June 13, 2016
MBAF CEO Tony Argiz named South Florida Visionary in Civic Leadership by Miami Herald.
Name: Antonio “Tony” Argiz, 63
Job title: Chairman and CEO of Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra (MBAF)
How he got into the field: Argiz became involved in South Florida’s civic community in 1977 when he joined the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. From there, he continued to seek out organizations that were making a significant impact in the local community, especially those that provided opportunities for Miami’s youth.
Why he does what he does: Argiz says he understands the value that civic and charitable organizations bring to the community because he learned the importance of charity as a child. At 9 years old, he came to the United States through Operation Pedro Pan. Argiz says the help he received at that time from the Catholic Church instilled in him a lifelong need to give back to the community.
Personal: Age 63; wife: Conchi (married for 40 years) Children: Carolina, Tony Jr. and Andy. Born in Havana, Cuba.
His story: Argiz can easily be considered the American success story. He came to the United States from Havana without his parents as a child, grew up in a Tampa boarding school subsidized by the Catholic Church, and later moved to Miami to pursue his college degree at Florida International University on a baseball scholarship. After graduating, Argiz started at a Miami accounting firm and eventually lead that firm, Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra (MBAF), to become one of the Top 40 accounting organizations in the nation.
“If it had it not been for the Catholic Church funding my education, I would have been on the streets,” Argiz says. “I think of those years and say I have to go out and give back. I owe the community that has given me so much.”
Not only has Argiz proved himself a valuable accountant and business leader, he has shown a commitment to making Miami-Dade a better community through his civic, education and charity involvement. However, he doesn’t just belong to civic organizations, he leads them. Argiz recognizes that the community’s young minds are the future and has steered numerous organizations that improve the lives of Miami’s young people.
Argiz has served on the board of his children’s private school long past their graduations and has been active on the board of The Barnyard, a neighborhood community center in Coconut Grove Village West. He has been the chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Miami-Dade, the Orange Bowl Committee, The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade College Foundation and FIU’s Council of 100.
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