Ernest Gini, founding partner of MGO, dies at 71

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Ernest Gini, founding partner of the Top 100 Firm MGO, died on May 12.

He had worked for the California firm – formerly known as Macias, Gini & O’Connell – since 1991, focusing on government and non-profit accounting, with extensive experience in single audits of the OMB Circular A- 133.

“Ernie was a fun-loving, charismatic and highly intelligent leader. He helped MGO grow with his brilliant technical expertise and commitment to customer service, attributes that are still very important to MGO to date,” said CEO and Managing Partner Kevin O’Connell.

He was also an inspiration to those who knew him, especially following the 2001 car accident that left the once racing enthusiast Gini a quadriplegic. Despite his injuries, and with the help of his family, he continued to work for the company until his retirement 17 years later.

Born in Stockton, California in 1950, Gini earned a BA in Accounting from California State University – Stanislaus in 1973 and then an MBA from California State University – Sacramento in 2000.

CPA, he was a member of the Government Accounting and Auditing Committee of the California Society of CPA and President of the Sacramento Chapter. He has also served on the GASB Advisory Committee on the User’s Guide to Local Government Financial Statements and contributed to “What You Should Know About Your Local Government Finances, A Guide to Financial Statements”.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, and his two sons and their families.

Donations may be made in his name to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

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