I am a Certified Public Accountant with Aaronson Lavoie Streitfeld Diaz and Co in Cranston. My practice focusses on small businesses and individuals trying to make a go of it in these very difficult times. Many of us are abnormally stressed by financial matters -- I try to put my clients at ease, and our firm has a very relaxed -- but professional -- feel.
My passion is networking and beyond the important matters of tax prep, business planning and financial guidance I help people connect with other people and resources that can help them, often through social media. I love doing this!
Our firm is also a specialist in non-profit accounting -- we are one of the leading such firms in the state. Recently I became involved as a mentor for "Social Venture Partners in Rhode Island" -- start-ups trying to make a difference.
I helped develop Rhode Island's first series of seminars on financial planning for same sex couples and was certified an "expert witness" in a major local civil liberties lawsuit.
I have begun appearing on Frank Coletta's Sunrise Business segment (NBC affiliate) to speak about business topics.
From New York/Jersey and live in Providence's East Side. Together with my wife and housemate we host the popular "soiree" "art party/open house" called "Rebel Headquarters "-- every other month.
I spent seven years living at and directing a Buddhist oganization. As my values are imbued with Jewish ethics I have coined the phrase "zen mensch accountant" to describe myself.
But you may call me Rich.