1140 State Road, Westport, MA 02790 (508) 636-6556

Firm Profile

A Brief History

Fernandes & Charest, P.C. is a small local firm and was established on January 1, 1991 upon the merger of the practices of Bruce E. Fernandes, CPA and Terrance A. Charest, CPA. Bruce has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), a Masters Degree in Taxation from Bryant College and has been in the practice of public accounting since 1981. Terrance A. Charest, CPA, a founding partner, retired from the firm on December 31, 2014.

As of July 11, 2020, Fernandes & Charest, P.C. is delighted to announce that Johnny Cordeiro, CPA, MST a long-term employee and Otto Schleinkofer, CPA, MST have recently become partners of the accounting firm Fernandes & Charest, P.C.

Johnny Cordeiro, CPA, MST has worked with us at Fernandes & Charest, P.C. for the past twelve years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Masters in Taxation from Bryant University. Johnny has worked on assurance and tax engagements throughout all the industries we serve and has been an integral part of the firm for many years. He has worked with many of you and will continue to do so in his new role.

Otto joined the firm as of July 11, 2020. He and Johnny previously met when they both worked at one of the nation’s largest accounting firms. Otto has more than 20 years of experience providing excellent client service, and his accounting experience varies from state and local government, not-for-profit, and business assurance services to personal and business taxation, primarily in the areas of construction, real estate, manufacturing, and commercial services. He holds a Post-Baccalaureate in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Amherst, respectively, as well as a Master of Science in Taxation from Taft University.

Additionally, Otto is active in the local community serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Lloyd Center for the Environment and is the chairman for the Audit and Main Building Committees. He also volunteers his time to coach baseball for the Berkley Athletic Association and has served on the Town of Berkley’s Financial Task Force.

The team at Fernandes & Charest would like to congratulate and celebrate the tenure of Bruce Fernandes, CPA who established the business in 1991. All of us at Fernandes & Charest, P.C. are excited about the transition. Our goal at Fernandes & Charest, P.C. has, and will continue to be, the commitment to our philosophy of providing the finest tax and advisory services and to professionally serve your needs. We at Fernandes & Charest, P.C. appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.


Our Philosophy

To provide the finest auditing, accounting, tax, and management advisory services.

To offer service in small and medium sized communities, in the southeastern New England area, as well as in its large cities.

To be associated with today's finest growing companies, and to help each client reach their maximum potential.

To contribute to our community and the profession to which we belong.

Finally, we believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success.