Christopher H. Gaynor | Principal



Areas of Expertise

Christopher H. Gaynor, CPA, MS


Christopher Gaynor is a Consulting Principal of KROST. His level of expertise ranges from retirement planning to tax controversy. Chris has successfully performed hundreds of tax audits during his career.

Chris earned his undergraduate degree in political science at UCLA, and then finished his formal education with a Master of Science in Accounting at California State University, Northridge.

Chris resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife, Rose. They have two children, Nicole and Scott.

Professional Experience

  • KROST, Consulting Principal (2022 — Present)
  • KROST, Principal (2019 — 2021)
  • Gaynor & Umanoff, Partner (2005 — 2018)
  • Gaynor, Handelman & Gaynor, Partner (1978 — 2004)
  • Price Waterhouse (1975 — 1977)


  • Master of Science with Emphasis in Business Administration and Accounting, California State University, Northridge
  • Bachelor of Arts with Emphasis in Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) 
  • Member of California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
  • The conference planning committee for UCLA's annual Tax Controversy Conference

Extracurricular Activities

  • Member of The Westwood Village Rotary
  • President of The Westwood Village Rotary Club (1993 — 1994)
  • Extensive Foreign Travel
  • Tennis

Tax Thought Leadership

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