In our dynamic community, it’s not surprising to discover our college’s alumni are making huge strides in a variety of industries. Not only are our 30,000 plus business school alumni empowered with the knowledge they acquired in the college, but also, they possess the drive and integrity to lead South Florida’s future.
Take Alex Vega, for example. Vega earned his BBA from our School of Accounting in 1990 and went on to receive his Master of Science in Taxation in 1996. Today, Vega is responsible for the leadership and supervision of the City of Hialeah’s financial matters.
“My goal, in a collaborative effort with 1,800 individuals who work for the city of Hialeah, is to implement Mayor Julio Robaina’s vision for the city,” he said. “ My job, specifically, is to communicate that vision across the organization.”
Vega has gained invaluable experience throughout his career. Before working for the city of Hialeah, he spent four years as an international consultant for Resource Global Professionals, Inc., a consulting spin-off of Deloitte & Touche LLP, and as a litigation consultant/audit manager for Rachlin Cohen and Holtz LLP. Additionally, Vega has ten years of progressive experience in multinational, national, and large local accounting firms, including Ernst and Young, LLP; BDO Seidman; and Grau & Company P.A.
Vega advises students and young alumni seeking to become CFO’s to focus on polishing themselves in the following qualities:
- capacity to operate at either macro- or micro- level
- broad business experience
- willingness to take reasonable risks to grow a business
- social insight
- skills to analyze an issue from all angles and foresee its solutions
Above all, Vega stresses the importance of education.
“All of us have to be committed to continual learning, either by obtaining additional degrees or by reading everything we can get our hands on,” he said.