BDO USA, LLP Restructures South Florida Practice

December 2017

Jerry Walsh
December 6, 2017
(631) 419-9008

New Miami Tower Office Part of Three Office South Florida Practice

Chicago - BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and advisory firms, today announced its existing Miami and Coral Gables offices will combine into one location at Miami Tower, effective December 18.  The move is the most visible evidence of a new South Florida strategy which brings significant changes and emphasizes increased focus on delivering integrated services to clients in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties.  The new Miami office, which encompasses more than 22,000 square feet on the 17th floor of the Miami Tower, will have 125 employees and the firm anticipates adding an additional 35 staff at that location in the near term.
“Bringing the nearby Coral Gables practice under one roof in the new Miami office will provide the benefits of enhanced client service through more effective shared resources and improved collaboration. We have a strong history of working together among our South Florida offices and this will further ensure clients are able to benefit from BDO’s broad array of services, extensive industry experience and the wide-ranging resources of the BDO global network,” said Paul Heiselmann, Managing Partner of BDO USA’s Southeast Region.  “Whether it is SEC representation, advice on cybersecurity, tax guidance for businesses and their owners, or another assurance, tax or advisory area, clients need to know we have the resources to help them in addressing the challenges they face from day-to-day.”
Exceptional Workplace
The new Miami Tower office will embody BDO’s Exceptional Workplace strategy that the firm has been rolling out in new offices around the country.  Exceptional Workplace is a flexible office strategy that enables a collaborative work environment that serves different work styles across BDO practice groups and generations.  Open, flexible workspace connects teams and individuals to drive knowledge sharing, learning and mentoring.  This builds the institutional knowledge of all professionals, who are empowered to provide superior service. 
BDO USA Latin American Headquarters
The new Miami office will serve as the home of BDO USA’s Latin American Desk and as the center for the CEO of the Americas region of BDO International, Ltd, the global network of independent BDO firms.  Ernie Saumell, a co-leader of the Latin American Desk will be based in the office, as will Albert Lopez, a former assurance leader for Miami and the Southeast region of BDO USA, who was recently named CEO of the Americas region of the BDO network.  These resources will place Miami at the center of BDO USA’s growth strategy for Latin America as the firm helps clients facilitate cross border business activity by coordinating access to local assurance, tax and advisory resources. 

“BDO’s expansion and establishment of its Latin American headquarters in Miami demonstrates our stature as an international business hub with sophisticated high value professional services to assist multinational companies in growing their business,” said Michael Finney, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council.
Leadership Announcements
Alfredo Cepero will serve as assurance managing partner for all of the South Florida practice.  The firm also announced that Vince Carrodeguas, an assurance partner, has been assigned to drive professional training and career development for assurance personnel in the South Florida.
Sandy Horowitz will serve as the tax managing partner for the new Miami office, while Daniel Castro and Lori Myers will serve as the tax managing partners for the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices respectively.  Madeline Elias has been appointed to a new role as tax market leader for South Florida, which is focused on enhancing the tax practice’s relationships with the business community throughout the region. 
BDO’s Florida Footprint
BDO USA has more than 400 staff serving Florida businesses from offices in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach.  More than half of those resources are based in the firm’s South Florida practice.  Below is contact information for the firm’s three South Florida locations.
Miami Tower
100 SE 2nd Street, 17th Fl.
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-381-8000

1601 Forum Place
9th Floor, Centurion Plaza
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-688-1600

515 East Las Olas Boulevard
5th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-989-7462

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