Dean Quiambao, CPA

Growth Office

Find your wheelhouse, then stay there and do amazing things!

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Meet Dean

Dean is a Business Development partner with Armanino. After spending 12 years as an auditor in Armanino's audit department, Dean transitioned to "Chief Relationship Builder" for the firm.

Dean helps numerous private companies, as well as private schools and social service, performing/fine arts and faith-based organizations address their tax, audit and outsourced accounting needs. Boards and finance and audit committees appreciate his laser focus on bringing to life the audit items that matter most, including his proven method of benchmarking data and key financial operating ratios.

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Professional History


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • National Business Officers Association


  • University of California, Davis


Q. What was it that drew you to Armanino?
Armanino has an unexplainable energy. We have something in the water that makes our firm unlike any other. People stay energized and excited about their craft here. We continuously display a “want to go out there and be different” attitude. I knew I wanted to be a part of it all right away.
Q. What is the toughest decision you have ever made?
Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to become a practice leader of one of our traditional lines of business; or I could continue trying to forge my own path down the road of business development. It was the classic case of the known versus the unknown. Ultimately, I chose to do what I love: building relationships for the firm. You know what they say … if you love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.
Q. How does your background as an auditor help you in your current role?
It helps immensely! Having been in the audit trenches for 12 years, I respect and appreciate exactly what CFOs and Controllers are talking about and can directly relate to their issues. They respect that I’ve been there and done that.
Q. Describe your work style.
I’ve heard it described as “a mile a minute.” I’m all over the place and constantly on the move. The funny thing is that when it’s go time, everything in my world actually slows down and I focus in on the win like a laser beam.
Q. What’s your proudest moment?

Professionally – making partner at Armanino. I remember appearing in a recruiting video about ten years ago. I was the staff accountant who said I wanted to make partner―and here I am! There’s nothing greater than living out your dream. I’m living proof that the Armanino Dream is alive and well. The combination of being the best at what YOU do and a relentless work ethic equals unlimited opportunities at Armanino!

Personally – the birth of my daughter, Presley Michelle!

Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life
My parents. They left everything they had ever known for a country halfway around the world, with nothing more than a suitcase and a determination to create a better opportunity for themselves and their children. They showed my sister and me how to pray, how to work, and how to give back and help the next person pushing their rock up the hill.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Find your wheelhouse, then stay there, and do amazing things!
Q. What’s your business development philosophy?
It’s all about the buyer. I focus 100% on the buyer. My job is to find out what strategies organizations are employing to reach their goals and match our service offerings to facilitate their strategic plan.
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Dean's Thought Leadership
Prioritizing Profitability Over Growth: How CFOs Can Drive Financial Success
Lead your company to sustainable business growth that attracts investors in an unforgiving market.

August 31, 2023
How to Evaluate a Nonprofit Before Donating
Make sure you understand the key financial ratios and other considerations when performing your financial due diligence.

August 17, 2023