Tom Applegate

Thomas Applegate

Tax Partner




Executive Summary

Tom Applegate recently joined BDO as a Tax Partner in the Greater San Diego office. He was a founding partner of CEA, LLP, a local boutique accounting, tax and consulting firm founded in 1978, which combined with BDO. Tom provides clients with tax, accounting and business consulting services, including tax planning, compliance, financial forecasting, budgeting, estate planning and business succession planning.
Tom was certified by the State of California in May 1981 and has practiced public accounting for the past 36 years, beginning in the entrepreneurial business division of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)
Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC)


B.S., Business Administration (Accounting), San Diego State University

Community Involvement

Carlsbad Community Foundation, Trustee
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Foundation, Trustee
San Diego Botanic Garden, Trustee, Immediate Past Chair