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This month we shine the spotlight on our VP of Taxation & LIHTC, Greg Gomez. We are extremely grateful to have him as part of the team!

"I graduated college back in the 80’s. I took my first public accounting job where I stayed for almost three years performing financial engagements and tax return preparation and consulting. I then moved to a worldwide construction company where I spent the next four years. My specialty there was multi-state corporate tax and international taxation. In 1996, I re-entered the public accounting arena where I spent the next 10 years. It was here, where I first met Brian. He was one of my first clients. I prepared both his individual and corporate tax returns. Back then, neither IPG nor Sage existed. Over the next 10 years, I was personally responsible for making Brian happy or sad depending on whether he had to pay taxes or received a tax refund. Fast forward to 2005. I was preparing Brian’s 2004 individual tax return. I was upset because Brian was sending me his tax information piecemeal and I can’t clear him off my “to do” list. I called him and told him that I was going to charge him $25,000 to prepare his return. He in return invites me to come in-house and clean things up. I said no way! In December of 2005, I called him to discuss year-end tax planning and he mentioned that the offer still stands. I decided to take up his offer and in January of 2006 I joined IPG. By then, IPG had become its own corporation in February of 2005.  The office was located on the circle in Fashion Island (Newport Beach, CA). We then moved to 19972 MacArthur upstairs and downstairs and eventually to 18006 Sky Park. When I started it was just me, Amber, Rebecca, Sara, Elizabeth and Nicole. Also, Yvette Maldonado would join later that year. Like Amber and me, Yvette is also considered an “oldy.” Two of the first things I did were set up a retirement plan and health insurance for the employees. Over the past 16 years, I’ve watched the company grow from a handful of properties to two decent size portfolios. I say “watched” because the company’s growth is Amber’s story for another day. I’ve worn a lot of hats in the company. Suffice it to say that my primary duties are keeping the books and preparing tax returns. In 2013, I moved over to Sage to handle the apartment portfolio and LIHTC properties. I’ve been here ever since. It’s been a great sixteen years and counting. Two pieces of advice I give you. First, communication is key! Be or become an effective communicator with your upline and downline. Second, be able to adapt to any type of personality that you are working with."

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