Octavio A. Verdeja, Jr., CPA, has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. Previously employed by Ernst & Young, Octavio is currently the Managing Partner of Verdeja, De Armas & Trujillo, LLP . Octavio has specialized in the not-for-profit and education industries with clients such as local museums, art centers and children’s organizations. Octavio has become a leader in the audits of schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties, where he currently audits large schools including charter, private and not-for-profit schools.
Octavio has been involved in the real estate development industry for over 20 years. His clients have included some of the largest developers and contractors in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Octavio has performed many audits for condominium and homeowners associations. During his career, Octavio has been called upon to provide expert testimony in litigation cases including divorce, wrongful death and high profile political cases.
In 1979, Octavio earned his accounting degree from the University of Miami where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 1981, he was licensed as one of the youngest CPA’s in the State of Florida. In 2005, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Octavio Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe. In 2009, Governor Crist reappointed him. Octavio is a member of the University of Miami Citizens Board and past-Treasurer of the University of Miami’s Cuban Collection. He is a member of both the AICPA and the FICPA and has been a guest speaker at the University of Miami Center for Non-Profit Management. In 2011, Octavio was recognized as a key partner in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal.
Years of Experience
- Over 30 years of public accounting experience
- University of Miami, BBA – 1979 – Magna Cum Laude
- Certified Public Accountant, State of Florida
Professional and Civic Activities
- Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- University of Miami – Citizens Board Member
- University of Miami – Not-for-Profit Center (guest speaker)
- Florida International University – Accounting Seminar (guest speaker)
- The University of Miami Cuban Collection – Past Treasurer
- United Way Capital Campaign Cabinet Member
- Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties–Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush and reappointed by Charlie Crist
- National Diocesan Fiscal Management Conferences (guest speaker)
- Early Learning Advisory Council – Tallahassee (guest speaker)