BalanceMonkey founders are experienced entrepreneurs, business owners and tax experts. We saw how businesses struggle with managing their financials, and constantly make costly mistakes on their taxes. We believe business owners deserve peace of mind, and we strive to do better than the piecemeal approach most business accounting services provide.

Our Team

Shahar Plinner

Shahar Plinner

Shahar, an entrepreneur by nature, is passionate about helping small businesses with their finance and tax.  Through his rapidly growing his accounting practice, GPL Tax, Shahar is constantly connecting his clients to the opportunities and professionals they need while optimizing their business structure and tax strategy. 

Shahar holds an MBA from Seattle University and a BA in Business and Finance.

Effie Bar-Caspi

Effie Bar-Caspi

Effie has over 10 years in the finance industry. She has co-founded GPL Tax and grew its operations to over 1000 happy clients.

Her passion for operations, efficiency and creative solutions makes her a natural fit for her COO position and a coach for any growing business.

Effie holds a bachelor degree in law.

Dwayne Bishop

Dwayne Bishop

Dwayne spent over 20 years as an entrepreneur and coach for entrepreneurs. His company grew to 50 franchisee's in the student painting business.

Upon selling his company in 2010, Dwayne leveraged his experience to launch a successful CFO services division for a local tax and accounting firm. 

BalanceMonkey is a natural extension of his passion for supporting business owners with rock solid accounting and tax services.

Dwayne is a Certified Managerial Accountant and holds an Accounting certificate from the University of Washington. 


Tenae Lew
Account Executive

Tenae found her passion for accounting and small businesses while attending the University of Washington where she graduated with her bachelor's degree in finance.  With the vast majority of her experience working with start ups, Tenae loves to put her knowledge to work building systems and policies to help businesses reach their goals. She is excited to be part of the BalanceMonkey team after spending several years working at Solterra in Seattle.