MEET OUR TEAM

Jim Casart

CEO

Jim is a bike riding and tennis playing fanatic. He has ridden his bicycle across the US & Canada twice. He also spends much of his spare time on the tennis courts annihilating his competition. Jim’s passion for small business is unrivaled. He loves spending his day working with our clients to help them make the decisions that will move their businesses forward. Jim has spent the last 40 or so years working with small businesses and he brings a breadth of knowledge and skill that’s almost endless.

Sarah Sinicki

Director of Business Development

Sarah is a Colorado native and loves everything about our beautiful state. In her free time you can find her spending time with her husband, two kids and her Yorkie named Marley. She also enjoys paddle-boarding, riding her cruiser bike, and just hanging out with friends and family. Sarah is also an avid Colorado Avalanche fan, so if you ever want to talk about hockey, she’s your gal. As one of the Partners of Team 80, she certainly does have a passion for helping small business. She is able to apply her 20 years of experience to tailor an accounting solution for a business owner no matter what industry they might in.

Katie Chipouras

Director of Operations

Katie hails from the East Coast originally. She came out to Denver to visit family eight years ago and Colorado stole her heart. There is nothing like a concert to get Katie’s blood pumping and music is a big part of her life. When she’s not serving our wonderful clients, you can find her on the water paddle boarding, on a boat wake surfing, or on the slopes snowboarding. As our Director of Operations, Katie is a guru when it comes to developing systems that ensure all of our clients feel taken care of. Katie also has a passion for mentoring and training both our Back Office Specialists and our Accounting Assistants.

Laurie Wilson

Director of SBIR & Governmental Accounting

Laurie brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to Team-80’s SBIR and governmental clients. She started her career in the area of communications, moved to accounting as a CPA, and then on to non-profit financial management. She has spent the last 15 years working with small companies receiving funding through the SBIR Program and other government funded contracts. She is familiar with the DOD, NIH and NSF’s financial and contractual requirements for contractors and regularly interacts with DCAA. Her goal is to be an integral part of her clients’ team, successfully navigating them through the maze of working with the federal government as a small business contractor. Laurie is an adventurer at heart having climbed Kilimanjaro, hiked the Annapurna Circuit, trekked across England and Greece and biked in Vietnam and Laos. While at home in Colorado adventures include her 1988 VW Camper, camera, bike, skis and hiking boots…after all this is Colorado.

Jennifer Pagano

Chief Accounting Officer

Jen is another East Coast native who has made her way to Colorado. Jen is originally from Brooklyn NY, and after she spent her vacation in CO, she decided that she would pack up and move here permanently. Jen is a self proclaimed nerd (and she doesn’t mind if you point that out to her) who loves video and board games. She has the two best hiking buddies ever, her Chocolate Lab Sora and her Bernese Mountain Dog Luna. Jen loves accounting so much that she changed careers paths and obtained a second bachelors degree just so she could crunch numbers. She really likes being able to work with small businesses in different industries. Probably the most satisfying part of working at Team 80 is partnering with our clients to help them understand their numbers and run their businesses more efficiently.

Jessica Rutland

Chief Accounting Officer

Jessica is a Colorado native who loves to travel. Her passion for accounting was found by accident 15 years ago after her dream of being a marine biologist in Hawaii did not pan out. Now she can’t imagine doing anything else. Her love of helping small businesses grow allows her to be knee deep in the numbers and still be the social butterfly that her energetic personality craves. You will never find her without a smile on her face. In her free time she loves to golf and travel the world studying art, history, and music. Jessica has played the piano for 30 years and is a science fiction geek! As an entrepreneur herself, she has had several small businesses of her own where she helped others become healthier in life and/or in business and has experience in many different industries

Ben Smith

Chief Accounting Officer

Ben has worked in and around small business for the majority of his career. Ben didn’t start out as an accountant, but was actually a chef. In 2009 he opened his own catering business. The accounting duties for the catering company fell on Ben’s shoulders, and that was when he realized accounting was a much better fit for him! Ben is passionate about helping small business owners make their companies successful, and brings a highly varied set of experiences to the table to help in this pursuit. When he’s not crunching numbers he can be found hanging out with his wife Maaike and their Miniature Pinscher Milo, or pursuing his other passions which include skiing, windsurfing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, playing guitar and riding dirt bikes.