About Global Strategic Accountants

Targeted Business Solutions

GSA is equipped to guide your business through financial complexities within the growing telecommunications and information industry, not only nationally but abroad as well.

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Turnkey Solutions

Turnkey solutions for all your compliance, tax, and regulatory needs. We are a dynamic and expanding firm of industry professionals with varied expertise related to telecommunications consulting and regulations compliance.

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Expanding Network of Partners & Valued Clients

Presently, GSA works in partnership with various established businesses including Internet service providers, satellite and cable landing infrastructure providers, and wireless providers.

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Innovative Telecommunications Solutions

At Global Strategic Accountants, we combine regulatory and tax experience with world class systems of process to offer comprehensive compliance for traditional carriers and carriers that are at the event horizon of communications innovation.

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Trusted Among Telecommunications Consulting Firms in the Country

Global Strategic Accountants, LLC was formed in 2002 with the goal of providing superior telecommunications consulting services and solutions to help clients meet their business needs. We are among the most recognized telecommunications consulting firms in the country. We are a dynamic business spearheaded by industry leaders with proven track records of providing unparalleled first class service to meet compliance and customer needs. Under their guidance, we are able to define clear objectives, deliver topnotch work, and meet deadlines to effectively provide assistance when you need it most.

Meet the GSA Team

Matthew LaHood CEO

Highly-regarded telecommunications industry thought leader and strategic partner.

Matthew LaHood

Matthew LaHood is the CEO for Global Strategic Accountants, LLC, and its parent company. Matt has held this position for over 13 years. Prior to founding GSA, Matt developed and managed telecommunications strategies for hundreds of companies from midsize to Fortune 500. He has also served as the e-Commerce Vice President for a large retail systems software company where he managed a large Help Desk Department supporting proprietary Point of Sale systems integrated to ERP. Matt also has been a practice manager for a specialty Lawson Financials System Integrator.

Along with GSA’s co-founder, GSA has become one of the leading Outsource Regulatory Compliance companies for the telecommunications sector. GSA is widely regarded as the leader in Telecom efficiency through its professional services. Matt brings a varied experience as an ERP integrator, custom applications consultant and Customer Support standards to GSA with the ideal to streamline CRM, CEM and Regulatory Affairs. Matt and his professional team help launch more telecommunications startups than any other provider of their kind.

Mr. LaHood is highly regarded in the telecommunications industry for his experience on OSS Best Practices, government compliance, and telecommunications efficiency through network design and management strategies developed over the past ten years. Matt is a regular speaker at industry conferences that focus on Corporate Best Practices for the purpose of better results from inception through the sale of the company.

Mr. LaHood earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from Illinois State University in 1989.

Joe Solana President & COO

Well-respected management leader and experienced collaborator.

Joe Solana

Joe Solana is the President/COO and a founding partner of GSA. Joe’s primary function is the ongoing management of operations at GSA. He majored in Accounting and received his MBA from Nova Southeastern University in May 1993. Since the early 90’s, Joe has worked in various accounting and finance roles from Accounting Manager to Chief Financial Officer. As a professional, Joe has achieved success working for worldwide firms such as Philips Electronics and Royal Ten Cate as well as for National Telecommunications firms such as ILD Holdings and IDT, culminating with the co-founding of GSA in 2001.

During his career, Joe has worked in various capacities both in private firms and large public multinational firms. He has served in roles from Financial Reporting, Internal Audit, Operations, Tax Manager, Controller, and Chief Financial Officer. As a divisional director he has participated in strategic business planning, tax planning and the creation of systems & processes for tax & regulatory compliance.

At GSA, Joe has served and has significant experience with clients of all sizes and types. Joe has helped hundreds of clients with Tax Optimizations, Nexus Studies, Tax Planning, Audits, VDA’s, M&A’s and Regulatory Reviews.

Samantha Maqueo Executive Vice President-Professional and Corporate Services

Esteemed advocate.

Samantha Maqueo, CMI, PMP

Samantha MaqueoCMI, PMP, serves as Executive Vice President of Professional and Corporate Services for Global Strategic Accountants, LLC.  Samantha serves GSA clients in a high level regulatory and tax research and advocate role. Samantha joined GSA in 2014 and has since been instrumental in leading the GSA consulting department to new heights of business excellence. Samantha and her teams provide guidance on Consulting Engagements, OSS/BSS Optimization, Annual Reporting, State Qualification and Customer and Vendor Exemption Management.

Samantha focuses on process improvement through new software implementation at GSA to adhere and improve on currently existing SSAE16 audit requirements for her departments.

Samantha has 20 years of seasoned tax experience. She has worked on all facets of tax, including both direct and indirect taxation. She began her career in public accounting at a CPA firm. She then worked in industry and set-up & consolidated Indirect tax compliance for 7 years, including deploying large tax solutions and outsourcing & insourcing tax functions. She spent 8 years in corporate tax for Cox Enterprises, Cox Communications where she specialized in operational tax billing & tax policy research, regulatory/tax compliance, state/federal regulatory compliance and legislative research. Her focus on process improvement projects around regulatory reporting, billing, forecasting, cost reduction and tax savings initiatives have resulted in material savings in the telecom, cable, data, manufacturing, and broadcasting industries.

Samantha received her Bachelors of Science, with a minor in Finance, from the University of North Georgia, (The Military College of Georgia) and went on to acquire her BBA in Accounting, with a minor in Economics. She holds her CMI – Sales & Use Tax from the Institute of Professionals in Taxation. Samantha received her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification in 2006. Samantha received her Project Management Professional License in 2015.

Samantha is routinely invited to speak on important issues like Federal USF Rules, Managing Telecommunications Exemptions, Regulatory & Risk Mitigations in Telecommunications Tax Mappings, and Transaction Tax Compliance Software Deployment, and Business License Footprint and Audit Mitigation. These are particular areas of foundational success within GSA. Samantha is an active member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and was a volunteer for Sales Tax School 1 for eight years. Samantha is an active member in Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Beth Brandenstein VP of Client Success

First-class service provider.

Beth Brandenstein

Beth Brandenstein serves as Vice President of Client Success for Global Strategic Accountants, LLC.  Beth has been with GSA; leading the Tax and FCC/State Regulatory Compliance groups, since 2010. 

Beth oversees the Compliance and Tax departments and plays an integral role in; new client intake and on-boarding, SOC audit management, overseeing new service expansion, maintaining customer satisfaction, Federal & State level audit work, general project consulting and new employee training. 

Beth is known for her project management abilities and ensures that clients get the best level of service while she and her staff meet all filing deadlines. She also works proactively in conjunction with the Transaction Compliance group and the Regulatory Consulting team to ensure clients are registered and filing all required taxes and fees that could often be overlooked in the telecommunications space. Beth has experience with many domestic and international tax, filing, and registration requirements that may impact clients. Beth is also a true audit leader and ensures GSA’s 3rd party audit expertise always shines.

Prior to joining GSA, she spent 10+ years as the Accounting Manager for a not-for-profit student organization at The Ohio State University. She began her career in finance in the banking industry where she worked for several years before moving on to a corporate accounting center for one of the world’s leading food service retailers.  She also spent time as a Financial Manager for a private manufacturing company.

Pinkye Neal Compliance Operations Manager

Adept tax pro.

Pinkye Neal, CPA

Pinkye Neal, CPA, serves as Compliance Operations Manager for Global Strategic Accountants, LLC. Pinkye has been with GSA since February 2017. Pinkye is responsible for the management of Indirect, Telecommunications, and Regulatory Compliance. 

Pinkye has 10 years of extensive expertise in all aspects of telecommunications and indirect tax for an evolving telecommunications company. She has successfully worked in the areas of tax compliance, tax planning, tax accounting, audit defense, tax automation, process improvement, tax mapping/billing, invoice presentation, tax department restructuring, systems development/enhancement and due diligence.  She also held various management positions within finance and accounting at EarthLink, ILD Telecommunications, and AT&T.

Pinkye received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Rutgers, The State University. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and member of the American Institute of CPAs. She is a Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) where she holds the CMI designation in Sales & Use Tax.

Zachary LaHood Treasurer

Talented account advocate.

Zachary LaHood, CPA

Zachary LaHood, CPA, serves as the Treasurer for Global Strategic Accountants, LLC and leads the Treasury Department. Prior to joining GSA, Zachary worked for a public accounting firm in providing assurance services to clients in several industries, with an emphasis on commercial businesses and financial institutions.

Using his history of auditing client financial records and the subsequent effect on tax reporting, Zachary has applied the same methodology to ensuring that client’s accounts are properly stated. He is also continuously implementing internal control initiatives to ensure the company’s compliance with SOC 1 (previously SSAE 16) standards. 

Zachary has a Master’s degree in Accountancy from Illinois State University. His experience and designation as a Certified Public Accountant provides a unique insight into the audit support and audit representation services offered by GSA. 

Michelle French Client Liaison

Talented account advocate.

Michelle French

Michelle French serves as the Client Liaison for Global Strategic Accountants, LLC and leads all teams as point of contact for GSA clients.  Prior to joining GSA, Michelle was the Director of Operations for Sales Tax Associates, whom GSA acquired in 2017, in Austin, Texas.

Michelle has extensive experience in telecommunications tax filing and supporting clients in the telecommunications and energy sectors on their sales and use tax compliance.  Michelle has extensive knowledge and research experience relating to indirect tax. 

Michelle graduated from Texas State University and supports all GSA clients from our Austin location.

Noelle Ard Indirect Tax Expert

Operational Leader.

Noelle Ard

Noelle Ard, serves as Director – Indirect Tax Operations for Global Strategic Accountants, LLC. Noelle joined GSA in May 2018 and brings 15+ years of indirect and telecom tax compliance experience having served hundreds of clients in an outsourcing capacity (TaxPartners, LLC, Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting) as well as working in industry for two years as an Indirect Tax Manager for Best Buy in Minneapolis, MN. Starting from the ground up, Noelle brings to GSA an unique perspective as it relates to all facets of the end to end compliance process. Noelle’s lead function will be the management of the Indirect Tax filing team as well as the lead on process documentation and maintenance as GSA continues to grow.

Noelle is a Georgia native and calls Atlanta home. Noelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Organizational Management from Reinhardt University.

I’m not active in IPT, but have been in the past.

What Our Partners & Clients Say

What Our Clients & Partners Say

  • GSA has been an valuable partner for our business. They recently assisted us with an exemption exercise that resulted in recovering over $90,000 in taxes paid. Their ability to help us manage all the exemptions documents and processes was key in creating this savings opportunity. Thank you GSA... we really value your partnership.

    Jenny Rogers, Vice President of Operations,LiquidNetworx

  • We made the decision to leave our previous vendor and go with GSA. They have consistently under-promised and over-delivered on every commitment, even putting an additional 9% to our bottom line, and collecting $15,000 in duplicate regulatory fees. Matt LaHood and the team he has assembled truly are part of our secret sauce.

    Ben Rife, President/CEO,Bullfrog

  • The personal touch from GSA leads to an excellent service experience and the consistent results we receive speak for themselves.

    Jim,Large CLEC

  • Partnering with GSA was the best thing we could have done regarding the FCC Form 499 filing and having done so will free up valuable time to focus on more pressing issues like how to best service our subscribers.We look forward to a continued relationship with GSA.

    Steve,Municipality VoIP Provider