Tony Argiz’s first encounter with United Way of Miami-Dade was not as a volunteer or a contributor, but rather as a recipient of help. Fearing the future in Cuba under Fidel Castro’s Communist rule and wanting a better life for their son, his parents put him on a plane headed for Miami in the 1960s as part of the Pedro Pan exodus. Alone, at the age of nine, with little more than the clothes on his back, Tony, like so many Cuban immigrants, spent the next five years of his life at a boarding school run by Catholic Charities. Tony succeeded through much hard work and determination and since that time has paid back that act of kindness with more than 30 years of service and charity.
Today he is chairman and CEO of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra. Under his leadership the firm has grown to one of the top 40 accounting firms in the nation, the largest Florida-based firm and, year after year, the firm is cited as one of the 25 best managed accounting firms by INSIDE Public Accounting.
Over the years with United Way, Tony has held numerous leadership positions including board chair, campaign chair, finance and administration chair, endowment chair and treasurer.
A graduate of Florida International University (FIU), he was named the 2011 Alumni of the Year by FIU’s School of Accounting. A passionate believer in the power of education, he is past chair of Carrollton School of Sacred Heart, the Miami Dade College Foundation and FIU’s Council of 100. Currently, he serves on the executive committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the board of AVMed Health Plans. He is the past chair of the Orange Bowl Committee and the Archbishop’s Charity and Development Drive. In 2010, Tony received the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award.
Tony and his wife Conchi have been married for 35 years and are the proud parents of three children – Carolina Argiz Orozco, who is married to Jamie Orozco; Tony Argiz, Jr; and Andy Argiz.
Conchi’s journey to Miami was similar to Tony’s, leaving Cuba and her parents behind at a very young age. She graduated from FIU. Also a strong supporter of education, Conchi is involved with Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. She is also a member of Junior League of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Golden Angels.