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Michael R. Torres

Michael R. Torres


Michael R. Torres is a member of the public accounting firm PAAST. He has over 25 years of experience providing tax, accounting, attestation, business consulting, forensic accounting, and litigation support services to clients in the financial services, hospitality and tourism, investment funds, manufacturing, media, nonprofit, pharmaceutical, real estate, sports and entertainment, technology, and telecommunications industries. Michael’s experience includes preparing business plans for mergers and acquisitions, performing internal and external audits and operational reviews, financial consulting and tax planning. In addition, Michael has forensic accounting and fraud auditing experience on cases ranging from divorce to commercial litigation. Additionally, he has managed a variety of engagements, including loan portfolio reviews, bank-wide risk assessments, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering audits, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act audits, compliance audits, and information technology audits. Prior to starting his own public accounting firm, Michael was the vice president of finance for Marex, a NASDAQ listed company, and an audit senior at Arthur Andersen.

Michael has lectured at Florida International University (FIU), Polaris International, now known as Prime Global, and Bank United. He has appeared on Univision Television Network, CNN en Español Radio, Bloomberg in Español Radio, and Caracol USA Radio/1260 AM. In addition, Michael had articles published in the Daily Business Review and

Michael stays current with topics relating to public accounting and financial institutions by frequently attending national, state and regional conferences hosted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), Financial Managers Society; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Florida Bankers Association; Florida International Bankers Association; South Florida Banking Institute; and Certified Fraud Examiners.

Prior to starting his own public accounting firm, Michael was the vice president of finance for Marex, a NASDAQ listed company, and an audit senior at Arthur Andersen.

Florida International University

  • Bachelor of  Accounting | Master of Business Administration (magna cum laude)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)- State of Florida
  • Member – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member – Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Member- Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
  • Board Member (Past President, Secretary) – FICPA Miami Downtown Chapter
  • Past Member- FICPA Technical Accounting and Auditing Technical Section Committee
  • Member (Past President, Secretary) – Cuban American Certified Public
    Accountants Association
  • Accountant of Record- Cuban Exile History Museum
  • Past Member Prime Global, Finance Committee and Governance Committee
  • Director – Florida International University School of Accounting Advisory Board
  • Secretary and Treasurer- Hispanic Food and Beverage Foundation
  • Member- Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Advisory Board – Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam, CPAs and Associates, LLP.
  • Recognized as a Top CPA in Litigation Support by the South Florida Legal Guide
  • Named Most Supportive Professional by the Florida International University
    Accounting Association in 2009
  • 2012 South Florida Business Journal Key Partners Award
  • Top Impact Law and Accounting Leaders Award by the Business Leader Magazine
  • Awarded the Becker National High Score Award as a result of his high score on the Certified Public Accountant Examination
  • Florida International University
    • Prospective Financial Statements: Projections and Forecasts
  • Bank United
    • Bad Loans: Real Life Examples
  • PrimeGlobal
    • Tax of Foreigners
    • Paperless Office