Helen Adams, San Diego area managing partner at Haskell & White LLP, has won the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business award in the accounting and finance category. Adams was recently honored by the publication at the 21st annual Women Who Mean Business awards reception and luncheon at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

"Given Helen's incredible accomplishments both professionally and in her personal and philanthropic pursuits, it came as no surprise that Helen was selected for this special and well-deserved recognition," says Haskell & White Managing Partner Wayne Pinnell.

Haskell & White is one of Southern California's largest independently owned accounting, auditing and tax consulting firms. Adams oversees all aspects of Haskell & White's San Diego practice to ensure superior client service and an exceptional work environment for her team and colleagues.

"Being in a room and having the opportunity to speak with so many exceptional women at the reception was an honor in itself," Adams says. "I am grateful for the recognition and am looking forward to being involved in the San Diego community for years to come."

From consulting with U.S. and international companies preparing for IPOs to providing M&A expert testimony, Adams' proficiency in technology, life science, clean-technology, alternative energy and real estate provides the clients at Haskell & White a wealth of specialized expertise. Prior to joining Haskell & White in 2013, she was partner at a Big 4 CPA firm, where only one person in 95 makes partner.

In addition to her involvement with professional and philanthropic organizations - including Susan G. Komen, California CPA Society, Make a Wish and the American Institute of CPAs - Adams has won 10 world championship titles in country western dancing. She was also recognized as Most Outstanding Alumni by Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society at San Diego State University.