Kaufman, Rossin & Co.

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Kaufman, Rossin & Co. Company Profile

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No. 1

Kaufman, Rossin & Co. received some serious bragging rights at the end of 2008, when Accounting Today ranked it No. 1 in its inaugural Best Accounting Firms to Work For list.  Kaufman, Rossin & Co., which gained top honors in the "large companies" category, beat out Big Four firms such as KPMG and Ernst & Young, as well as other large firms like BKD and Clifton Gunderson.

In addition, for four years running, the South Florida Business Journal has named Kaufman, Rossin a Best Place to Work in the region.  The firm's 250 employees enjoy perks like a monthly book club, subsidized massage therapy and Kaufman Rossin University.  KRU, established in 2006, provides hundreds of classes annually in four curriculum areas: technical skills, management, technology and "life."  KRU's newest program ("designed to nurture the next generation of firm leadership," according to the firm) includes classes on people management, client relationship management and business development, using a variety of learning media, including live classes, a blog, podcasts and more. 

The roots of this celebrated firm can be traced back to 1962, when James Kaufman and Jay Rossin founded their self-titled firm.  Today, Kaufman is the firm's managing partner, while Rossin is a principal.  Both men are certified public accountants and graduates of the University of Florida.  Kaufman focuses on client service and all aspects of firm management.  He is a member of the University of Florida's Hall of Fame, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He also spends time on the lecture circuit.  Rossin, who studied business administration and currently concentrates on services for wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs, sums up his firm's philosophy thus: "This is essentially a people business combined with a numbers discipline.  It's a combination in which we excel."

100% organic

Headquartered in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, Kaufman, Rossin's first clients were doctors, hotels and family owned businesses.  Over the years, the firm expanded to Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale-and that growth has been entirely organic, with no mergers or acquisitions.  Although Kaufman, Rossin is not South Florida's oldest accounting business, the firm's research shows that it is the oldest South Florida firm with both its original name and original managing partners.

Kaufman, Rossin's activities include a range of accounting, audit, tax and business consulting services, and its clients are public and private companies, individuals and not-for-profit organizations.  Kaufman, Rossin organizes its work around the varied needs of each client group, providing services for businesses, individuals, nonprofits, bankers (including fraud investigation, business technology consulting and operational/management consulting) and attorneys (including forensic accounting, litigation consulting, estate and trust services and business valuations).


Hedge fund honchos

In addition to its more general practice, Kaufman, Rossin & Co. specializes in one industry: hedge funds.  Though affiliate company Kaufman Rossin Fund Services (KRFS) is no longer owned by Kaufman, Rossin, it carries traces of its public accounting pedigree.  Like its former parent, KRFS uses paperless technology and rigorous controls to provide fund accounting and administration services to hedge funds around the world.  For hundreds of funds, both onshore and off, KRFS has become the go-to for startup, accounting and valuation, back-office outsourcing, tax services, investor services and corporate services.  In September 2008, KRFS received top honors in a Global Custodian magazine survey, in which clients rated it the top hedge fund in its peer group. 

That personal touch

In addition to its core client base of entrepreneurial businesses, the not-for-profit sector has proven to be profitable for Kaufman, Rossin.  The firm currently handles more than 80 nonprofit clients, with audit capability that includes the Florida Single Audit Act and OMB Circular A-133 audits.  Work in the nonprofit sector isn't just business, either.  According to the firm, it's also personal, as many of its partners, professionals and administrative staff contribute time to their favorite charitable causes.  The idea, according to Kaufman, Rossin, is to provide personal, dedicated service (like a small CPA practice) backed by decades of expertise (like a larger practice).

Part of Praxity

Kaufman, Rossin is a member of Praxity, the global alliance of independent accounting firms.  Praxity's membership stands at about 109 firms in 72 countries (including eight U.S. firms), and includes more than 24,000 employees and combined fee income of $3.2 billion.

Public Accounting Report's 2008 listing of the top 100 U.S. accounting firms by revenue placed Kaufman, Rossin at No. 53.  For its fiscal year ended May 2008, the firm booked net revenue of $48.94 million.

GETTING HIRED

Satiate your senses

There's practically a virtual multimedia party happening at the careers section of Kaufman's website. The firm invites applicants to "watch, read and hear" why they should work there via video, audio and detailed written explanations of life at the firm. Under the "What do we need?" section, you can also check out open positions along with the necessary requirements.   also a "Day in the Life" section that spotlights the typical days of individual employees. If any of the openings pique your interest, you can send your resume to careers@kaufmanrossin.com. You can also download a recruiting brochure on the site loaded with facts about the firm's culture, growth opportunities and awards the firm has garnered.

The firm's 12-week internship program is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door.  You'll rotate through four of Kaufman's departments-tax, accounting services, audit and litigation counseling.  And your chances of getting a job offer upon completion of your internship look pretty good.  The firm says that "many of our interns become so much a part of the firm that they join us full time upon graduation."  If you're hoping to find something a little more tailored to your tastes, you can entertain the few opportunities available in other departments throughout the year "depending on your specific interests," the firm says.

 

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Kaufman, Rossin & Co.


2699 South Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Phone: (305) 858-5600
Fax: (305) 856-3284
www.krco-cpa.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: James R. Kaufman
  • 2010 Employees: 250

Major Office Locations

  • Miami, FL