About Us

SKP offers a broad range of services for small business owners, executives, and independent professionals in all matters of financial life including accounting and taxation, IRS problem resolution, estates and trusts, business formation, financial planning and investment, real estate, and business sales.

Providing these services to small and start-up businesses, as well as individuals, with a blend of personal service and expertise is our core competency. The details and paperwork involved in these tedious but necessary endeavours can be daunting and stressful. Let our affordable, experienced, and friendly staff take the worry and work off of your plate. Please call us for a free initial consultation today.

History of SKP

Smith, Klein, and Pavano, LLC has been serving our clients for almost 20 years. Started by our founder Rich Pavano in 1997, SKP sets out to provide accurate, quick and affordable accounting services to our customers. We discovered that in the years since, our broad set of life experiences uniquely positioned us to grow into a firm that not only provides accounting services but also a broad range of business and financial services. We pride ourselves on what we have accomplished while remaining small, nimble, and affordable.  SKP is as devoted to your financial goals as you are.

Our Clients Say it Best

As a small business owner with limited bandwidth, I wanted to spend my time on our clients, our employees, and our strategy. By handling our payroll, accounting, and taxes, Rich and his team took this workload and stress off of my plate and allowed me to focus on my priorities. SKP can perform these services in their sleep! Their deep understanding and years of experience enabled them to handle these aspects of my business accurately, quickly, effectively, and efficiently. I continue to rely on them and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Megan Smith-Gill, CEO, Gill Marketing Group

Our Team

More than 150 years of combined experience, we look forward to helping your company grow and succeed.

Richard Pavano


Rich Pavano has been a certified public accountant for almost 20 years. As the managing partner of SKP for 16 of them, Rich specializes in working side-by-side with small to medium sized businesses, helping them with financial statements, as well as tax planning and preparation.

Rich is proactive and outstanding in his field in all aspects of helping run businesses successfully, from cash flow and reporting to banking relationships and tax compliance.

Much more than what used to be known as a “bean counter,” you can rely on Rich as your company’s financial partner for life.

Outside of the office, Rich is a member of the Rotary Club and past President, the West Haven Chamber of Commerce Treasurer where he had served for 10 years, and past Treasurer of the North Haven Lacrosse Club.

Brian Smith


Brian Smith is a member of the Tax Group at SKP and has more than 50 years in the field of personal, partnership, and trust tax. Tax planning is at the core of Brian’s approach to taxes. He considers taxes as one aspect in an overall family financial plan.

Brian received his Certified Public Accountant designation from the State of Connecticut in 1961 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Additionally, Brian has served as the West Haven Rotary Club President, was a member of the City of West Haven’s Economic Development Commission, Treasurer of the West Haven Chamber of Commerce, President of the West Haven Midge Football League, and Director of the West Haven Community House as well as its Treasurer for four years.

Donald Germaine


Donald Germaine is a member of the Tax Group at SKP. He has more than 40 years of public accounting experience. Mr. Germain performs accounting and financial reporting for small and medium-sized businesses in addition to consulting, tax planning, and tax preparation for businesses and individuals. His industry experience includes, but is not limited to retail, professional practices, real estate, and service industries.

Donald received his Certified Public Accountant designation from the State of Connecticut in 1973  and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 1955.

Additionally, Donald is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) as well as Treasurer of the Friends of the Woodbridge Library organization.

Bruny Marrero

Staff Accountant

Bruny joined the SKP team in 2013. Bruny has eight years of accounting experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining our firm, Bruny worked two years in public accounting and six years in the private sector. Her industry experience includes, but is not limited to, payroll services, bookkeeping, financial statement preparation, and tax preparation. She is also one of the staff auditors. She has experience with various accounting programs including QuickBooks. Bruny performs a wide array of functions which include Audits, Reviews, and Compilations engagements. Bruny also performs tax preparation of individuals, closely held businesses, trust, estates, and corporations, which includes Nonprofit Organization Form 990.

Bruny graduated from Liberty University, with a Master of Science in Accounting. She is currently completing her requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She is also a member of the Connecticut Society of CPAs and she is fluent in Spanish.

Bruny enjoys spending time with her children. In her spare time, she loves to cook and bake.

Jayne Charlton

Staff Accountant

Jayne is a licensed Enrolled Agent, and has earned a Master of Science Degree in Taxation. Jayne began her career as a Tax Specialist for a Fortune 500 Company closely working with business units and later moved to the private sector serving individuals in a tax practice firm knowing this is where her passion lies. Jayne helps clients with strategies to minimize tax exposure, while also improving overall tax planning and compliance practices. Jayne is committed to obtaining the best resolution possible for each unique situation. Above all, Jayne builds client-focused partnerships to earn and retain long-term trust and loyalty. Currently a member of the National Society of Enrolled Agents and Connecticut Society of Enrolled Agents.