Nationally recognized public accounting firm, MBAF, is celebrating 50 years of professional success and unparalleled community commitment. Founded in 1969, the firm has grown from a single office with a handful of personnel to one of the top accounting firms in the nation, boasting over 650 employees serving clients in more than 55 countries and all 50 states.
MBAF was established with the vision of helping other businesses achieve their financial goals. Over the last five decades, that vision served as a rock for this firm’s clients to weather an ever-changing sea of economic trends and crises. It also became a greater purpose that challenges MBAF’s employees to be leaders in their industry and stewards to the community.
“For half a century, MBAF has lived through so many changes, including technology booms, economy busts, new administrations and regulations, and much more. Yet by staying true to our founding principles while evolving with the time, we are stronger than ever,” said Tony Argiz, chairman and CEO of MBAF. “Leading MBAF’s growth has been a privilege and I could not be prouder of what we accomplished together.”
Since Argiz took over the firm in 1997, MBAF has been recognized as a 21-time honoree on the INSIDE Public Accounting annual list of the nation’s 50 best managed accounting firms and earned national recognition from Accounting Today as one of the Top 40 accounting and advisory firms in the country. While MBAF is the largest independent accounting firm in the state of Florida, its out of state presence has surged in recent years with offices in 13 cities including New York, Las Vegas, Baltimore and even Ahmedabad, India.
Providing incredible client service is one factor in MBAF’s success, but another has been attracting and retaining the most talented accounting and advisory professionals available. MBAF’s principals and employees have a history of award-winning work that is second to none. Recruiting those experts is no easy task, and a major driver in that effort has been MBAF’s focus on providing its employees with the best workplace culture possible.
“Our professionals provide an exceptional level of service, but we understand the employer-employee relationship is a two-way street. It’s essential each of our employees understand that we see their professional and personal development as fundamental to the success of MBAF,” said Miguel Farra, chairman of the tax and accounting department at MBAF.
MBAF’s efforts to create an employee-driven culture have been a success. The firm’s workplace has received industry recognition, with its most recently being named a “Best Places to Work” finalist by the South Florida Business Journal for the third consecutive year and a back-to-back “Best Accounting Firm to Work For” by Accounting Today.
“The work our advisors and staff do each and every day is industry leading, and they deserve an equally extraordinary, employee-focused workplace,” added Stuart Rosenberg, a principal at MBAF and president of WhiteOwl, the firm’s technology affiliate. “That thriving and collaborative environment also plays a vital role in attracting new talent, which in turn generates sustainable growth for MBAF and deepens our expertise across all practices areas.”
A few of the many benefits employees are provided include MBAF University, which has a broad curriculum focused on developing our team members across all practice areas from new hire to partner level. Employees are also invited to take advantage of the firm’s wellness offerings like massage days, yoga and rooftop fitness classes.
Much like the firm’s success is attributed to the hard work of its employees, its foundations are also built upon the success of the many communities it calls home. Therefore, a major focus of the firm has been giving back to the non-profit organizations and educational institutions that make the world a better place. This has led MBAF to become the seventh largest corporate philanthropist in South Florida, where it supports over 100 charities.
MBAF encourages its employees to volunteer because philanthropy and the act of giving can have a life-changing effect on those employees and the world around them. MBAF’s commitment to service extends beyond the community, to its employee-driven culture, role as an industry leader, client relationships and everything in between. Service is MBAF’s corporate philosophy, it is a purpose that guides the firm in everything it does and will guide it for 50 years to come.
Now in its 50th year of operation, MBAF is ranked nationally as a Top 40 accounting and advisory firm by Accounting Today and has been named one of the Best of the Best firms in the country by INSIDE Public Accounting for the past 17 years consecutively, being chosen for demonstrating long-term consistency and exceptional performance, regardless of outside factors. Named a 2019, 2018, and 2017 South Florida Business Journal Best Places to Work finalist and a 2018 and 2017 Accounting Today Best Accounting Firm to Work For, MBAF is committed to creating an engaging and supportive workplace for its more than 600 highly qualified principals and employees. The MBAF team serves domestic and international clients across a broad range of industries and practices in more than 55 countries and all 50 states. Its offices are located in New York, Valhalla (Westchester, NY), Miami, Coral Gables, Naples, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Boca Raton, Boulder, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Orlando, and India.