Marco Fernandes, Jr. is a Partner at Halt, Buzas & Powell, where he is responsible for all aspects of the audit division and manages the full range of assurance services it provides for clients. Marco’s industry focus is on not-for-profit organizations, government contractors and small businesses. In addition to review, compilation and audit work, he conducts extensive business advisory consulting to help clients gain greater visibility into performance, processes and internal controls and strengthen their overall position.
Marco also delivers firm-wide training on auditing pronouncements and standards, and frequently serves as a mentor for staff and senior accountants. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) and Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA). A dedicated professional and community leader, Marco serves as vice president of the board of directors for Help Educate, an international nonprofit dedicated to helping promising students in Nicaragua attend college, and is a prior member of the George Mason University Employer Advisory Board.
Marco knew he wanted to become an accountant from a young age and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Double Bachelor of Science in Accounting and General Business. He completed a half marathon in 2016 and enjoys running, grilling and movies. With three young children and a Yorkie named Stitch, Marco and his wife have a busy household.
Fun Facts About Marco
- He and his wife have known each other most of their lives – so long, in fact, that they can’t remember when they met.
- He’s committed to healthy eating, despite an abiding passion for crabs and cheesecake.
- As a child, he thought accountants were cool because they knew where the money was and dressed in awesome three-piece suits.