax planning and preparation for the complex and sophisticated needs of businesses and individuals. He is knowledgeable in multi-state tax issues and an innovator in the development of tax minimization strategies accommodating federal and state compliance.

Randy’s exposure to and experience with a wide variety of tax and business risks makes him an invaluable asset to his clients. His clients are varied and include businesses in the construction, maritime, hospitality, retail, healthcare, financial, and manufacturing industries, as well as nonprofit organizations and governmental entities.

Randy is also skilled in audits of employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans in accordance with DOL and ERISA guidelines, and audits in accordance with Uniform Guidance.

Randy holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. His professional memberships include the Society of Louisiana CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA),and the Northshore Chapter of the LCPA. In his spare time, Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, distance running, and outdoor activities.

Our Philosophy

Accountants in Covington Mandeville Northshore Slidell When we established Pinell & Martinez, LLC, we knew many other firms exist and competition is high. However, we do things differently than the "other guys". Pinell & Martinez, LLC is more than the place that prepares your tax return and more than the place that enters accounting information for your business.

Our focus is to become the CPA firm that you feel comfortable with to ask for financial guidance. Our success can only be achieved through your success.

Therefore, our mission is: "to provide dependable, value added services in a comprehensive and cost-competitive manner to help maximize our clients’ financial well-being, while providing our customer care advantage."