John Russon, CPA, started his career at Arthur Andersen after finishing his accounting degree at California State University, Northridge. As a young professional with a growing family, John moved to a local firm where he began developing specialized expertise in auditing retirement plans. John started his own practice in 2005 and building on a handful of clients merged his practice with a local CPA firm in 2006. Starting Pension Assurance LLP in 2014, John has positioned himself over the years as a leader in the employee benefit plan audit industry.
John is a visionary who is always looking around the next corner. He is constantly working to realize those visions, striving to develop the team in order to provide the highest level of service and expertise to clients. At work, he derives the greatest satisfaction from the relationships he has with his colleagues, both as a partner and advisor to clients and a mentor to team members. He lives in Agoura Hills with his wife and four children. He loves the ocean and can often be found on early mornings or late nights surfing or diving for lobsters.
Nathan Johnston, CPA, entered the accounting world in unconventional fashion. After attending film school at the University of Southern California, Nathan began working in accounting and going back to school for a second education in accounting. He started in public accounting as a staff auditor at a local firm where he performed audits of small to mid-sized corporations, non-profits, and employee benefit plans. In 2007, he joined John Russon’s employee benefit plan audit practice. In 2012, he was named the Practice Leader of the employee benefit plan audit practice. In 2014, Nathan became a partner at Pension Assurance LLP.
Nathan has a penchant for all things technical and intellectual. He loves the logical process of simplifying complex problems and creating novel solutions for both clients and team members. He is a glutton for knowledge, constantly attending conferences and reading independently to stay up-to-date, but he also loves sharing it. He heads up the firm’s training and education programs and takes great joy in educating clients or team members on challenging or unique retirement plan issues during his interactions with them. Nathan lives in San Gabriel with his wife and three boys, who he named after some of his favorite filmmakers.
Eric Kuo, CPA, was named Partner at Pension Assurance LLP in 2018. Eric has over a decade of public accounting experience. Joining the team in 2010, Eric has become a respected leader within the team as well as a worthy representative of the firm to both clients and industry partners. Eric is a pillar of the practice, bringing considerable expertise in difficult areas like multiple employer plans (MEPs) and overseeing several of the firm’s largest, most complex, and challenging retirement plan audits.
Eric is one of the hardest workers around, diligently and tenaciously seeing projects through to completion. Eric takes the greatest pride in being able to provide valued services to our clients. Eric received his undergraduate degree in Business Economics (Accounting Emphasis) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Eric lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his current foster dogs. His pastimes include playing golf and watching sports.