Our Story

Escalon exists to unburden entrepreneurs. We want to give you back your most important asset: time to focus on growth. Since 2006, we’ve leveraged our team’s extensive hands-on experience to help CEOs handle their business’ operational and tactical needs at all stages.

Our proactive approach means we’re more than a service provider: we’ve become a trusted ally. We deliver customized and comprehensive solutions for handling non-core yet essentials functions, like finance & accounting, HR, payroll, tax, and benefits. Based in the Silicon Valley, Escalon serves startups and growing companies from over 16 different countries.
Sarah Lerche, one of the principals of the firm, has extensive experience providing CFO/controller consulting services to international companies and startups, with a particular focus on life sciences, clean tech and software. She has served both public and private companies in building and managing complex and multi national budgets and strategic plans.

Prior to founding Carzetta (strategic financial advice services) and subsequent merger into Escalon Services, Sarah was the Vice President of Finance & Administration for MAP Royalty as well as Cendura Corporation. She oversaw the reporting and administration of over 1,700 investors, including annual reporting, audited financials, tax information and financial analysis.

Sarah has an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco, where she was awarded the McLaren School of Business Fellowship and a Bachelor in Science in Accounting from the University of San Francisco. A native of Norway, she has been a Master Swimmer since 2003 when she swam across the Bay, from Alcatraz to San Francisco.
Gina is a senior financial executive with a diverse background in wireless networks, medical devices, software, and semiconductor industries. Prior to joining Escalon, her client and employer base has included Tesla Motors, Carrier IQ, Serus, Tropos Networks, Applied Imaging, and Siliconware USA. As a controller for local and international startups, public, and private companies, Gina has produced budgets, forecasts, board presentations, and SEC reporting. She has managed audits, implemented accounting systems, developed policy and procedures for revenue recognition, and led SOX compliance initiatives. Gina is widely recognized as an agent for positive change through her strong leadership and partnership with sales, operations and management teams.

Gina has a BS in Accounting and an HR Certification from the Employers Group.
Benjamin Samson is dedicated HR professional with 17 years of experience managing a full spectrum of human resource programs, services, and functions. He has strong command of full cycle recruitment processes, employment law, and compliance issues in a variety of industries. Ben is an expert in providing superior customer service while developing and maintaining strong working relationships with executives, management, community organizations, and team members.

Ben holds a BA with a concentration in Sociology from the University of California – Santa Barbara. He also holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of California – Berkeley.
Ruby Sahiwal is a seasoned entrepreneur. He has started and managed and/or exited 4 companies in software, services and biofuels. Prior to his entrepreneurial phase, Ruby's career has been a blend of 'hands-on' operations and broad strategic perspective. He has held operating line roles at GE, i2 Technologies, Tradeum/VerticalNet, Aentropy, Ketera, and General Biofuels, and advised Fortune 100 companies at McKinsey & Company.

Ruby has an MBA from the University of Chicago with an emphasis on Strategy & Economics and a Dual BS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo.
Anurag brings Escalon’s clients a unique blend of ‘hands-on’ operational experience and strong analytical and strategic capabilities. His experience encompasses finance, controllership and operational functions. Over his career Anurag has set up and run supply-chain, outsourced operations, finance and accounting functions and managed a $200M P&L for HP. He has delivered product direction and implemented strategic selling techniques for startup software vendors, and has led several large cross-functional teams to deliver and deploy new technologies, products and services to diverse markets.

Anurag has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis in Finance, and a BS Electronics and Communication Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India.
Yair Segev, NY Practice Lead, Business and financial leader with the ability develop and deliver strategic development and execution of company-wide financial policies and procedures. Distinguished, hands-on experience in driving corporate development activities, assisting startups, reorganizing financially distressed companies, and the managing the acquisition and integration process. Astute leader who adds value through proactive decision-making, business process reengineering, and proven global leadership abilities coupled with mentoring and coaching skills.

Prior to joining Escalon, Yair was the Vice President of Finance for Nielsen Social (a Nielsen McKinsey company) as well as various finance responsibilities within Nielsen Online. Yair also served as CFO of chemical trading company and treasurer at a multi national telecom company

Yair has an BA in Accounting and Economics from the Tel-Aviv University.
Zain is an insurance industry veteran and was responsible for a series of industry firsts.  In the early 80’s, he created the first true Travel Insurance product, he was the first online Travel Insurance Aggregator in ‘96, and established the first site that sold online Event Liability Insurance -www.1dayevent.com.

Zain is a mentor and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs all over Silicon Valley. He is a TiE Silicon Valley Charter Member (facilitator founding team TiE chapters Lahore / Karachi 2001), an OPEN Silicon Valley Charter Member, and on The Board of Advisory at Rand Corp Center for Asia Pacific Policy.

Zain is currently the CEO of Insure123.com (All Lines All States), an Escalon company.

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