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Staff Profiles

Luis Castro, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
lcastro@manningsilverman.com

Luis Castro is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tax & Beyond, Manning Silverman & Company’s new concept that will bring the traditional CPA firm to the masses in an exciting format.

As an award-winning, innovative leader, Luis has built a reputation of catapulting organizational growth while successfully identifying opportunities to eliminate inefficiencies. Luis also builds lasting relationships with all clients (internal and external) and stakeholders to deliver complex and consistent results. Luis has an uncanny ability to see the bigger picture without losing sight of the details and implements sound business principles with intentional structure in every business area he works with, resulting in wildly successful initiatives and impressive organizational turnarounds. As a dynamic leader with a passion for managing all aspects of operations, Luis identifies novel resources and talented people and allows them to grow deeper in what they do best.

Luis has held leadership roles for multiple Fortune 500 organizations throughout his career, as well as several privately owned companies. This experience has helped Luis to realize that no matter the business-type or size of the firm, their overall success is predicated on one common thread – relationships. Companies that truly focus on their employees as much as their clients are always the most successful firms he has been a part of.

Luis received his MBA with a Concentration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2015. Luis is the proud father to four wonderful children – Jocelyn, Luis Jr, Lucius, and Luke. During his spare time, he is rooting for the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, or keeping up with the latest political news of the day.

Paola Meinzer
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
pmeinzer@manningsilverman.com

Paola Meinzer has over 20 years of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations experience acquired by working within a variety of fields including advertising, marketing and community outreach.

Paola is the marketing director, responsible for business development at Manning Silverman and Company.  She truly enjoys her position because it allows her to proudly represent the great team of CPAs and accountants at Manning Silverman.  She enjoys providing advocacy through educational seminars and developing new partnerships for the firm and she looks forward to continuing to build the company’s brand and new strategic partnerships in support of clients.

Paola is a Colombian native who emigrated to the United States over 15 years ago.  She is also a proud parent of two wonderful girls, Stephanie and Bella and is passionate about serving her surrounding communities.  She thrives on consistently providing support through engagement in business organizations.  She has been recognized as a leader in her community and has served on several boards, including the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.  She currently serves as a Trustee for St. Augustine College.  In 2014, she was featured in a national magazine as one of Chicago’s Leaders of the Future for her personal commitment in representing the strength and professionalism of Latinas in the workplace, in their quest to achieve the American dream.

Paola’s favorite quote is from Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Laura Johns, CPA
Vice President of Operations
LJohns@taxbeyond.com

Laura is the Vice President of Operations of Tax & Beyond. Laura began her career at a small Chicago CPA firm in 1989. After spending three years in public accounting and earning her CPA designation, she went on to serve as Comptroller at a commodities brokerage start-up. In her role there, she created an employee manual, established an employee benefits program, and provided systems to manage the accounting and finances of the business. Upon completion of those goals, she left the brokerage firm to begin her career in real estate, both in sales and as an investor. In 2007, Laura returned to a career centered around helping individuals navigate their tax savings opportunities. Within the tax industry, she served as an instructor, a media spokesperson and most recently, worked as a tax training developer, providing Continuing Professional Education for tax professionals. Throughout her career, Laura has continued to serve her small business clients as their tax and business advisor.

In her current role, Laura ensures that the entire team of tax professionals have the training and education they need to provide an outstanding experience to all our Tax & Beyond clients.

Laura earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

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