July Sax Spotlight: Michael Mikhail and Jeff Mucha

In this month’s Sax Spotlight, we highlight the work ethic and dedication of Account Service Associate, Michael Mikhail, and Senior Manager, Jeff Mucha.

Michael Mikhail

Please join us in shining our monthly Sax Spotlight on Account Service Associate, Michael Mikhail. Born in Egypt, Michael came to the United States at the age of 18 so he could go to college and start his career. He attended New Jersey City University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Michael’s goal is to go back to school to receive his MBA in Finance and work up the corporate ladder at Sax.

Through the various trainings Sax has to offer and the people around him, Michael says he has learned a lot since joining the firm. He has been able to strengthen his experience and learn from the leaders above him.


Read our Q&A to learn more about Michael:

 

What college did you attend? What was your major?

I attended New Jersey City University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

Any continued education or credentials?

I have received my Enrolled Agent Certification. Eventually, I would like to go back to school to obtain my MBA in Finance.

When did you start working at Sax? What is your current title?

I started working at the firm in June of 2018 as an Account Service Associate.

What are your day-to-day responsibilities at Sax?  What do you specialize in?

My day-to-day responsibilities include client write ups, book keeping, tax returns, and reviewing financial statements. I don’t specialize in a specific niche, so I support all the niches here and have my hands in a lot of the different industries.

What are a few things you have learned here?

It’s safe to say I’ve learned a lot in my time here at Sax. The firm and its resources have allowed me to strengthen my expertise through various training programs. One of the major advantages Sax has is the people here. Everyone is willing to help and offer their feedback and advice when you need it.

Explain some of your biggest achievements in your career.

My biggest achievement was coming to the U.S. and leaving Egypt so I could go to college and receive my Bachelor’s Degree. Because of that, I am able to work at Sax and do what I enjoy every day.

Do you have a vision or goal for your career?

My main goal is to go back to school to receive my MBA in Finance so I can further my education and continue to advance my career here at Sax.

What volunteer work and/or charities do you participate in?

Last year, I volunteered for “Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children” to help serve their holiday meal with other team members from Sax. I also volunteer at my church by coordinating various charity events.

Are there any other interesting facts about you outside of your work life?

I can speak Arabic and Spanish. Outside of work, I enjoy riding my motorcycle and sometimes I even ride it to the office.


Jeff Mucha

This month, we are proud to shine our Sax Spotlight on Senior Manager, Jeff Mucha. Jeff started his career at Sax after graduating from Montclair State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Throughout his career, Jeff has shown a tremendous amount of dedication to his clients and continues to be their #1 advisor. Although he does not specialize in a specific niche, Jeff considers himself a “jack of all trades” because of his expertise in every area of tax and accounting. Jeff has accomplished so much in his career at Sax, including receiving his CPA license, earning major promotions and even meeting his lovely wife at the firm!

Throughout the rest of his career, Jeff wants to continue to service his clients and be their go-to guy with any concerns, while still improving his skillsets and knowledge every day. Having been able to achieve so much while at Sax, Jeff still finds time to volunteer for his town’s Marching Band Association and working to clean up the shoreline at his local beach club.


Read our Q&A to learn more about Jeff:


What college did you attend? What was your major?

I attended Montclair State College before it became a University, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

Do you have any credentials?

I received my CPA license four years after graduating college.

When did you start working at Sax?

I accepted my first full time job offer at Sax right after graduating college in 1988.

What is your current title?

I am a Senior Manager.

What are your day-to-day responsibilities at Sax?  What do you specialize in?

My day-to-day responsibilities involve taking care of my clients’ needs, whether it be tax related or not.  My main responsibility is to guide my clients in the right direction, and I will continue to do that throughout my career. When I first started here at Sax, I was exposed to all areas related to tax, so I consider myself a go-to-guy for anyone’s tax needs.

What are a few things you have learned here?

Something I have been saying for years about Sax is that this is a great place to work. The firm has experts in all areas of tax and accounting, which is extremely helpful. Everyone here works together as a team and is willing to help each other out.

Explain some of your biggest achievements while working at Sax.

I met my wonderful wife, Cheryl, of over 25 years at Sax, which has been my biggest achievement of them all! Another big achievement of mine was being promoted from Supervisor to Senior Manager because of my dedication to my clients.

Explain some of your biggest achievements in life.

I raised two wonderful kids with my wife, who are now both young adults and achieving their own goals. I’m so proud of their accomplishments and I’m so happy they have remained so close to each other.

Do you have a vision or goal for your career?

I love what I do and want to continue to service my clients to the best of my abilities, while continuing to strengthen my skillsets and become an even better advisor.

What volunteer work and/or charities do you participate in?

Both of my kids were a part of the high school marching band, so I was heavily involved in the Band Parents Association. Although they both graduated, I’m looking forward to remaining involved in the coming years because I enjoy it so much. I am also the Recording Secretary and on the Board of Trustees for the Ocean Beach Surf Club – Unit One. Because of my involvement in the club, when I’m down the shore I walk by the beach and clean up the garbage.

Are there any other interesting facts about you outside of your work life?

Outside of work, I enjoy visiting breweries and tasting different beers. My wife and I have visited 35 different ones in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. During the summer, one of my favorite things to do is walk along the beach and watch the sunrise.