Gilbert R. Vasquez
Gilbert R. Vasquez has served as managing partner of Vasquez & Company since its founding in 1981 and oversees the firm's direction, strategic planning, administration, marketing and major account management. He has led successful practices in public accounting, auditing, taxation and financial consulting for nearly five decades.
Gil guided the firm's growth from a one-person consultancy into the largest Latino-owned CPA firm in California. In 2017, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) ranked Vasquez & Company among the top 1 percent of the 400 largest firms in the country.
A widely respected Certified Public Accountant, he was the first minority board member of the California Board of Accountancy, which is responsible for regulating more than 100,000 CPAs, and later served as president. He also is a former Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the Central District of California.
Gil was founder and president of ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, which now has 90,000 members and 200 chapters across the country, and a founding advisory board member of the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting. He also chaired AICPA's minority recruitment and equal opportunity committee.
He serves on the board of directors of Entravision Communications Corporation, Manufacturers Bank and Vanir Construction Management. He is chairman and founding board member of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the LA84 Foundation, which manages surplus funds generated by the 1984 Olympic Games.
A Legacy of Community Service
Gil has served on more than 40 boards of directors, including those of the California Endowment Fund, Citizens for Belvedere Park Community Planning and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He is chairman emeritus of UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) and earlier served on the boards of the California Jaycees, Cal State LA Foundation, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Green Dot Public Schools, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. He was a founding board member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.
He also served on the executive board of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and was the only Latino founding board member of the LA84 Foundation.
In recognition of his extensive community service, Gil received the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Achievement Award, Coca-Cola Company's Golden Hammer Award and YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles' Golden Book of Distinguished Service Award.
He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University, Los Angeles. At its 40th anniversary in 1984, the university recognized him as one of 40 distinguished alumni and in 2015 named him Alumnus of the Year.