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CEO/ CPA, BS Accounting (Melrose Park & Aurora)
Santos is the founder of Ochoa & Associates Ltd. accounting and tax services firm. Santos has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and real estate, equipping him to deal effectively on behalf of his clients on issues related to federal and state income tax planning. Through cost segregation studies, research and development tax credit studies and other tax strategies, Santos has worked closely with clients to minimize their tax and simultaneous help them purchase or get approved for commercial or residential home purchases In addition to being license as a Certified Public Accountant he currently also is a license real estate broker. He also has experience as a licensed Loan Originator helping clients purchase and refinance their homes. His vast real estate, business, and accounting experience allows him to give his clients unmatched advice.
He began his career working as an accountant, financial analyst, and accounting manager working for fortune 500 companies such as Allstate Insurance Corp., AT&T, Georgia Pacific, Equity Office Real Estate Properties Inc. and most recent BMO Harrris Bank.
Santos’s passion as a CPA and business owner is to promote small businesses, encourage the small business owners, develop accounting and digital marketing strategies that have worked for his businesses.(Google, Facebook, etc.)
Santos is gregarious, and people are drawn to his outgoing personality. His an athlete that has ran numerous Chicago Marathons, played high school basketball and plays golf.
Accounting & Tax Manager (Aurora)
Ilisa Ochoa has worked more than +7 years with Ochoa & Associates Ltd. and in a very short time has been promoted to Manager of Ochoa & Associates Ltd (Aurora). She has working knowledge of small business taxes and payroll, individual taxes 1040, and our in house quick books expert. She also handles all of our worker’s compensation insurance audits for our business clients. She is currently enrolled to obtain her Accounting Associates at Waubonsee Community College.
She has been preparing income taxes for more than 10 years. After, successfully completing and becoming certified as tax preparer with the H&R Block Course. She began working for order express where she prepared income taxes during tax season. This where she gained valuable business customer experience and invaluable knowledge of international money transfers(Mexico), international freight, etc. Her attention to detail and accuracy makes her invaluable to our firm.
In her spare time she likes to horse back ride, exercise, and read. She is also currently enrolled in course work to obtain her Property/Casualty Insurance State License.
Accounting & Tax Manager (Melrose Park)
Mari has been part of the Ochoa & Associates Ltd team since 2012. She started as a part-time tax preparer and in 2013 she began full-time. Mari has over seven years of experience in business and personal tax preparation, payroll, incorporations, audits and business accounting.
She went to school to enhance her credentials at College of Dupage. And she counts with various certificates in Excel and Quickbooks administration. She manages the Melrose Park location, and she is the main contact for all businesses in the Melrose Park office.
Clients that have worked with Mari refer to her as a responsible and kind person. Mari is always willing to accommodate and provide the best client experience. She understands the importance of our clients that have a business and want to better themselves.
Her personal interests include gardening, going to the gym and spending time with her two boys.
Staff Accountant (Melrose Park)
Susana joined Ochoa & Associates Ltd. on January, 2015 as one of the receptionists while continuing her education simultaneously. She currently holds the position of Staff Accountant with an associate in Accounting & Business administration. Susana counts with almost five years of experience in tax preparation, payroll services, sales tax, office administration and incorporation for small businesses.
She contributes honesty, integrity and excellent customer service that our clients really appreciate. Susana has a great disposition to learn new things to serve people and increase her credentials. She is currently pursuing a BA in Accounting. Susana’s willingness to learn and always provide the best service to our clients has been a contribution to our firm’s growth over the past years. People who interact with Susana recognize that she is always happy to help and genuinely trusting. Her personal interests include reading, drawing and spending time with family and friends.
Adriana has been part of the Ochoa & Associates ltd. team since January 2016. She began as a receptionist in which she stood out with her great customer service and willingness to always learn. She now holds the position of office assistant where she is in charge of various tasks, including maintaining organization, checking inventory, assisting the receptionist with any questions, payroll administration and managing ITIN documentation.
Adriana is a mom of a five-year-old and a two-year-old and although it has not been easy, she manages her time and energy to always provide the best customer service to our clients. When you walk in to Ochoa & Associates Ltd Adriana is always sure to welcome you with a smile.
Her personal interests include playing soccer and spending time with her children and husband.
Vanessa Joined Ochoa & Associates Ltd. Team on December of 2015. She started in the reception in Aurora Office, Vanessa had been very responsible and an exceptional customer Service. Vanessa always welcome our client with smile. She is always open to learn new thing, In Aurora office Vanessa is in charge of various tasks like, scheduled and confirmed the Appointments, Checking inventory in Aurora office, Payroll administration, sales tax reports and the ITIN procedure. Vanessa graduate with an IC3 Digital Literacy Certification in America Business collage, she is currently pursuing an Associate in Accounting.
In her personal Interests Vanessa like to keep up with the technology and Arts.
Azucena is the face that welcomes you at Ochoa & Associates Ltd. Melrose Park Location. This young girl is always happy to help our clients, she is always learning new things. Azucena, among other responsibilities is also in charge of scheduling & confirming appointments, as well as answering phone calls, greeting our clients and initial intake of information. Her disposition to always provide the best customer experience has been what mostly stand out from Azucena. In their free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.
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