When Alan Lips, CPA receives the James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award on Jan. 26 at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce “Champions of Business” awards luncheon, the illustrious honor will be the latest addition to a long list of accolades Lips has earned since joining Gerson, Preston Robinson & Company, P.A. (GPR) in 1995 and becoming a partner in 2002 – furthering the accounting firm’s mission to “set the professional standard.”
The focus of the awards luncheon to “continue a tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of exceptional business professionals that help build and strengthen the foundation of the community” is personified by Lips’ explanation of why clients, including some of the largest companies in South Florida, count on him and GPR for the highest quality accounting, auditing and tax services the firm has been providing since being founded by Gary R. Gerson in 1959.
“More than just number crunchers, our accountants are constantly challenged to expand their knowledge while staying on top of changes in tax laws,” Lips said. “Deeply committed to the diverse communities we serve, GPR actively participates in and sponsors programs directly benefitting our clients, the community as a whole as well as those in need.”
Lips has been a member of the Chamber’s Board of Governors for the past six years; has devoted his time to various Miami Beach government boards; and has been a prominent fundraiser and member of the Board of Trustees at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
A familiar face around Aventura, Lips serves on the Aventura Marketing Council’s Executive Board of Directors and is a benefactor of philanthropic AMC initiatives including the Anchors Away Foundation and the Michael Israel Sculpture benefitting the new Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.
Lips is also a trustee for the Aventura Police Pension; served on the Aventura Charter Review Committee and boards for the Anti- Defamation League and Aventura Chabad; is a member of Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center; and joins GPR in supporting Stephanie Trump’s “I Have A Dream Foundation.”
Sharing his expertise in the Aventura News, Lips is known as the “tax facts writer” – focusing on international taxation, real estate, construction, manufacturing and business consulting. He has worked with clients all over the world on inbound and outbound investment structuring and planning; preimmigration tax planning; U.S. income and estate tax planning; compliance and financial accounting; auditing; and acquisition of U.S. residential and commercial real estate.
With tax season fast approaching, Lips’ ability to respond to the impact of change and handle complex international and local tax matters as well as financial reporting facilitates the business success GPR helps attain for clients as one of Florida’s full-service accounting firms.
When Lips accepts the 2009-2010 James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award, business and community leaders gathered at the Eden Roc Renaissance will join in applauding his “integrity and commitment.”
“Alan has contributed so much to the Chamber and is truly admired by his peers,” said Chamber president and CEO Jerry Libbin. “Alan continues the rich tradition of his firm in giving back to his community,” said Michael Milberg, Executive Director of the Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation and past Miami Beach Chamber Chair.
“Alan’s guidance and leadership will continue to play a paramount role in the Chamber,” added new Board Chair Jason Loeb. “I look forward to presenting the James McDonnell Award to this well-deserving leader.”
For more information about the Jan. 26 Champions of Business awards luncheon or Alan Lips, CPA of Gerson, Preston Robinson & Company, P.A, phone 305-868- 3600 or visit gprco-cpa.com.