Sandra L. Koch
CEO - Owner - Head Accountant
Sandra Koch is the founder, owner, head staff accountant and manager of Aurora Consulting Group, LLC. Sandra has been in the financial field for approximately 24 years; all of which have included very diverse lessons, teachers, specialties, and experiences. Starting out with a Tax Preparation Certificate from HR Block in 1994, Sandra began her journey in the accounting field. With this certificate, Sandra went on to work as a CPA in 1998 for Mike Fleming in Colorado and set up Monarch Mountain Resort’s accounting system in 1999. Sandra enjoyed and thrived in her free-lancing practice, where she took on local and larger clients by herself while raising her four children. In 2009, Sandra began working at Lendhoft Wealth Management as a Tax Manager, where she trained and hired accounting staff. She still worked as a Freelance Accountant for some of her clients, namely Polstar Labs. Sandra spent approximately 12 years freelancing before giving her practice an official name in 2011, Aurora Consulting Group, LLC. This had always been a goal of Sandra’s, as she was an entrepreneur at heart and a person with unique perspective and personability. She had also gained a lot of knowledge during her time working for other practices and, through problem solving with her clients and realizing the needs of each one of the businesses she worked with were different. Handling a myriad of small businesses, big businesses, and personal accounts gave Sandra a broader understanding of the financial world. The idea of focusing on entrepreneurs was a passion for Sandra because she knew first-hand how difficult and daunting it could be from her own experience with her business. While working and developing what would eventually become Aurora, Sandra studied at Western Governors University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2004. In 2015, Sandra attended Fresno State University and graduated with MBA specializing in International Business. Sandra graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. Sandra has worked as an instructor at the Milan Institute and is an AICTC Certified Tax Coach. Sandra is also Quickbooks Online Advanced Certified, on the board of Visalia’s The Source LGBT-Q Center, a founding member of Start Up Grind Fresno, and a member of CSEA / NAEA. Sandra is a federal Enrolled Agent and must maintain 30 hours of classes a year for this license. Aurora Consulting Group, LLC has been Sandra’s primary focus over the past ten years. She has also managed a rental property in Squaw Valley, CA and maintains community presence through volunteering in Visalia, CA. Sandra’s hopes for Aurora involve growing the local business community through campouts, meet ups, and conferences. She wants to grow the local entrepreneurship community and provide support to all those venturing into this lifestyle. In Sandra’s free time, she enjoys backpacking, kayaking, stand-up-paddle boarding, and everything to do with the outdoors. Sandra also enjoys spending time with her parents, brothers, children and grandchildren.