Grand Mesa CPAs, LLC is committed to providing a complete range of professional tax and accounting services, all with personal attention and at affordable fees. We pledge to create an environment that will cause each of our clients to view us as a trusted business adviser.
We trace our personal service culture to our founder Edwin C Branson who started his practice of public accounting in Western Colorado on August 1, 1994. Ed’s day to day dedication to promoting these values within the Grand Mesa CPAs family is the key to our strong growth. Ed’s enthusiasm and honest desire to develop and mentor young professionals is evident in the following members of the Grand Mesa CPAs family:
Alan Watkins, CPA
My career in public accounting began after a successful career in banking where I served as a commercial loan officer for community banks for over ten years. As a commercial loan officer I worked with small to medium sized businesses in a wide variety of industries which required a broad knowledge of small business operations and management issues. My education includes a masters degree in Accounting, a bachelors degree in Finance, and a graduate certificate in Community Bank Management.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife Aimee, and our two children. My hobbies are primarily outdoor related including hiking, mountain biking, camping and fishing. Volunteering continues to be a passion for me as I continue to serve on the board of various non-profits.
Denise Downey, CPA
My career in public accounting includes over twenty years of service in the areas of tax preparation and accounting services. This provides me with a broad range of experience to do what I enjoy most, helping clients navigate through the ever-changing landscape of both small business tax and accounting and individual tax planning and preparation.
During my leisure time, I enjoy gardening, hiking with our dogs, reading and spending time with my husband and family.
Ed Branson, CPA
I have forty years experience in public accounting and private industry. My wife, Susan, and I have owned and successfully operated several small business including a travel agency, restaurant, and accounting firm. My twenty five years of self employment gives me a unique ability to mentor the partners and staff at Grand Mesa CPAs.
For recreation, Susan and I are living the dream on acreage in the Grand Junction area where we raise and harvest hay and honey for sale. Family, friends and outdoor activities fill most of our leisure time. I announced my “semi-retirement” recently and look forward working on a more flexible schedule.
Peri Ann Unfred, CPA
Over twenty years ago, I began my career in tax and accounting services focusing on the bookkeeping and payroll functions. I finished my accounting degree and have been a licensed CPA for three years. I enjoy helping people with their business and personal tax preparation needs. My favorite part about being a CPA has been developing relationships with clients.
My husband and I have four children and ten grandchildren. We have a small peach and fruit cocktail orchard and enjoy working with the fruit. We also enjoy traveling, fishing, four-wheeling, and time with family.
Ty Minnick, CPA
I have been working in the accounting profession and a CPA for over 20 years. I worked for one of the largest residential construction companies in the country in the accounting department. In addition, I have worked in the private and public sector as well as the mining industry performing feasibility analysis, SEC filings, audit and other accounting functions.
I’m blessed with a wife and three wonderful children that always keep me busy. We enjoy taking advantage of living in Grand Junction and everything it has to offer.
Diana Miller, Office Manager
I have thirteen years of experience in business administration and 9 years as office manager. I joined Grand Mesa CPAs in 2015 and enjoy the atmosphere here and the challenges given to me.
My husband and I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. For leisure we enjoy family, friends, and outdoor activities.
Marie Seaton, Administration
I have worked in customer service for many years I enjoy being able to interact with people throughout my day. Being at the front desk is a pleasure for me. I feel fortunate to work with the team at Grand Mesa CPAs.
My husband and I have lived both east and west of the Rockies but decided that Grand Junction is home. We enjoy relaxing with friends, playing with our two dogs, home improvement and crafting projects.
Mariah Mason, E.A.
I have three years in the Tax and accounting services industry and have been a licensed Enrolled Agent for a year. Currently I am working on gaining my CPA credentials. I am proud to call myself a part of the Grand Mesa CPAs team.
In my time away from the office, I enjoy time with my husband, Todd, and our three children. I also enjoy making costumes for local theater productions and taking photos of our beautiful area.