About Croce & Company


Croce & Company was founded in 1987 by Rudy Croce. The firm currently has two shareholders, each with diverse experience and expertise supported by a staff of twenty-one experienced professionals. Croce & Company has established a reputation for providing high quality personalized service to our clients, whether the need is for tax management, general accounting services, audits, financial statements, business planning, or financial guidance.

Our Mission

We strive to provide quality services in a timely manner, and to be innovative problem-solvers. Our team is professional, experienced, and knowledgeable, and shares an important common goal — to deliver true value to each client relationship by not working simply for you, but with you.

Our Commitment

We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of integrity and professionalism in our relationship with you, our client. It is our priority to understand your tax and accounting needs so we can improve your individual or business financial condition. Croce & Company is about quality, communication, and client satisfaction.

Our Reputation

An accounting firm is known for the quality of its service. Our firm’s reputation reflects the high standards we demand of ourselves. Through hard work, we have earned the respect of the business and financial communities. Our philosophy of personalized service means that regardless of size, each client receives individual attention, which has built the reputation associated with Croce & Company.

Rudy G. Croce, CPA

Founder | rcroce@croceco.com

Rudy received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco where he majored in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.

Rudy’s professional experience is in the area of income tax and accounting. He works extensively with individuals and corporations in agriculture, agribusiness, manufacturing and legal and medical professions. Much of his work is with closely held companies as a consultant to owners and executives on topics such as business expansion, management succession and income and estate tax planning.


Larry M. Solari, CPA

Shareholder | lsolari@croceco.com

Larry M. Solari, CPA is a shareholder in Croce & Company Accountancy Corporation and has been with the firm since its inception in 1987. He graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in 1979 and from Golden Gate University with a Masters of Science Degree in Taxation in 1987. Prior to joining Croce & Company, Larry was employed as a manager with a national certified public accounting firm. He has worked in all areas of accounting, taxation and auditing. The clients he serves represent a large range of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, construction, real estate, transportation, professional, and retail organizations. His background also includes extensive experience in the area of planning and structuring business acquisitions, mergers and dispositions.

Larry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also actively involved in various other civic and business organizations such as the Farm Credit System where he serves as a member of the board of directors for and as audit committee chairman for American AgCredit ACA and in San Joaquin County where he serves as chairman of the San Joaquin County Assessment Appeals Board. His past accomplishments include serving as president for the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the San Joaquin County Planning Commission.


Duane E. Bulthuis, CPA

Shareholder | dbulthuis@croceco.com

Duane E. Bulthuis, CPA, is a shareholder of Croce & Company Accountancy Corporation. He focuses on income tax services.

Duane has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting at Croce & Company. In that time, he has served a diverse clientele in such industries as agriculture, wineries, food processors, packing operations, manufacturing, professional services, real estate developers, construction industries and non-profit organizations. His focus is to provide clients with practical tax consulting and tax preparation services.

Duane graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University. His professional memberships included the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Duane has been involved with charities and non-profit organizations over the years. These organizations include Junior Achievement (Past Chairman and Past Treasurer), Ironstone Concours Foundation (Treasurer), Zion United Reformed Church (Treasurer), Gideon’s International – Ripon/Manteca Area (Treasurer), Providence Christian College (Board Member) and The Stockton Symphony (Past Board Member).

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Jeff W. Peek, CPA

Senior Manager | jpeek@croceco.com

Jeffrey W. Peek, CPA, joined Croce & Company as a senior manager in 2014.  He entered public accounting in 2003 and his experience includes audit, tax and consulting services in a variety of industries including real estate, banking, governmental, manufacturing, software, benefit plans, and not-for-profit.  Prior to joining Croce & Company, Jeff worked for a national firm as an audit manager where he was also a member of their recruiting committee and their learning and development team.

Jeff graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in Business Administration.  Jeff is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Sacramento and a continuing member of the alumni association.  He is a proud father of two sons and loves flying remote control planes, enjoys a good red wine with friends, and cooking in his spare time.


Ivy B. Cowan, EA

Manager | icowan@croceco.com

Ivy B. Cowan, EA, has been with Croce & Company since its inception in 1987. She manages the consulting department and is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. Her focus is on providing clients with information and support with regards to their every day accounting needs. She is familiar with a wide variety of accounting software packages and provides training and support for accounting personnel. Financial statement preparation, payroll tax services, sales tax reports, property tax preparation and audit support are just a few of the services provided.

Ivy is dedicated to the support of her community and continually provides accounting support for various non-profit organizations. She has served as Treasurer on the board of directors for a local non-profit organization.


Jean M. Scott, EA

Manager | jscott@croceco.com

Jean M. Scott, EA, has been a member of Croce & Company Accountancy Corporation since its inception in 1987. Prior to joining Croce & Company, she practiced in the tax department of a national certified public accounting firm for over nine years.

Jean has many years experience in the area of tax planning, tax compliance and advisory services for closely held businesses, individuals and corporations. Her emphasis is in the estate planning area. She also has nine years experience working in the trust department of a major California bank, specializing in estate and trust administration, estate planning and trust and estate taxation.

Jean has given numerous seminars on estate planning, talking about general and specific laws and ideas in the estate planning area. She has also talked publicly on the special laws and issues affecting estate planning for agricultural clients. She stays current on the changes in law, regulations, tax cases and new trends through her attendance at seminars including the Southern California Estate Planning Forum in San Diego each year.

Jean is involved in various civic organizations, including the Stockton Estate Planning Council, where she served on the board of directors and as president, and has served as an officer of the San Joaquin County Library Literacy Foundation.


Lori A. Matthews, CPA

Manager | lmatthews@croceco.com

Lori A. Matthews, CPA, has been with Croce & Company since 1987. She specializes in income tax preparation services for a variety of industries and organizations with an emphasis in agriculture. Lori also specializes in trust administration services.

Lori graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento in 1981. She has been a licensed CPA since 1987.


David S. Mettler, EA

Manager | dmettler@croceco.com

David S. Mettler, EA, joined the professional staff at Croce & Company in 2000. He specializes in partnership and corporate income tax preparation, serving a variety of clients including those involved in agriculture and real estate. He is experienced with tax exempt organization issues including the exemption application process and the preparation of exempt organization tax returns.

Dave graduated from San Jose State College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering. Prior to joining Croce & Company he had been farming wine grapes and cherries in the Lodi area. He also has 27 years of service in the United States Air Force as a civilian aerospace engineer and active duty F-105 Tactical Fighter Pilot. He enjoys gardening, fly fishing, cooking, and a glass of good red wine, particularly Old Vine Zinfandel.

Stephanie A. Hudelson, CPA

Senior Accountant | shudelson@croceco.com

Jennifer A. Marchini, CPA

Senior Accountant | jmarchini@croceco.com

Janice M. Arnaudo

Staff Accountant | jarnaudo@croceco.com

Jordan T. Daigre

Staff Accountant | jdaigre@croceco.com

Olga L. Alicea

Paraprofessional | oalicea@croceco.com

Karen E. Mackey

Paraprofessional | kmackey@croceco.com

Kim S. Beck

Paraprofessional | kbeck@croceco.com

Patrice A. Crabtree

Office Administrator | pcrabtree@croceco.com

Laura L. Smith

Accounts Receivable Clerk | lsmith@croceco.com

Connie R. Smith

Administrative Assistant | csmith@croceco.com

Thea Klok

Administrative Assistant | pklok@croceco.com