About Us

Our Story

In 2007, Dave McGuire and TJ Sponsel II founded McGuire Sponsel to bring a deep level of specialty tax expertise in areas that local and regional CPA firms traditionally do not have the ability to invest in. Their respect and passion for the CPA industry led them to hear another need from firms: expertise in data.
Akita Data was founded in the same way. As seen in recent news, ransomware attacks are on the rise. Data has become both a key function of business and a core risk for the CPA industry and their clients. CPA firms serve as a trusted resource to clients and are responsible for maintaining and securing large volumes of personal and proprietary data. In seeing and hearing of this need from CPA firms, Dave McGuire and TJ Sponsel of McGuire Sponsel launched Akita Data to assist CPA firms and their clients in navigating this critical responsibility, including the quantification of digital data risks.
Akita Data partners with CPA firms to identify best fit services and technology to solve facets of a client’s digital transformation. Taking control of clients’ digital assets and liabilities is a critical component to firms as they seek to maintain the position as their client’s trusted advisor, and Akita presents an opportunity for CPA firms to uphold trusted advisory while building incremental firm revenue.

Meet the Leadership Team

Dave McGuire

Co-Founder
Amanda Bates

Amanda Bates

Director
TJ Sponsel, Founder, Akita Data

TJ Sponsel, II

Co-Founder

Why Choose Akita Data?

Single practitioner to Top 50 CPA firm, our advisors partner with all firms and all clients.

Respect for the CPA/Client Relationship

24/7 Dedicated Support

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