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Merger Announcement - Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP & PragerMetis

Dear valued Clients, Associates and Friends,

We are delighted to announce that Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP has merged with Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, a member of Prager Metis International Group.

Over the past few months, we’ve been working together, diligently confirming that our visions, missions and business cultures aligned. We are excited to be with the Prager Metis team, as we have joined a firm whose philosophy we share.  Most importantly, we are confident about the increased depth of experience and knowledge our firm will provide for our clients. 

A comprehensive, full-service practice
Prager Metis is a full-service practice which includes assurance, tax planning and compliance, management advisory services, computer consulting, and financial planning. Our experienced team serves clients across many industries.

Prager Metis was recently formed by the combination of two long-standing and highly respected accounting firms, Prager and Fenton LLP and Metis Group LLC. Prager Metis International Group has a national and international presence with seven offices including New Jersey, New York City, Westchester County, NY, Long Island, NY, Los Angeles and London.

We will remain at our current office location on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, our phone numbers and email addresses will remain active, and we will update you once our new systems are in place.

Your team will not change and will continue to be your point of contact so please reach out to us if you have any questions - we are always available to you. As a valued client, please accept our thanks for your loyalty and confidence.

Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP

Questions & Answers

Will fees be increased?
There will be no change to our normal operating procedures, including pricing structure due to the merger.

Will the team change?
Your team will be the same and continue to provide the same level of service you’ve grown to appreciate from us. However, you can expect new team members that will come onboard and provide greater level of experience in various areas. 

Will you be moving outside of South Florida? 
A move to a new Coral Gables address is planned before year end. In addition, the firm is looking to expand into other Florida markets.

What new capabilities and expertise does the merger bring?
The merger with Prager Metis is a strategic move designed to increase knowledge and experience. With our new team members in NY and LA we will bring advisory services such as; cost segregation, R&D credits, state and local tax advisory services, federal tax and risk intelligence. In addition, we now have expertise in industries, such as entertainment and music, professional services, real estate and private wealth practices.

Why did you merge?
Client needs grow daily; our merger with Prager Metis increases the number of services we can offer, plus it brings greater expertise in a number of areas. Our merger also provides growth opportunities for our team.

Are you now too big for us?
Not at all, we are still the same group, personable as always.

Is there anything on our end that we should be concerned about?
None at all. We are the same people with the same high level of service and care for our clients. Our merger with Prager Metis will only increase our ability to grow with your organization and provide greater depth of knowledge.



Ileana Alvarez, CPA

Ileana Alvarez, CPA

It is our great pleasure to welcome Ileana Alvarez, CPA as the newest partner at Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP. 

Mrs. Alvarez, an undergraduate of Florida International University, joined Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP in 2003 and later obtaining a Master’s degree in Accounting from St. Thomas University, ultimately becoming a certified public accountant in the State of Florida in 2008.

Mrs. Alvarez was promoted after three years to the position of Audit Senior, and shortly thereafter to Audit Manager. In January 1, 2014, she was then promoted to the firm’s Director of Quality Control. Over the years Mrs. Alvarez has showed great leadership, logical thinking ability, and has embodied the values of quality and integrity we at Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP hold dearly.

Mrs. Alvarez is also very involved in our community.  She currently serves as a member and past chair of the United Way Audit Committee of Miami-Dade County and is the President of the Cuban American CPA Association. In 2015, she joined the FICPA Peer Review Committee as a committee member.  She is also an audit committee member of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade County.

In addition to her above stated accomplishments, she has a wonderful family, and is an amazing mother of two beautiful girls.

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Supporting Benefit for Miami Bridge

Supporting Miami Bridge

Excited to partner with Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services in their annual Gala | Galactic Nights: Launching Into The Future! Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, who work around the clock, to provide a safe, nurturing home to youth and bringing hope to more than 1,000 children and teens annually. Purchase your Silent Auction Tickets today.



Luca Cencellieri

Congrats to Luca Cencellieri

Meet our favorite Italian Intern - Luca Cancellieri. He is graduating from St. Thomas University with his Bachelors Degree of Science in Accounting and has become a big part of our firm’s team. After spending the last year here at Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP, mastering Tax Law and spending time with our Auditor Manager, we are confident that he will accomplish anything he sets his mind on.



Derek Torres

We help careers take off!

Derek Torres is a local Florida International University student who is currently working towards earning his Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Passionate about life-long learning and teamwork, Derek has already shown to be a great addition to the team. We are dedicated to being the very best Accounting and Auditing firm in Miami and beyond, therefore we also desire to instruct and train the next group of intellectual tax professionals. Please help us welcome our newest addition to Vizcaino Zomerfeld's dynamic team.



Bracey Alexander 

Bracey Alexander has been promoted to Audit Manager


At VZ-CPA, we offer a dedicated team of professionals with experience in rapidly moving industries requiring adaptability and responsiveness. They understand your need for prompt assistance, guidance and support; this seasoned team is designed to help you navigate the financial and compliance components of your business.

Bracey Alexander is a licensed CPA in the State of Florida with over eleven years of experience in accounting. He studied at University of Miami and Florida International University where he received both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Accounting. Bracey is actively involved in various professional associations and community organizations such as American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Young CPA Network and University of Miami School of Business Alumni Association. Bracey’s brings a wide range of industry knowledge, including engagements of start-ups, small businesses, commercial and retail businesses, investment trust, employee benefits plans, labor unions, not-for-profit entities, real estate developments, and professional services.

Please join us in congratulating Bracey on his promotion,
we wish him continued success and a bright future at Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP.



Cynthia R. Ow,

Cynthia R. Ow, CPA, has been promoted to Partner

Here at VZ CPA, we are dedicated to building a trusting and lasting relationships with each of our clients, as well as our employees. Our team is always searching for professional growth and exceptional ways to deliver on our promise.

On behalf of our entire staff, we are proud to congratulate Cynthia R. Ow, CPA on her recent promotion to Partner. Cynthia has been a part of our firm family for over 17 years, where she has provided personalized service to our clients and been a wonderful asset to the team. Cynthia leads the Accounting Services department and has a vast amount of experience in the following industries:

  • Logistics
  • Wholesale distribution
  • Construction
  • Real Estate

We look forward to seeing the bright future ahead for both Cynthia and our firm.



VZ-CPA sponsors South Florida Executive Roundtable

VZ-CPA sponsors South Florida Executive Roundtable

Vizcaino Zomerfled, LLP sponsored the South Florida Executive Roundtable General Counsel / Chief Administrative Panel Luncheon on Thurs., May 28, 2015. The SOUTH FLORIDA EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE (SFER) is a C-Suite forum where executives share and provide insight, perspective, and knowledge in a small and interactive setting.  It is comprised of mid to senior level professionals from the corporate and service sectors, primarily from within Florida and LATAM. 



Armando Vizcaino, CPA, Honored with an FiCPA Lifetime Membership

Armando Vizcaino, CPA, Honored with an FiCPA Lifetime Membership

Armando Vizcaino, CPA, has been a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs as a Certified Public Accountant for the past 40 years. The FiCPA has honored his support by presenting him with a lifetime complimentary membership.

Read the letter here. 40 Years of FiCPA Membership



Beatriz Martin, CPA - Appointed New President of the Cuban American CPA Association

Beatriz Martin, CPA - Appointed New President of the Cuban American CPA Association

Beatriz Martin, CPA, has been sworn in as President for the Cuban American CPA Association. The event took place at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach on November 8th.  The event brought together members of the community which included attorneys, bankers, business owners, and fellow CPAs .  It was a spectacular evening with friends and colleagues in honor of Ms. Martin.



Raymond Zomerfeld, CPA, CVA – Listed in the South Florida Legal Guide 2015

Raymond Zomerfeld, CPA, CVA – Listed in the South Florida Legal Guide 2015

Raymond Zomerfeld is honored to have been chosen by his peers to appear as one of the select few CPA and Financial professionals listed in the South Florida Legal Guide. The guide is celebrating this year its 15th anniversary of listing the Top Lawyers and Law Firms and its 10th anniversary of the Top CPA and Financial Professionals in the tri-county region.



Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP and Mendez and Fernandez, P.A. announce their merger

Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP and Mendez and Fernandez, P.A. announce their merger

We are pleased to announce the merger of Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP and Mendez and Fernandez, P.A., which became effective on December 1, 2014.

Upon this merger, our clients will continue to work with the same people that they have in the past and receive the same quality of services they have been accustomed to. Mendez and Fernandez, P.A., will relocate and be of service to you from the Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP office in Coral Gables, FL.

The merger will further strengthen our firm as we consolidate collective knowledge, specializations, business consulting, and financial advisory. It also affirms our commitment to the continued pursuit of excellence in service, rooted by the same values and a shared philosophy.

Thank you for your support as we continue to grow to better service you.



Ileana C. Alvarez, CPA - Appointed as Secretary for the Cuban American CPA Association.

Ileana C. Alvarez, CPA - Appointed as Secretary for the Cuban American CPA Association.

Ileana C. Alvarez, CPA, has been honored with the appointment of Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Cuban American CPA Association. Ileana is VZ's Director of Quality Control.



VZ participates in University of Miami's Accounting Career Fair

VZ participates in University of Miami's Accounting Career Fair

Posted by: VZ on Monday, October 6, 2014

VZ CPAs and Consultants participated in the University of Miami's Accounting Career Fair on October 1, 2014 where employers are given the opportunity to recruit talented Accounting, Finance & Economics majors.



Raymond J. Zomerfeld, CPA, CVA, has joined the University of Miami Accounting Advisory Board

Raymond J. Zomerfeld, CPA, CVA, has joined the University of Miami Accounting Advisory Board

Posted by: VZ on Thursday, October 2, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Raymond J. Zomerfeld, CPA, CVA, was officially invited to join the University of Miami Advisory Board. Raymond was selected on account of his extensive experience, background, enthusiasm and connection to the University of Miami.



Janessa N. Valera, CPA, JD, LLM Director in our Domestic and International Tax Services Practice

Janessa N. Valera, CPA, JD, LLM Director in our Domestic and International Tax Services Practice

Posted by: VZ on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Janessa N. Valera joined VZ as a Director in our Domestic and International Tax Services Practice on August 4th. She brings with her more than six years of tax experience, which she gained while working at Big Four accounting firms in New York and Miami.

Ms. Valera's experience includes advising clients on the U.S. tax implications of various domestic and international transactions. She has also liaised with firms in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia to develop efficient worldwide tax strategies for multinational companies. In addition to being involved in tax planning matters, Ms. Valera has assisted clients with satisfying domestic and international tax compliance requirements. She has served clients in a wide range of industries, including real estate, pharmaceutical, banking, and entertainment.

Ms. Valera has been a Certified Public Accountant in Florida since 2006, and in 2007 became licensed to practice law in Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami in 2003. She also earned a Juris Doctor degree and Master of Laws in Taxation degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Bar Tax Section, Cuban American CPA Association, and Cuban American Bar Association.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Valera to our firm!

Member of:

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants

National Association of Certified Valuations Analysts

Geneva Group International

 



Governor Rick Scott congratulates Raymond J. Zomerfeld, CPA

Governor Rick Scott congratulates Raymond J. Zomerfeld, CPA

Posted by: VZ on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Raymond J. Zomerfeld, CPA, is honored to have received a letter from Governor Rick Scott congratulating him for being included in the South Florida Business Journal's list of top power leaders in law & accounting.



Governor Rick Scott congratulates VZ

Governor Rick Scott congratulates VZ

Posted by: VZ on Monday, June 5, 2014

VZ is honored to have received a letter from Governor Rick Scott congratulating the firm for being included in the South Florida Business Journal’s list of top accounting firms for 2014.



Raymond J. Zomerfeld selected as South Florida’s 2014 Power Leader Honoree

Raymond J. Zomerfeld, CPA was selected as South Florida’s 2014 Power Leader Honoree

Posted by: VZ on Monday, June 5, 2014

VZ Founding Partner Raymond J. Zomerfeld, CPA was selected as an honoree for South Florida’s 2014 Power Leaders in Law and Accounting in the South Florida Business Journal. The honorees were selected on account of notable contributions in their respective specialty areas. Ray was recognized in the areas of valuation analysis, litigation support, insurance casualty and economic loss.



Margarita G. Lisker, CPA – Promoted to Director in Tax Department

Margarita G. Lisker, CPA – Promoted to Director in Tax Department

Posted by: VZ on Monday, June 5, 2014

Margarita G. Lisker, CPA has been a key team member at VZ since 1997. Her specialty extends well over 15 years in the areas of domestic and international tax, general accounting, estate tax planning and tax planning and research. As the firm's tax director, Ms. Lisker is now responsible for domestic and international planning, research and review of tax projections and returns, administrative and management issues related to tax department organization, staff development and training, and leadership development.



Beatriz Martin, CPA, is incoming President of the Cuban American CPA Association

Beatriz Martin, CPA, is incoming President of the Cuban American CPA Association

Posted by: VZ on Monday, March 18, 2014

Betty has been honored with the appointment of President of the Cuban American CPA Association. The Cuban American CPA Association is a trade association formed in the State of Florida as a not-for-profit organization for the purpose of promoting the advancement of professionalism within the Cuban American (including other nationalities) CPA community through its continuing education programs and to provide a network among those exercising the profession in order to facilitate professional consultation among members. Betty now joins the line of presidents of the Cuban American CPA Association along with our very own Partner, Armando Vizcaino, CPA, who shared this honor as well early in his career. 

We congratulate Betty, who is a seasoned professional with 15 years of experience in audit planning and supervising. Aspartner of VZ, she is responsible for the preparation, review, and completion of all audits, specializing in the not-for-profit and construction sectors.



First Bank Florida grand opening reception

First Bank Florida grand opening reception

Posted by: VZ on Monday, March 18, 2014

On March 6, 2014, Jorge R. Mesa, CPA, Beatriz Martin, CPA, and Ray Zomerfeld, CPA, CVA, represented VZ during the celebration of First Bank Florida’s grand opening reception.



Cynthia R. Ow, CPA, is Now Director of Accounting

Cynthia R. Ow, CPA, is Now Director of Accounting

Posted by: VZ on Monday, February 19, 2014

Cynthia joined our firm in 1998 and has over 20 years of experience in tax and accounting. She is a graduate of St. Thomas University.



Ileana C. Alvarez, CPA, is Now Director of Quality Control

Ileana C. Alvarez, CPA, is Now Director of Quality Control

Posted by: VZ on Monday, February 19, 2014

Ileana joined the firm in 2003. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and her masters from St. Thomas University. Her specialty ranges from large not-for-profit audit engagements toperformance of peer reviews.



H. James Patton

H. James Patton, CPA, CFE, is now Audit Manager

Posted by: VZ on Monday, February 19, 2014

James has 13 years of experience and offers vast knowledge of the audit process. He is a graduate of Florida State University and certified in financial forensics.



The 2014 Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference by the FICPA

Posted by: VZ on Monday, January 28, 2014

This past January 9, 2014 Ray Zomerfeld attended the 2014 Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference by the FICPA

Designed for forensic and valuation practitioners, this 2-day innovative session included topics like Recovery from Third Parties, Daubert Panel Discussion, Divorce Case Law Update, Accounting for Risk, e-discovery in an Accounting World and much more.



Raymond Zomerfeld Re-Elected Chair of the Coral Gables Economic Development Board

Raymond Zomerfeld, a founding partner of Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP Certified Public Accountants of Coral Gables, continues his position as chair of the City of Coral Gables Economic Development Board. He leads the board in assisting the city's development department in goal development and implementation, identifying markets and economic trends, and creating programs to attract new business.



Ileana C. Alvarez, CPA, Is Now Audit Manager

We are proud to announce the promotion of Ileana C. Alvarez from audit senior to audit manager. She has been with the firm for more than eight years, offering her vast knowledge of the audit process and her full commitment to client service to every engagement. Ileana received a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Florida International University as well as a Master's Degree from St. Thomas University. Congratulations!



Partner Beatriz Martin Making a Difference at Miami Bridge

VZ partner Beatriz Martin lends her accounting and audit specialty in the not-for-profit sector to Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services. Currently, she sits on the organization's board, where she serves as treasurer. Thanks to Ms. Martin's guidance and prudent financial stewardship, the Miami Bridge is able to serve more than 700 at-risk children each year as well as fulfill their mission to promote positive youth development and strengthen and support families.



Audit Manager Ileana Alvarez Joins the United Way's Audit Committee

The United Way, one of the largest and most respected nonprofits in the world, has chosen VZ own Ileana Alvarez to serve on the Miami chapter's audit committee. By leveraging Ms. Alvarez's experience and specialty, United Way Miami can continue to show donors and volunteers alike how the organization makes efficient use of their funds as well as their commitment to complete financial transparency.



Partner Jorge R. Mesa Joins the Dean's Business Advisory Council at St. Thomas University

Jorge Mesa, CPA and VZ partner, offers his nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting industry to St. Thomas University School of Business. As a member of the Dean's Business Advisory Council, his insights and perspectives will help shape tomorrow's tax and accounting leaders.



VZ Announces Newest Member: H. James Patton, CPA, CFF

H. James Patton has recently become a member of Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP. He brings more than 12 years of accounting and auditing experience as well as extensive financial forensics specialty to his new role. Mr. Patton is a graduate of Florida State University and holds both CPA and CFF designations.



VZ Addresses Skepticism in the Accounting Profession in a Special Presentation

Partner Beatriz Martin and staff auditor Rachel Benitez gave a presentation recently to the Asociasion de Contadores Cubanos en el Exilio. They discussed how skepticism in the accounting profession has grown, given the fact that many firms failed to detect and address fraud (Enron, for example). The investing public is wary, and Ms. Martin and Ms. Benitez offered their perspectives on the situation. They also shared their opinions as to how financial reporting can be improved as well as how the profession can engender more confidence within today's investors.



VZ Rebrand - Conveying their Culture and Value-Added Services

Not all accounting firms are alike. At VZ, we adopted a new name, identity and tagline to distinguish ourselves as a valued advisor to our clients' financial team. We wanted to find a statement that embodied our culture and communicated the value-added service that sets us apart, our focus on the bottom line. Through our vision, integrity, and commitment, we help many financially challenged companies get their house in order and return to profitability. Nothing is more rewarding than helping a client move from red to black!a



Raymond Zomerfeld Re-Elected Chair of the Coral Gables Economic Development Board

Raymond Zomerfeld, a founding partner of Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP Certified Public Accountants of Coral Gables, continues his position as chair of the City of Coral Gables Economic Development Board. He leads the board in assisting the city's development department in goal development and implementation, identifying markets and economic trends, and creating programs to attract new business.