For the Melbourne branch of Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI), local certified public accountant (CPA) Michael Cerow always seemed like a natural fit. Cerow’s strong professional track record fit in conjunction with CRI’s mission to offer an unparalleled level of expertise in diverse industries and service specializations, and his investment in community initiatives aligned with the CRI commitment to public service. So when the time came for Cerow to reconsider his role as a sole proprietor, he chose to partner with CRI because he knew they would enable him to continue working toward a standard of excellence and serving his community at the same time.

As the Gulf Coast’s premier CPA firm in 2018 according to Accounting Today, CRI has set a standard for our region that demands the highest professional and public service commitment from their employees. And as Cerow delivered high quality, timely, and cost-effective services to his clients as the leader of Cerow and Company, a Brevard County family business, the partners at CRI noted his exceptional commitment to his role as a CPA and as a leader in his community. Cerow currently serves as chairperson for the Community Foundation of Brevard and as treasurer of the East Coast Zoological Society (Brevard Zoo).

“We provide large firm resources with local relationships,” explains Debbie Goode, partner-in-charge at the Melbourne office of CRI. Goode is involved in several Melbourne community initiatives, including the Space Coast Economic Development Commission, the United Way of Brevard, and weVenture’s League of Extraordinary Women. “We give back to our community and are very involved, and that’s really an emphasis for CRI. Professionally, we offer an unmatched breadth of resources to our clients – estate and trust, business valuation, litigation support, auditing and tax services, proactive tax planning, and even things like cybersecurity, TTI compliance (such as credit card processing), and government contracting and consulting. So we want the most outstanding individuals to provide peerless service in those areas. But it’s equally important to find young and energetic CPAs who can serve our client base and will also be strong contributors to our company culture of community service. We found such a person on all levels in Michael Cerow.” ◆