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What is your biggest current challenge at work?

COVID-19 has brought new challenges to all industries. The mental toll this pandemic has taken on each of us varies, but requires all of us to connect and check in regularly with each other. For me, the biggest challenge has been finding new ways to build and maintain strong connections with team members.

What keeps you up at night?

We are a professional services provider, so the futures and overall success of our clients are constant concerns. The question that constantly runs through my head is: "Are we providing our clients with the best mix of services to help them grow and expand their businesses?"

What project is your company most proud of?

One project that stands out to me was when we worked with a growing construction company. They needed assistance with improving their internal controls over their financial reporting system and training their personnel. We were able to help the owners focus on the strategic growth and expansion of their business by relying more on the accuracy of their financial information to make decisions.

How does your ABC membership help your company?

Over the years, we have worked with a number of ABC members, and our firm is a member in other states where we operate. The ABC members with whom we work have recommended we join because of the valuable resources available to them and the relationships they have developed through membership. I look forward to meeting other members and serving as a resource to them through our thought leadership and events.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I've wanted to be an accountant since I was young. I even asked for a calculator for Christmas one year when I was a kid! I considered physics and engineering in high school, but I was never as interested in the topics as accounting.

What do you look forward to each day?

I look forward to connecting with team members and clients. I enjoy getting to know people, learning about their businesses and serving as a resource to them.

Tell us something no one in the industry knows about you.

I have a fear of heights that can be triggered very easily by driving over a bridge. At the same time though, I enjoy getting out of my comfort zone, which is why I've gone cliff diving and skydiving.

What is your favorite Metro Washington hangout/restaurant?

Four Sisters restaurant, I absolutely love the food.

Who would you trade places with for a day?

My priest, Father Dan Leary. His drive and passion to help others is inspiring and contagious.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?

The Boondock Saints. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Feel free to call me after and discuss the movie.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy running and spending time with my wife and kids.

What business/career advice do you wish you had when you began?

Join Toastmasters International during college and start interning in the accounting field earlier. Both of these activities will launch your career further.

What book are you currently reading?

Building A Story Brand

What was your first job?

I worked for College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center as a back aisle attendant, banquet server and front desk clerk/night auditor. I would go from one department to the next and just change my uniform.

Sikich is a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology and advisory services. Our experienced and skilled professionals are dedicated to the construction and real estate industries and understand the challenges construction professionals face. Sikich's deep industry focus supports your construction business and provides the necessary foundation to help fulfill your strategic goals.


 

Marco Fernandes, CPA

Partner, Audit and Assurance

Sikich, LLP