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James A. Tortorella, CPA

Senior Advisor

Mr. Tortorella is Senior Advisor to Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. (CBM). He has over 35 years of public accounting experience in the areas of accounting, taxation, and business consulting, specializing in providing a wide range of services to the automobile dealership industry.

Jim served as the Director of the Automotive Services Division at CBM. In that capacity, he supervised all services rendered to automotive, truck, motorcycle and recreational vehicle dealers served by the firm and other related companies. In addition, he currently serves as a consultant to the Business Management Committee of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA). He also serves as an advisor to the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association (MADA).

Jim’s experience with the dealers includes valuations, mergers and acquisitions, various operational issues, tax planning, succession and estate planning and buy-sell agreements. He also provides other related services for dealers and their management, re-insurance companies, rental and leasing companies, finance companies, advertising associations, real estate, direct marketing and governmental compliance.

Professional Qualifications and Education

  • Certified Public Accountant, Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science, Commercial Science – Benjamin Franklin University

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Greater Washington Society of CPAs
  • Maryland Association of CPAs
  • CPA Auto Dealer Consultants Association
  • Maryland Automobile Dealers Association
  • Maryland Automobile Dealers Association Foundation, Advisor to the Board of Trustees
  • Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation
  • National Alliance of Auto Dealer Advisors
  • Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association