Who We Are

Robin Thieme is Founder, CEO and CAO (Chief Anticipation Officer)

of Kensington Business Solutions, LLC (KBS) and SoGo Workspaces, LLC www.sogotowork.com.robinWith over 30 years of financial and accounting experience, a passion for the efficiencies that new technologies enable and a dedication to small businesses, Robin, supported by the KBS team, provides strategic guidance and syste

m-based solutions to entrepreneurs. Long before “cloud computing” was a mainstream term, Robin built her own company, KBS, as a virtual organization. She takes this same thoughtful approach to establishing efficiencies and solutions that fit the current business environment for her clients. KBS provides outsourced CFO and accounting solutions, eCommerce and virtual organization advisory expertise to startups (including Lean/Agile Start Ups), those in the eCommerce, manufacturing, professional service and general contracting industries.  Robin is a anticipatory accountant that provides advisory services to her clients while building sustainable, growing, profitable and scalable businesses. Robin has earned designations from the American Institute of Cerified Public Accountants (AICPA), including Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA-inactive).   Recent certifications include Certified Intacct Service Provider, PlanGuru Advisor , and Certified LivePlan Expert.  Robin is an active member of the Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA) and a frequent speaker on accounting technology trends and tools.  Her expertise coupled with decades of first-hand knowledge about the unique challenges faced by small businesses, enables her to serve as your trusted strategic advisor.

KBS Team:

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ritaRita Klein, Accounting ManagerRita has worked for Kensington Business Solutions since fall of 2004.  She is responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting for the clients that she serves.  She has been the Financial Manager for several of our clients in many industries including real estate management, food services, consulting, and health related fields. Rita is responsible for the initial set up for new clients and trains and supervises administrative staff members who work directly for our clients. Rita has an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Maryland. She lives in Kensington with her family.

ilanaIlana Knab, Accounting Manager and IT DirectorIlana joined KBS in the spring of 2008. She currently provides financial management services for several clients. Ilana also provides technical support to both KBS clients and staff, assisting with various hardware and software installations. She brought to KBS years of experience in benefits consulting and defined contribution plan administration. Ilana lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and four children.

amyAmy Oristian, Transaction SpecialistAmy has worked for KBS since September 2009. She provides financial services for several clients. Amy is also instrumental in training new employees, as well as handling many KBS administrative activities. She brings years of experience in banking and financial services to KBS. Amy lives in Rockville with her husband and two sons.

pattiPatti Ribas, Accounting ManagerPatti has worked for Kensington Business Solutions since the Spring of 2010. Her responsibilities include financial reporting, cash flow forecasting and supervision of bookkeepers for several clients. She is a CPA with extensive experience in a large international public accounting firm and worked in a variety of industries including real estate, construction, entertainment, not-for-profit and hi-tech companies. Her clients ranged in size from small, closely-held organizations to large publicly traded companies. Patti brings a wealth of knowledge to the KBS Team. Along with her husband and three sons, Patti resides in Laytonsville, MD.

dianaDiana Farina-Borlas, Transaction SpecialistDiana joined KBS in the summer of 2010. She provides financial management services and technical support for several clients. She brought to KBS over ten years of experience in regional planning and economic and demographic analysis. Diana lives in Kensington with her husband and two children.
Miriam miriamHall, Transaction Specialist
Miriam has been a team member since 2014.  Her vast experience includes serving as an auditor for two large international accounting firms in a variety of industries including government contracting, hospitality, real estate and not for profit.   Miriam also served as assistant controller for a hospital and controller for a computer consulting firm.  Miriam continues to volunteer as treasurer for several organizations.  She resides in Germantown with her husband and three children.
Helena Finnegan , Sogo Managerhelena
Helena joined the team in July 2013.  Her career experience is in Customer Service.  She has worked in both the retail and corporate environments.  Helena provides transactional and research support for KBS clients.  In addition, she manages the SOGO facility.  She lives in Kensington with her husband and two children.
Nancy Davenport, Accounting Manager nancy

Nancy has worked for Kensington Business Solutions since 2015. She is responsible for financial reporting, cash flow forecasting, new client setup, product evaluation and supervision of bookkeepers for multiple clients. She is a CPA with extensive experience at all financial levels, having most recently served as a Senior Vice President for the Maryland Hospital Association where she led 15 staff in three distinct teams: finance, group purchasing, and temporary staffing. Nancy’s experience includes both for-profit and not-for-profit industries including consulting, manufacturing, vehicle import and distribution, education, healthcare, and substance abuse. Her breadth of experience and ability to assimilate pieces of knowledge from many organizations bring value to clients in many industries. Nancy lives in Sykesville with her husband.


laraLara Sprenger, Transaction Specialist
Lara joined the KBS team in September 2016. She provides a wide variety of accounting solutions for KBS clients, including accounting system installation and set up, training and support. Prior to joining KBS, Lara worked as the Controller/HR Director for a start-up social media company. Previous endeavors include Controller/HR Director at Access Funding as well as Deputy Network Director for DARPA . She has a Master of Science degree in accounting and finance from the University of Maryland. Lara lives in Kensington with her husband and four children.
Sarah Ziemann, Administrative and Sales Supportsarah
Sarah joined the KBS team in Spring 2016, and supports the CEO and client service team, assisting in sales relationships and business development processes. She offers experience in networking, sales, event planning, community outreach, social media campaign development and implementation, and marketing, as well as administrative and client service skills. Sarah is knowledgeable in increasing brand awareness and expanding business networks both regionally and globally. She enjoys cultivating and maintaining client and business relationships, and fully understands the importance of providing immediate and complete responses to client requests. Sarah lives in Columbia with her husband and her school-aged twins.