Our Team

Managing Partner

Kevin Cloward

For over 20 years, Kevin has enjoyed working alongside business owners and high net worth families to reach their maximum potential in business and life. He understands there is a blurred line between the two and having a strategy that can complement both is important. Kevin specializes in creating a custom approach for tax compliance, planning, and business advisory. His expertise is working with: family offices, multistate corporations, multistate partnerships, limited liability companies, and S-corporations. Kevin also supports high net worth individuals in industries including: real estate, restaurants, hospitality, manufacturing, professional services, and private equity.

Education: Master of Science, Taxation, Golden Gate University Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Biola University

Personal: Married to Brandi for more than 15 years and blessed with six children
Hobbies include spending time with family, hiking and strength training


Gary Capata

Gary is a Certified Public Accountant who specializes in tax strategy, forensic accounting, and litigation support. He is a forensic accounting expert who has testified throughout California. Clients Gary has worked with include members of the entertainment community, closely held corporations, corporate executives, attorneys, and medical professionals. Educated at the University of Southern California, Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA in Taxation and Finance in 1977. After graduating, he garnered additional experience, knowledge and technical training at Arthur Young & Co. before founding CAPATA in 1986. Gary has taught numerous continuing education and university-level courses in tax and accounting services for these prestigious organizations:
– California CPA Society
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
– University of Southern California
– University of California, Los Angeles

In 2010, Gary was recognized by the California CPA Society when he received their Public Service award for his record of commitment to public service through participation in charitable, governmental, and volunteer work.
– City Council Member, and former Mayor of Laguna Niguel (2007 & 2011)
– City Council Liaison to the Laguna Niguel Traffic and Transportation Commission; – Investment, Banking and Audit
– Committee; and the Parks and Recreation Commission
-Orange County Fire Authority Board, Budget and Finance Committee Chair Saddleback College Foundation
– Board of Trustees – Group Insurance Trust CAL – CPA
– Laguna Niguel Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club


Sal Kureh

Sal is responsible for the effective planning, execution, and delivery of our accounting, audit, and business advisory services. Sal oversees our team with the preparation of financial statements, due diligence, and other advisory services. He has more than 15 years of experience and has worked with clients in the biotechnology, manufacturing, software, mortgage and real estate both in the Big Four accounting firms and private industries as a CFO.

In his free time, Sal enjoys playing and watching sports, primarily football and basketball and is an active member of his church St. Marks, in Irvine, CA.

director of operations

Ana Lemus

Ana Lemus serves as our esteemed Bilingual Director of Operations, responsible for overseeing the daily business activities of CAPATA. With a deep commitment to delivering exceptional quality work, Ana consistently takes initiative to enhance our existing systems, ensuring optimal service to our valued community while implementing industry-leading best practices.

Additionally, Ana holds the distinguished position of a Notary Public, commissioned in the state of California. She exhibits a steadfast dedication to her professional growth by actively pursuing continuing education in Administration and Human Resources through various management-focused extension courses. Ana embodies a motivated professional with an unwavering work ethic, consistently fostering a positive and energetic atmosphere within the workplace.