With 30 years’ experience in the active practice of public accounting, John now focuses on working with his partners and colleagues to set the vision and strategy of Sensiba San Filippo LLP. John is focused on directing the firm’s strategic plan and market growth, providing oversight on all executive and operational decisions, and leading the firm’s professionals in the delivery of superior client service – helping the communities they serve, the clients they serve and each other.
John is a nationally recognized industry expert and is often leveraged by leading media sources to speak on Economic and Tax matters facing individuals and businesses, including Family Wealth Report, Smart Business Magazine, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. In addition, he serves as an advisor to other Professional Services firms, consulting with them on best practices related to management strategies, partner management and compensation structures, and retirement/succession planning. He is often invited to be a speaker at Bay Area events and in addition, hosts several annual exclusive C-level officer roundtable discussions for leading Bay Area business executives on industry related matters and hot topics.
John was recognized and awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award. In addition, he was selected as one of the Managing Partner Elite by Accounting Today. He was chosen by the leading online community, Glass Hammer, as one of the Men Who Get It for 2012, and nominated in 2013 for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year program. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Mayor’s Award by the City of Pleasanton and was named Pleasanton’s Man of the Year for his role as Board Chair during ValleyCare Health Systems affiliation with Stanford Health Care.
John received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from San Jose State University. As a licensed CPA in the State of California, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Outside of work, John is highly active in the community, serving as a Board Member for Stanford Health Care – Valley Care, a founding member and current Chair of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Community Political Action Committee, a member of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, and a continuing instructor in the Leadership Pleasanton program. He is a former: Chairman of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, Board Chairman for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Las Positas College Foundation, member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Las Positas College, member of the Pleasanton Unified School District Excellence Committee, member of the PUSD Budget Advisory Committee and on the Board of Advisors for Sunflower Hill. He actively volunteers for his church and other community groups. He enjoys hiking, fishing, motorcycling, and spending time with his wife and family.
In Accounting: Since 1986
With SSF: Since 1994
San Jose State University
Blog Insights from John
“Let’s Put Our Differences Aside” The Importance of Empathy and Combatting Bias
Imagine you’re driving on the freeway. You’re maintaining the speed limit, abiding by all traffic laws, going about your typical morning commute. A flashy red sports car suddenly appears in your rearview mirror, tailgating [...]
B Corp Certification from an Owner’s Perspective
A couple of decades ago, most business owners would argue that social responsibility had little to do with the mission of a business. Today, however, we are witnessing a movement of companies that are [...]
Setting The Tone From The Top
When John Sensiba became the managing partner of Sensiba San Filippo LLP (SSF), the firm was facing a recession and the steepest competition in its history. Now in his fifth year as the firm’s [...]