40 The Queens Courier •rising stars •january 17, 2013 for breaking news visit www.queenscourier.com rising stars JANUARY 31, 2013 H H H H s Matthew M. JahrsDoerfer CPA, Principal Grassi & Co Matt Jahrsdoerfer is an audit principal based in the firm’s Jericho range of industries so each day brings a new challenge. office, with over 20 years of accounting and consulting experience. What have been your biggest obstacles and how did His primary focus has been on auditing of financial statements as you overcome them? well as compliance and filing requirements on a number of mergers, My biggest obstacle has been time management. Client acquisitions, initial public offerings and recapitalizations of both service always comes first but there are also administra- public and private companies. tive functions, practice development and professional He specializes in services for clients in the technology, manufac- education. The way I have dealt with this is by priori- turing, distribution and financial services industries. He is a member tizing tasks and that usually means tackling the most of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable. He is a Certified Public important and maybe most difficult task first thing in Accountant licensed in the state of New York, a member of the New the morning. York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Who’s your favorite author? What do you love most about your job? My favorite author is Keith Ferrazzi who wrote The thing that I love most about my job is the opportunity to get Never Eat Alone. This book taught me the power out in the field and provide accounting services to various types of relationships and how to build not only busi- of companies and meet various types of people. Being in public ness contacts but business contacts that are accounting affords me the opportunity to provide services to a wide friends silvia TeJeDa Paisley Demby Licensed Real Estate Broker Business Services Director Rapid Realty Astoria Inc. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses @PLaGuardia Community CollegeICK UP NEXT-Dominican Republic native Silvia Tejeda started work ing for Rapid Realty while studying at SUNY New Paltz. Realizing the potential of her burgeoning real estate career, WEEK’S Paisley Demby helps business ing the tools and knowledge they ed in Astoria. The office was so suc 2010, Demby has the unique oppor- More importantly, I am motivatedSTARS” “RISING FOR MORE - EDITION - H-What motivates you?I am motivated by the desire todevelop in our program. I also loveworking with a great team that consistently raise the bar.do a great job and always improve.owners meet and exceed their goalsboth personally and professionally.As the Business Services Directorof the Goldman Sachs 10,000 SmallBusinesses program at LaGuardiaCommunity College since OctoberIn early 2010, Tejeda teamed up with fellow she began working at Rapid full-time. She became one of the firm’s top listing agents, building strong relationships with management companies throughout the city. agent Sherita Delgado to open Rapid Realty’s first franchise in Queens, locat cessful that the duo opened a second tunity to work in his passion. intrinsically because I love what franchise in Midwood, Brooklyn From 2003 to 2007 he was the I do and extrinsically because I the following year. In 2012, Tejeda Director of Business Services for the believe the more you give to others, was named one of Rapid Realty’s Queens Economic Development the more you get in return. first area developers. Corporation. From 2007 to 2010 he Who’s your favorite speaker or about your job? Corporation. Rather than one, I have manythe CAMBA Economic DevelopmentWhat do you love mostauthor?was the Business Services Director of Real estate gives me the flex- What do you love most about experientially overcoming insur-favorites that speak or write on ibility to spend time with my your job? mountable obstacles and creating people every day. My favor- H my job when business what many would consider histori-cal breakthrough moments. ThereI love the moments inH family, and I get to meet new ite thing about it, though, owners reach unprec- are too many to list but include: is that you get out of it edented growth in President Barack Obama, Martin what you put in. their business and Luther King, and Roscoe C. What motivates balance in their per- Brown, Jr., Tuskegee Airmen. you? sonal life after apply- My family, especially my mother. She had a degree in banking in the Dominican Republic, but she had to completely start over when we moved here. She got a job at a supermarket, went to night school to learn English, put herself through col- lege, and became a teacher, all while raising three kids. If she could do all that, what excuse do I have? Who has been the most influ- ential person in your and how did this person impact your life? In real estate, Rapid Realty CEO Anthony Lolli. He taught me everything I know about the business and gave me the tools to be success- ful. Otherwise, it’s my moth- er, hands down. She inspires me to keep pushing myself every single day.
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