Sterling James, LTC
Accountant

Sterling moved to the Portland area 20 years ago when his first child was born, seeking a better quality of life. He has never regretted his decision. Although he grew up in Texas and also spent 10 years in California as a young adult he considers himself a “native” Oregonian, even though it doesn’t fit the classic definition, since he loves Portland so much.

Self-employed for many years, working as a developer and managing his rental properties, Sterling learned many great lessons and gained firsthand experience in small business management.

Sterling was responsible for tax management and accounting work in his business, which helped him realize his love for accounting. He feels his entrepreneurial experience provides an invaluable foundation for relating to clients as their tax advisor. “I understand how it is to own a small business and that allows me to identify with clients,” says Sterling. It also helps clients to feel comfortable with Sterling because they know he’s been in their shoes.

After becoming a licensed tax consultant, Sterling interviewed with McCoy Foat and realized the firm was a perfect fit. “Working at McCoy is one the most pleasant experiences I’ve had,” says Sterling. “Everybody is really nice and Mike and Mark are really good to the team.”

Sterling enjoys preparing personal tax returns. His ability to relate, attention to detail and small business experience make him a hit with his clients, both business owners and non-business owners. He wants clients to know that he’s an aggressive advocate for them and strives to help them take advantage of all deductions available to them.

When Sterling is not at work, he resides in West Linn with his wife. He has two daughters, one who is at Knox College in Illinois and one who just graduated from West Linn High School. He loves spending time with his family, reading, hiking, and experiencing the many wonderful restaurants in Portland.

Sterling’s Favorites:

Restaurant: Native Foods
Books: Lonesome Dove and Bonfire of the Vanities
Movies: “All kinds – from action to art”