Our Team

Co-Founders

Stewart L. Appelrouth

Stewart L. Appelrouth, CPA

Co-Founder

Stewart has built a firm renowned for its creative financial and accounting advisors. The firm’s strength derives from his philosophy of accessibility and a hands-on approach. With extensive resources and breadth of knowledge, Stewart maintains a high-level of service with personalized attention.

Carlos Farah

Carlos M. Farah, CPA

Co-Founder

In addition to maintaining the firm’s high level of service and integrity, Carlos focuses his practice areas on Audit and Assurance and Business Advisory for privately owned and not-for-profit enterprises, as well as government agencies. His reputation in the International Tax arena is second to none.

Partners

Steven Appel

Steven Appel, CPA, JD

Partner, Tax Services

Steven brings over 30 years of experience in accounting to lead The Firm’s tax practice. A Certified Public Accountant with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida, Steven joined the firm in 2004. He directs the firm’s team in developing tax strategies and following the changes in tax law.

Erick Araneda

Erick Araneda, CPA

Partner, Tax Services

Erick is responsible for supervising the quality control of the Firm’s tax practice, which includes both domestic and international tax. His leadership includes overseeing the preparation and processing of tax returns, technical research, communication with the IRS, and coordinating with the Firm’s team.

Howard Goldstein

Howard L. Goldstein, CPA

Partner, Business & Entrepreneurial Services

Howard leads the firm’s Business and Entrepreneurial Services and has over 35 years experience as a Certified Public Accountant and broad knowledge in all tax strategies and planning for corporations, partnerships, individuals and start-ups.

Joshua Rader

Josh S. Rader, CPA

Partner, Assurance & Advisory Services

Josh an experienced auditor, and an integral member of the litigation support team. He has a keen understanding of business systems and processes, and an extensive grasp of taxation, fraud, financial forensics and matters related to valuations, determining damages, and calculations of lost profits.

Brian Torres

Brian Torres, CPA

Partner, Assurance & Advisory Services

Brian manages audit engagements and assurance services for the firm. He specializes in providing a complete range of accounting and consulting services to real estate and construction companies and has helped clients throughout the world navigate the intricacies of financial reporting on international projects.

Directors

Nicolas De La Vega

Nicolas de la Vega, CPA

Director, Assurance & Advisory Services

With a passion for hard-work, Nicolas takes the time to get to know his clients and makes an effort to be accessible to them.  Nicolas oversees audits from beginning to end, prepares financial statements, and works closely with team members and managers in compiling detailed client reports.

Monte S. Gordon

Monte S. Gordon, CPA

Tax Services Director

Monte has broad knowledge in all tax strategies and planning for corporations, partnerships, individuals and trusts. He has experience dealing with international tax matters including immigration planning, expatriation, FIRPTA, offshore voluntary disclosure and structuring investments.

Managers

Bernard Akerman

Bernard Akerman, EA

Accounting Manager

Thomas Garland

Thomas Garland, CPA

Sr. Litigation & Valuation Manager

Vianca Hillman

Vianca Hillman, CPA

Tax Manager

Nick Landera

Nicholas L. Landera, CPA

Litigation & Valuation Services Manager

Brian Leitstein

Brian Leitstein, CPA

Assurance & Advisory Services Manager

Carina Lemarchand

Carina Lemarchand

Finance Manager

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Claudio Markowicz

Claudio Markowicz, CPA

Tax Manager

Octavio Marrero

Octavio Marrero, CPA

Tax Manager

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Maria Ramos

Maria T. Ramos, EA

Tax Manager

Vicky Yanes

Vicky Yanes

Office Administrator / Recruitment Coordinator

Patricia Young

Patricia Young, CDFA

Litigation & Valuation Manager