Sand in my Shoes Award - Man of the Year - Highest Award given by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
On February 13th, the weather did not deter over 800 guests from joining the Chamber in celebrating the 36th annual Sand In My Shoes Award Program honoring Tony Argiz from MBAF, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors. This award is presented to outstanding community leaders who have made significant contributions to the South Florida region, demonstrating their involvement, love and dedication to our community as the best possible place in which to live and work.
The success of the night was due in large part to the relationships fostered over the years with Tony Argiz. Dozens of companies and individuals signed up to be Honorary Host Committee sponsors within days of announcing Tony as the winner.
As the Chairman and CEO of MBAF since 1997, Tony Argiz has led the firm in becoming one of the top 40 accounting firms in the nation and the largest independent firm in Florida. Since assuming leadership of MBAF in 1997, the firm has grown from one office to thirteen offices. MBAF is now also an industry and workplace leader being named a 21-time honoree of INSIDE Public Accounting's annual list of the nation's 25 best managed accounting firms, and as a 2017 and 2018 Best Accounting Firm to Work for by Accounting Today.
With more than three decades of experience, Tony is a highly respected and nationally recognized practitioner in litigation consulting services and has developed extensive, in-depth knowledge and experience in practices involving audits, business planning, economic damages, fraud examinations, valuations, automotive dealerships, and litigation cases.
A committed civic and community leader, Tony has held leadership positions in several local organizations and has played a crucial role in their advancements and achievements. His impact in the community has been felt for over 30 years, and all those that know him, know that he has never backed down from a challenge or an opportunity to help others, be it through his involvement in organizations like United Way, FIU, the Archbishop’s Charity and Development Drive and our own Chamber. Nor will his contributions to the arts and culture of our society, including PAMM, the Adrian Arsht Center and the Orange Bowl, be soon forgotten.
Education is a particular passion for Tony and a cause he has championed throughout the years. He has served as chairman of the Miami Dade College Foundation, a board member of the Florida International University Foundation. Tony and and Conchi were leadership donors to Tampa Catholic’s “Lights On!” campaign, helping fund baseball and softball field lighting in 2014.
ln addition, he serves on the board of Coconut Grove Cares, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better community for the children and families in the Village of West Coconut Grove and is actively involved in the organization's neighborhood community center, The Barnyard.
A graduate of Florida International University, where he was a baseball scholarship player from Tampa Catholic High School, Tony is a Florida Certified Public Accountant. He resides is Coral Gables with his wife Conchi and is the proud father to Carolina Argiz Orozco, Tony and Andy Argiz, and grandfather to James and Max Orozco and Andres Argiz, Jr.