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Most Influential Minority CPAs: STAFORD FRANCOIS

Staford François is a Senior Manager in KPMG Los Angeles Audit Asset Management practice. Hailing from Haiti, after graduating from college, he moved to the United States in early 1998 to attend graduate School in Rochester, New York. In late 2001, he and his wife moved from Los Angeles to attend Texas A&M for graduate studies. Subsequent to graduation, he started working with KPMG Dallas in August 2006, where he focused mainly on consumer market clients and public clients. He requested a transfer to the Los Angeles office in late 2010 to be closer to family. As there was a great opportunity in the Investment Management practice at the Los Angeles office, he decided to refocus his career on the alternative investment sector, where he found his true calling.

Francois has more than 12 years of experience working as an external auditor, with background knowledge in financial accounting reporting and SOX 404 compliance audits. He has extensive experience in auditing Fund to Funds, Private Equity Funds, 1940 Act Funds, Hedge Funds, and Broker-Dealers. One of his biggest recent accomplishments was to assist his team at KPMG, The KPMG All Stars, to reach a key fund raising milestone. The team raised a cumulative total of 1 million dollars to fund research for Multiple Sclerosis.

Francois loves teaching and provides mentorship to younger accountants who want to become CPAs both at KPMG and outside the firm. Over the decade of his career with KPMG, he has aided his diverse counselees in the various career paths and ensuring their retention within the profession.

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