Mark T. Vicencio, CPA

Founder & President

Mark is one of three founding partners of Lowery Thomas, LLC and is a Certified Public Account and Registered Investment Advisor. For more than 30 years, Mark has been an innovator in the financial services industry bringing tax and investment disciplines together at one firm. The goal was to better serve firm clients in all aspects of their financial lives. By embracing holistic planning early on, Lowery Thomas was a pioneer in comprehensive advice and has excelled at adding value to each of their clients. 

Before Lowery Thomas, Mark gained his professional experience at two large local CPA firms in Oakland and San Francisco. In 1996, he started his own CPA practice and later, in 1999, was a founding partner of Lowery Thomas, LLC.

Mark is active with youth sports in Lamorinda having coached football and baseball teams since 2004. In 2010, he founded Lamorinda Passing League to prepare local players for high school football programs. Mark has coached varsity football at Acalanes High School in Lafayette for the past 7 years. Besides coaching, he enjoys playing golf, driving sports cars, Lake Tahoe, Monterey and spending time with his family and two pets.

Mark and his wife, Shannon, reside in Orinda and have two boys ages 24 and 27. Mark graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Business Economics in 1989.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA (Business Economics)
  • Certified Public Account, State of California, since 1992
  • Registered Investment Advisor, since 1999
  • California Society of CPAs, San Francisco Chapter
  • American Institute of CPAs
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • Series 65, Uniform Investment Advisor

Kenneth G. Cala, CPA, M.S., CFP

Founder & Director of Planning

Ken Cala is a Founder and Principal of Lowery Thomas, LLC. Ken, who holds a Masters in Taxation in addition to being a CPA and CFP, integrates financial planning, tax and investment advice to a select group of high net worth individuals. Ken advises clients on their company stock plans including employee stock options, ESPP and restricted stock. With his vast experience in multiple disciplines, Ken heads our financial planning division. 

Prior to Lowery Thomas, Ken worked at Ernst & Young, Kenneth Leventhal & Co. and Hood & Strong CPAs in San Francisco before starting his own CPA practice in 1996.

Ken graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Business Economics in 1989. In addition, Ken received a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University in 1995 and earned a Certified Financial Planners designation in 2003.

Ken enjoys playing golf, coaching, traveling, camping and spending time with his family. He generously volunteers much of his free-time to youth sports in Alameda. Ken also serves on the Board of the Alameda Boys and Girls Club and the Alameda Babe Ruth Association. Ken and his wife, Donna, live in Alameda and have three children ages 18, 24 and 27.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA (Business Economics)
  • Golden Gate University, San Francisco, MS (Taxation)
  • Certified Financial Planner, since 2003
  • Certified Public Account, State of California, since 1991
  • Registered Investment Advisor, since 2001
  • California Society of CPAs, San Francisco Chapter
  • Series 65, Uniform Investment Advisor

David J. Lowery

Founder & Director of Investments

Dave Lowery was a founding partner of Lowery Thomas, LLC in 1999 and is Director of Investments for the firm. He is in charge of investment research and technical analysis for Lowery Thomas.

He began his career at Prudential Securities and Piper Jaffray in San Francisco after graduating from San Diego State University with a BS in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing in 1994.

In college, Dave played Quarterback for the San Diego State Aztecs from 1989-93 and holds the school record for most passing yards in game with 568 against BYU in 1991.

He is also active in youth sports in Pleasant Hill and is the Junior Varsity head coach for baseball at College Park High School. Dave is an avid golfer, enjoys cooking and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Walnut Creek and have two children ages 14 and 16.

  • California State University, San Diego, BA (Business Administration)
  • Registered Investment Advisor, since 1999
  • Series 65, Uniform Investment Advisor


Founding partner Dave Lowery holds the passing record at San Diego State for most yards (568) in a single game against BYU in 1991. Click on logo to see the video:


Steven T. Epstein, MBA

Registered Investment Advisor

Steve has been with Lowery Thomas, LLC since 2016. He graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Economics and then earned a Masters in Business Administration at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

He started his career as a Senior Finance Analyst at Gap, Inc. His first position as an investment professional was at Miller Anderson and Sherrerd. After they were acquired by Morgan Stanley in 1999, Steve was promoted to Executive Director and Portfolio Manager in charge of over $12 billion in assets. In 2004, Steve moved to Defiance Asset Management, LLC as a Principal and Portfolio Manager.

Steve attended San Mateo High School graduating in 1985 and currently resides in San Mateo with his wife, Jane, and two boys.

Michael T. Vicencio

Financial Advisor

Mike is the third UC Santa Barbara graduate at Lowery Thomas having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government in September 2018.

He started as an intern in 2013 and found a passion for the investment advisory business. Shortly after graduating from UCSB, Mike started at Lowery Thomas as a financial advisor.

While in high school, he lettered all four years playing golf and baseball and graduated from Acalanes in 2014. Mike volunteers as a coach in Lamorinda Passing League mentoring 7-8th graders. In addition to coaching, he loves snowboarding, golfing, and going out with friends.

Mike lives in San Francisco in the Marina with his black lab, Stella, and enjoys working in the financial district.



Matthew B. Vicencio

Financial Advisor Assistant

Matty graduated from the University of San Francisco earning a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising in 2022.

For the past year, he has been learning the wealth management business with a focus on financial planning and the firm’s investment approach and strategy. Matty is a detailed oriented person that thrives in a disciplined system that rewards unemotional responses to stressful situations.

Matty played baseball in college for four years until a torn UCL and the affects Covid-19 had on Division 1 sports derailed his pitching career. While dedicating himself to academics and baseball, Matty proved his commitment to working hard and persevering while pursuing his goals.

He recently moved to the Marina District in San Francisco and enjoys playing golf and skiing. Like his brother and Dad, he loves watching sports and rooting for the Giants, Warriors and 49ers.