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Ramona Cedeno

Ramona Cedeno

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

My name is Ramona Cedeno. I'm a CPA, CFP, and founder of FiBrick, an accounting firm based in NYC focused on empowering business owners by bringing clarity to their business finances. I love the stories numbers tell and use it to enhance financial reporting. Oh yes, I also enjoy tax planning!

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I saw Kristy speak at a Luminary event and was just fell in love with her vision for Ellevate!

How would you define your professional mission?

My professional missing is to build an accounting firm that creates jobs for young accounting professionals and helps every small business owner grow and scale his or her business.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Great people skills, accuracy, attention to detail, patience, time management, teamwork, being resourceful.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Passing the CPA and CFP exams!

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Building the right team for my firm

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

My dad was a good businessman, and I was good at math.. so when the time came to pick a career, I picked accounting. I worked in corporate America for 15 years in various accounting and finance roles. One day I felt ready to start my own accounting firm. The deciding factor was my need to have control over my time and who I worked with.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Knowing that my work makes a difference in the success of an entrepreneur or small business

What is your morning ritual?

I do a small prayer then meditate... exercising usually comes later in the day.

What is your favorite social media site? Why?

LinkedIn.. It's truly THE professionals and business owners' social media platform. A lot of prospective clients connect with me through LinkedIn.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

I never get tired of listening...

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

No.. as long as I can stop to focus on my kids and to exercise, work-life balance is good for me.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Be a sponge. Learn as much as you can from your boss, and it will pay off one day. Sure thing. Because of that, a couple of years later, I felt ready to start my own business.

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