Neil Markowitz, CPA
Neil came to Berlin Ramos in 2007. He works with a wide variety of small and medium sized businesses ranging from real estate, hospitality, professional services, and everything in between. He is a founding member and former President of the Berlin Ramos Toastmasters Club as well as the captain of the Berlin Ramos Co-Ed softball team.
- University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
- Bachelor of Science, Accounting
- Master of Science, Accounting
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants
- Berlin Ramos Toastmasters Club
Why did you choose Berlin Ramos?
Berlin Ramos is small enough that we can give clients and employees the personalized attention they deserve, and it’s large enough to have experts available for any situation. Mostly, it’s the wonderful people that work here who make it a special place.
What do you enjoy most about being a CPA?
I enjoy the “public” aspect the most. I like working with a wide variety of individuals and businesses on a daily basis. It’s fun when you’re working with a restaurant one day, an apartment complex the next, and end your week with a physician’s office.
Can you describe the satisfaction you feel from a job well done?
The chance to help individuals and their businesses on a daily basis is very rewarding, but I draw the most satisfaction from figuring out a solution to more specific problems – tax implications of the sale of a rental property, or an equipment purchase versus a lease decision. The “once or twice a year” questions are some of my favorites.
Can you please share a business story that affected you personally?
I successfully helped a non-profit theater company avoid a very cumbersome regulation requirement that had snuck up on them. They had never had a professional prepare their tax returns, so a surprise notice came across their desk. I successfully convinced the requesting party to accept a less burdensome requirement and I put the theater company on the right path.
Fighting for the little guy was immensely fulfilling. The best part was meeting some incredible performers and becoming friends with a few people I otherwise wouldn’t have met.
Are there any other positive overlaps from your career into your personal life?
Skills I honed as a CPA, like organization and planning, have helped me manage my Co-Ed rec league softball team – we have by far the most dynamically designed line-up cards and scoresheets in the league!