We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Irizarry-Amoruso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, how does your business help the community?
Forensic accounting is far reaching, ever changing, impacts global economies and sometimes a faceless crime. When I started Tradition Accounting, I wanted to use my skills as a Certified Fraud Examiner to teach small businesses about the pitfalls associated with internal fraud, how to detect and prevent fraud in their organization, investigate company financial deficiencies and the many benefits associated with outsourcing the in-house accounting or bookkeeping role. Throughout my career, I’ve learned about the statistics associated with small business fraud and the losses can be devastating to small business owners. By time the fraud is uncovered, they could already be bankrupt, have to make decisions to lay off staff, file insurance claims to recover losses and undergo years of litigation prosecuting the fraudster. It’s my mission to provide the local business community with the added value of having a forensic accountant on their side, add value with the numerous business resources available to help them recover and/or grow and make sure the dollars stay in the company and not lining the pocket of an employee taking advantage of their role within the organization.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career started at the bottom ranks of the accounting ladder and eventually worked my way up to become a manager. When I left my corporate career to start my own business it was scary because when starting out, I heard a lot of No! We aren’t interested. It’s difficult being a woman owned business in this professional climate. I kept looking within and stayed true to my purpose and passion to prove myself. Working in corporate provided me with many tools that I needed to be successful such as managing expectations, resolving conflict, dealing with different personalities, time keeping and schedules, professional exchanges. It’s important to never stop learning and growing; engage with other professionals, network, attend continuing education forums, meet someone new, introduce yourself to business resource. I am very excited to now have received my Minority, Woman Owned Certification with the State of Florida, I am a Certified EDWOSB with the Federal Government, I hold a CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) designation, I am accredited with the Better Business Bureau.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s the great thing about living in Florida. It is such a diverse community with so much to see. The itinerary would include the Dali Museum in St. Pete, attending a minor league Mets Game at Clover Park, clear kayaking at the Springs, swimming in the Venetial Pool in Coral Gables, eating Cuban Food in Little Havana. Hanging out at the rooftop bar at Treehouse in Palm Beach. Renting a boat and hanging out on the sandbar on Peanut Island.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The School of Accounting Forensics Program at Florida Atlantic University gave me the passion to pursue my fraud career. My son Alex and my parents Blanca and Daniel are great cheerleaders and a source of support to keep me going.