Laura Pronesti
Senior Supervisor
Lear & Pannepacker, LLP

Tell us a bit about your background. How did you get to where you are now?

I grew up in Hopewell Junction, New York, approximately 90 minutes north of New York City.  When I first entered my college studies, I pursued Math but quickly determined it was not something I wanted to do as a career.  I then changed to a Business major and excelled in Accounting and Economics.  I decided to choose Accounting for my major as my mother is a bookkeeper and it seemed to be a career I would enjoy and would excel in since I like working with numbers.  I graduated from University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and also received my Master of Science in Accountancy in 2007.  I passed the CPA exam in 2009.  I have been working in public accounting since 2005.

Why Princeton?

My husband, Joseph Pronesti, grew up in Mercer County, and we decided to return to the northeast in 2009 from Tampa, Florida to be near our families.  I joined Lear & Pannepacker, LLP in August 2009 and it has been a great firm to work with for the last 7 years.  Being a part of the Princeton Merchants Association has helped me to connect with businesses and individuals in our town and become involved in a community that has a lot to offer and continues to help our town be a fun place to live and work.

What is it that makes your business unique? 

Lear & Pannepacker, LLP is a full service accounting firm that focuses on providing our clients with the highest quality professional accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, and tax planning so their businesses, personal finances, or not-for-profit organizations can grow and succeed. We believe the best approach is both personalized and strategic – solving today’s tax planning challenges with modern solutions, while keeping our eye focused on meeting our clients' long-term goals.

Are you involved in any charitable / community causes that you are passionate about?

In my childhood, I competed in dance competitions and it was my passion.  We performed in all types of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe and lyrical.  Since 2012, I have volunteered for Princeton Youth Ballet, a local professional ballet company, as the treasurer of the board.  It is a not-for-profit focused on giving talented young dancers the opportunity to perform principal roles in professional-quality productions, and inviting the community to fall in love with classical ballet.  We have an upcoming ballet production of the Nutcracker on December 10th and 11th at the Princeton High School Performing Arts that will be a beautiful performance for the community to enjoy this holiday season.

What do you like to do on your days off?

On my days off, I enjoy sightseeing in our area and surrounding towns.  We enjoy attending community events and going to farmers markets including West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market and Trenton Farmers Market.  I also like to take our dog to Rosedale Park Dog Park.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Princeton? 

Triumph Brewery is a restaurant we frequent and take guests to when we have visitors from out of town.  We love the atmosphere and their menu changes throughout the year depending on the season and availability of locally grown organic cuisine.

Any local places you like to visit that tourists wouldn’t know about?

I can think of many, but if I had to highlight one, I would recommend Terhune Orchards.  They have amazing pies and have events year-round for families to enjoy their farm, market and winery.