Senior Director of Garcia & Ortiz, P.A., involved in the practice of public accounting since 1971. The firm is considered one of the largest independent C.P.A. practices on the west coast of Florida.
Mr. Garcia has been a resident of Tampa since 1961 when he emigrated from Cuba at age 26. He worked in private industry in Tampa for ten years and in 1971, together with Louis Ortiz, founded Garcia & Ortiz, P.A. which developed into the present organization.
Mr. Garcia graduated from the University of Havana in Cuba and practiced public accounting there for five years. He later attended and graduated from the University of Tampa receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (1964). In 1972, Mr. Garcia received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida as one of the program ’s first graduates. He became certified in 1971.
Mr. Garcia is a member of the Florida and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants; he is an associate member of the Florida Bar - Health Care Division. In 1987, he was named by “Money Magazine” as one of the top 100 practitioners in the country; in 1999, he was chose by “Florida Medical Business” as one of the top practitioners in the health care area.
Luis Garcia is involved with multiple civic organizations primarily focusing on children and education. He was one of the founders of the Hillsborough Education Foundation in 1987 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He is on the Boards of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, Partner’s Circle, Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, the West Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and The Bank of Tampa. He is also active on several business and civic organizations’ advisory boards in the Tampa Bay area.
Over the years, Mr. Garcia has been recognized and received multiple awards.
Luis Garcia and Mary have been married for almost 40 years, enjoying their six children, their spouses, thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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