Hispanic Financial Organizations CACPA and ALPFA Recognize Members’ Outstanding Achievements with the...

Hispanic Financial Organizations CACPA and ALPFA Recognize Members’ Outstanding Achievements with the ‘Dewar’s (R) 12 Award of Excellence’

Awards bestowed upon Carlos Perez-Abreu and Alexis Berenz during celebration held to celebrate the end of tax season


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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)– April 19, 2004 – Carlos Perez-Abreu from the Cuban American CPA Association (CACPA) and Alexis Berenz, from the Association of Latin Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), were each honored with the Dewar’s(R) 12 Award of Excellence – the first Dewar’s 12 Awards of Excellence ever presented. The awards were bestowed upon Perez-Abreu and Berenz by their respective association’s peers in recognition of their “outstanding professional achievement in the field of finance and accounting.” The awards ceremony was the highlight of the “End of Tax Season” celebration hosted by Dewar’s 12 Finest Scotch Whisky at its Clubhouse in the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. The event was part of Dewar’s 12’s national Executive Happy Hour Series, and featured complimentary Dewar’s drinks, gourmet appetizers and live music.

“The Dewar’s 12 Award of Excellence recognizes achievers that embody the spirit of what makes Dewar’s 12 a superb Scotch whisky: unsurpassed quality, impeccable character and simply outstanding in every way,” said Christine Moll, Dewar’s 12 Marketing Manager.

Carlos Perez-Abreu currently serves as a Director of the Cuban American CPA Association (CACPA) and has been with the organization since 1996. He was elected to the CACPA Board in 1999 and then elected CACPA President for the 2001-02 period. During his tenure as President, Perez-Abreu was instrumental in elevating, with the help of his colleagues, the Association’s level of recognition throughout the community.

“I’d like to thank Dewar’s 12 for this prestigious Award; and, on behalf of the Association I’d like to express our sincere gratitude to Dewar’s 12 for the support given to us to carry out our events, including the hosting of our monthly seminars and the help received in our post-graduate scholarship fundraising initiatives. Without Dewar’s 12, the current level of activity enjoyed by the Association would not be possible,” said Perez-Abreu.

A Miami native, Perez-Abreu is a Certified Public Accountant and Partner of his own Miami-based firm, Perez-Abreu, Aguerrebere and Sueiro, established 5 years ago. His firm specializes in audit, litigation support and business consulting services. The firm provides its services to a variety of industries such as Banking, Construction and Employee Benefit Plans, among many others. In addition, the firm conducts extensive pro-bono work for local organizations including: Amigos Together for Kids, the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association and The Vizcayans. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1996 and worked with a major Miami accounting firm before starting his own firm. He earned his BBA and MBA from the University of Miami.

Alexis Berenz, recipient of the Dewar’s 12 Award of Excellence on behalf of ALPFA, said, “I was very excited and surprised when I received the Dewar’s 12 Award of Excellence on behalf of my fellow ALPFA members. All our members are incredibly active within the organization, so for them to have chosen me as the award recipient is truly a great honor.”

Also a Miami native, Alexis Berenz has been active with ALPFA for two years, and at 23 years of age is currently the youngest ALPFA Board Member serving as Secretary of the Board. Berenz also serves on ALPFA’s Convention and Events committees and is responsible for coordinating all the Miami Chapter events and communicating with the chapter’s 300+ members. She also serves as Co-Chair for ALPFA’s National Convention, which every year brings together the organization’s 19 national chapters. Berenz began her career at age 18 and has worked for the past 5 years at Ernst & Young, where her responsibilities included providing administrative support to the marketing, tax, audit, litigation, and other departments within the company. She will be starting a new job in the coming weeks with Premier Partners, LLC. Berenz currently attends Miami-Dade College and is planning on pursuing a Finance degree at Florida International University next year.

About John Dewar and Sons Company

For over 155 years, the contributions of John and Tommy Dewar’s to the production of Scotch Whisky and the art of promotion and marketing, have been an example of the entrepreneurial spirit that has positioned Dewar’s(R)12 and Dewar’s(R) White Label(R) as two of the finest and most desirable aged whiskies available. Since it was awarded with the first prize at the Edinburgh exhibition of 1886,

Dewar’s White Label has obtained more than 60 medals for the quality of its blend, more than any other competitor. Dewar’s 12 was recently recognized as the “Best Blended Scotch” in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. John Hansell of Malt Advocate describes the product in the following way: “like the flagship Dewar’s White Label, this 12 Year Old Reserve expression is beautifully balanced…it successfully maintains the Dewar’s profile while providing a more mature flavor.” Gary Regan, of the prestigious magazine Wine Enthusiast, describes the product in the following manner: “Lots of character, a touch of moss, and a sigh of honey demonstrate its presence and are well interlaced. Categorized as a Best Buy.” For additional information: http://www.dewars.com.

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Hispanic Financial Organizations CACPA and ALPFA Recognize Members’ Outstanding Achievements with the ‘Dewar’s (R) 12 Award of Excellence’