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About Us

Our Firm

For years, Barkanic & Ames, LLC has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Barkanic & Ames, LLC's expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as financial statements, and financial planning.

Barkanic & Ames, LLC is one of the leading firms in and throughout Rockville. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Barkanic & Ames, LLC is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of Rockville's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around Rockville. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Barkanic & Ames, LLC receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

John Barkanic, CPA, MS 301.330.6664 Ext. 201


Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Towson State University

MS - Tax
American University

Experience Highlights

John Barkanic has been a practicing certified public accountant for over 30 years, providing tax and accounting services to individuals and businesses. During his tenure in public accounting, John has developed expertise in the following areas:

  • Real Estate Developers
  • Professional Services
  • Estate Planning
  • Planning for High Net Worth Individuals
  • Guest Speaker and lecturer on various topics including Tax and Estate Planning

Professional Activites
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Past President, Association of Practicing CPA's
  • Member, Greater Washington Society of CPA's
  • Member, Maryland Association of CPA's

Barbara Ames, CPA 301.330.6664 Ext. 203


Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Virginia Tech

Experience Highlights

Barbara Ames has over 25 years of experience providing income tax and accounting services to businesses and individuals. She is highly skilled in helping people minimize their personal and tax burdens.

Her practice focuses on small business and advisory services including:

  • Starting a new business
  • Strategies to minimize taxes
  • Expanding an existing business
  • Sale of an existing business
  • Refinancing
  • Prepare/review your business plan
  • Analyze business operations
  • Develop new ideas for controlling costs
  • Improve profits
  • Altering your current business strategy
  • Build a stronger management team

Professional Activites
  • Greater Washington Society of CPA's
  • Past Chairperson of the Career and Family Issues committee
  • Member of the American Institute of CPA's
  • Member of the Estate Planning Council of Suburban Maryland

Mary Lou Snyder, CPA 301.330.6664 Ext. 204


Bachelor of Science
Lock Haven University

Experience Highlights

Mary Lou Snyder has over 20 years experience as a practicing certified public accountant providing tax planning. compliance and advice for individuals, estates, trusts and business entities.

She also has professional experience as a controller for a large local real estate developer and as a controller for the investor services division of a fortune 500 company. Clients benefit from this unique blend of private and public accounting knowledge.

Mary Lou has expertise in the following areas:

  • Real estate development and rental
  • Estate and trust accounting, taxation and planning
  • Professional services
  • Securities traders and investors

Karen Richardson 301.330.6664 Ext. 208

Experience Highlights

Ms. Richardson has 25 years of accounting, with the last 10 years being in public accounting in the DC Metropolitan area, performing tax preparation and accounting services for individuals, small businesses and partnerships.

She has manged accounting services for a variety of business sectors, including medical offices, liquor stores, construction companies, floral shops, gas stations and other personal service corporations. She is expert at bank reconciliations, depreciation schedules, sales tax, payroll processing and payroll taxes, along with other financial reporting and specialties.

Karen also offers training in the practical use of QuickBooks, Peachtree, Mas 200, Deltek and other accounting software to help small businesses organize their record-keeping.

Arlene Richardson 301.330.6664 Ext. 202

Arthur Tolbert 301.330.6664 Ext. 213

Monica Campbell, Receptionist 301.330.6664 Ext. 210