I became a Certified Public Accountant because I am passionate about helping people reach their financial goals. As you search for the right fit in an accountant, you will no doubt encounter professionals who have been CPAs all of their lives; that’s fairly typical. I have been practicing as a CPA for over fifteen years.
However, I also bring to the table a unique skill set acquired by working in non-accountant-type functions that allow me to see beyond the numbers. I served as a Chief Financial Officer of a management company, a private equity company, real estate development companies, commercial real estate properties and residential real estate properties. This experience permits me to see what potential investors look for in a company and determine cash flows. I’ve also been a banker, so I can see through the eyes of a lender.
As a Certified Public Accountant (including at a Big Four accounting firm), I bring a wealth of knowledge from practical experience as a financial advisor to families and businesses, a tax return preparer and reviewer, and a representative of the taxpayer before the IRS and other government agencies. I have also served as an officer or board member of three condominium associations, and as treasurer of the board for four not for profits and Chambers in my free time.
I received my CPA in 1990 after passing the examination on the first try. I also received a Masters of Science in Taxation degree from Northern Illinois University with a 4.0 out of 4.0 GPA. Nevertheless, my varied experience as a CPA advisor, board member service, and non-accountant positions within the financial world has helped me keep my feet on the ground, and not tied into theories that don’t make sense for my clients from an economic or cost benefit standpoint.
If you are interested, please see more about my past work experience, please go to LinkedIn.
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