When Ernesto “Ernie” R. Perez (BBA ’89) was two years old, his mother brought him to the United States from Cuba. Despite only having a third-grade education, she was in pursuit of the American Dream, and instilled in her son a strong work ethic that has guided him through his college career at the University of Georgia and his subsequent professional successes.
Today, Ernie is the CEO of Alvarez and Marsal, Taxand, LLC, in Miami. He leads 250 professionals in nine offices throughout the U.S. and London in providing tax consulting services to multinational companies, and private equity and high net worth individuals. His wife, Jamie, is the CEO of the Perez household, and ensures their children, Tyler, 17, and Kate, 13, are instilled with the same work ethic from which Ernie benefited.