By Keiter CPAs
VSCPA 2020 Outstanding Member Award Winner Featured in Member Spotlight
Director Mike Gracik, recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Member Award, was featured in the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) member spotlight.
“2020 Outstanding VSCPA Member: Mike Gracik, CPA” Excerpt:
“When Virginia native Mike Gracik Jr., CPA, attended the University of Virginia (UVA) on a full-ride athletic training scholarship, he didn’t think he would graduate with an accounting degree. “Accounting focuses on logical reasoning which really appealed to me. After my first class, I declared it my major.”
While attending UVA, Mike met Harry Dickinson, a longtime close friend and fellow CPA, who is also a former VSCPA Outstanding Member award winner. “We took all of our accounting classes together and both passed the CPA exam on the first try,” Mike said.
Obviously, there’s something special about the UVA. accounting graduating class of 1975.
Shortly after college, Mike started working for Peat Marwick (now KPMG) in Richmond on the audit side. After one-and-a-half years in audit, he was selected to work in a small tax group. In 1979, Mike left and went to work for a smaller firm, Gary, Stosch, Walls & Co., PC. “At some point in time, tax will click for you or not; in 1979, it clicked.” Five years later, Mike would make partner and help grow the firm to 100 employees.
Mike’s most significant career move was to join Keiter in 1991, when the firm was looking to grow their tax department. In 2014, Mike transitioned from tax partner to the firm’s managing partner. Since joining the Keiter team, Mike has witnessed the firm grow from 30 to 160 professionals. “I attribute this growth to our ability to provide the high quality client services and advice businesses need to be successful. Our goal is to be their long-term business partner. I tell people I went to college to study accounting and ended up a business developer and marketer.”
About Mike Gracik, CPA
Mike is a Director at Keiter. He has significant knowledge and experience in planning and structuring acquisitions and sales of businesses, succession planning, estate planning and administration, and tax planning for businesses and their owners. Mike is actively involved in the Richmond community, currently serving as the Chairman and member of the Massey Community Advisory Board and a proud member of the Society of 100 for Virginia Blood Services.
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