When it comes to the region’s top accountants, what lives behind the figures?
Renowned for their financial acumen, they are award-winning and trusted counselors who advise and guide their firms, clients and – in a new addition to this year’s list – professional associations.
That they are leaders in their fields should come as no surprise. Yet, behind the scenes are the lives these professionals live. On the list are pilots and snow skiers, world travelers, chefs and those who take special pride in being native Floridians. Many list among their greatest accomplishments the time, effort, resources and professional skill they’ve invested helping guide area schools, charities and nonprofits.
Each also gives credit to their clients, partners and team members for helping them excel in their careers. As no accountant works alone, these top professionals are trusted counselors who trust others to help them achieve excellence.
Antonio “Tony” Argiz
Chairman and CEO, MBAF
1450 Brickell Ave., 18th floor, Miami 33131
Education: B.B.A. and graduate studies, audit and taxation, Florida International University
Greatest professional accomplishment: Seeing our firm grow since I’ve been heading it, from $8 million in billings to closing out 2017 with $112 million. There’s a lot of satisfaction from the people we’ve touched, the homes our employees have bought, and their kids who have been sent to great colleges.
Key to career success: That hunger brought about by being a Cuban exile coming to this country at 9 without my parents.
Personal mantra: My dad and college baseball coaches used to tell me, “Always do your best so at the end you have no excuses.”
Chair, Florida Institute of CPAs
301 E. Las Olas Blvd., 4th floor, Fort Lauderdale 33301
Education: B.S.B.A. in accounting, Miami University
Greatest professional accomplishment: Becoming chair of the FICPA, the organization that represents all of the CPAs in the state of Florida.
What drives me: The ability to help others. This not only includes clients, but also those within the firm and my profession.
Advice to my college-graduate self: Work hard and always give back to your profession and community.
If I could ask one person one question: I would ask George Halas what it was like to be one of the original founders of the NFL and one of the greatest coaches of all time.
Chair, FICPA Broward Chapter
Senior, tax and accounting department, MBAF
301 E. Las Olas Blvd., 4th Floor, Fort Lauderdale 33301
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California
Education: B.B.A., Accounting, University of Miami; J.D., University of Florida
Greatest professional accomplishment: Passing all parts of the CPA exam the same year I passed the Florida Bar exam.
Key to career success: The will to learn something new every day by taking on challenging projects that take me outside my comfort zone.
Greatest community accomplishment: Serving as the chair of the FICPA Broward Chapter – the largest in the state.
If I could ask one person one question: “Warren Buffett, how would you change the tax code to improve the economy?”
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