Mercedes Hendricks is a CPA with a passion for serving the needs of the automotive industry. With thirteen years of public accounting experience, Mercedes uses her technical, analytical and project management skills to bring people together in a team environment with the ultimate goal of providing a first class experience for her clients.
Mercedes is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. For 13 years following her graduation, she worked her way up to a senior manager in public accounting, with the last nine years specializing in the automotive retail dealer industry with Crowe Horwath, LLP (a top-ten national public accounting firm). Mercedes’ experience at Crowe consisted of assurance and consulting projects with over 100 retail dealerships across the country, exposing her to the industry language, systems, regulatory environment and general operations.
Mercedes managed large projects, from traditional audit and review engagements to non-traditional consulting engagements, such as due diligence services in mergers and acquisitions, review of internal controls and tests of compliance, analyzing dealership financial statements, building policies and procedures manuals, and other various projects accounting or otherwise. She was a mentor and supervisor for teams and individuals from across the different Crowe offices and spent time educating the public through various webinars, conferences and seminars on a variety of accounting topics.
In 2014, Mercedes was exposed to captive insurance planning for automotive dealers. Mercedes spent a year focusing on providing these types of solutions for auto dealers with Dannah Capital Partners. She completed a program through the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE) and obtained her Associate in Captive Insurance. She enjoys talking with clients about alternative insurance solutions available to them. She also wrote articles for the Automotive Buy-Sell Report highlighting ways in which captive insurance could be used in a variety of buy-sell strategies.
In the summer of 2015, Mercedes met with Phil Villegas and Marilou Vroman (the founders of Axiom Advisors) and instantly connected with their vision to bring exceptional services to automotive retail dealers. With Mercedes’ passion for the automotive industry and extensive public accounting experience, partnering up with Phil and Marilou to create VVH CPAs and Associates was a natural fit. As the Assurance Partner at VVH, Mercedes has worked with Phil and Marilou to re-engineer the audit process – to change the way traditional assurance services are delivered to our clients by bringing focus, integration, innovation and passion.
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- California State Society of CPA’s
- National Association of Professional Women
- University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- International Center for Captive Insurance Education
License & Designation
- Certified Public Accountant licensed in California
- Associate in Captive Insurance (Final Stages)