Nick Cola, CPA, MBA. President
Nick is an experienced professional with over forty years of business, accounting, tax, and entrepreneurial experience. He graduated from Loyola College, received his CPA certificate in Maryland, and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tampa. Nick began his career with a Big Eight CPA firm, and moved on to working with Fortune 500 corporations including Martin Marietta Corporation and Citicorp. Nick formed his own CPA firm in 1991 and has grown from one employee to a current staff of nine. Nick attributes the firm’s growth to having a strong referral base in existing clients, as the vast majority of new business comes from existing client referrals.
Nick takes pride in his unique ability to teach basic accounting, business, and tax fundamentals to his clients. Most of his clients are familiar with his white board teaching techniques, where he utilizes stick people and pictures to drive home complex concepts ranging from selecting an entity to minimizing tax consequences of a business sale. Nick is fortunate to have both his wife, DeDe, and son, Tony, as part of his firm. He believes in family values and conducts his practice by making sure that all of his clients feel they are a part of his “family of clients”..
Tony Cola, CPA, MAcc. Vice President
Tony has been with the firm since 2008. Tony began his college education as a mechanical engineering student and decided to switch to an accounting major. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and obtained a Masters in Accountancy degree, with a focus in Taxation, from the University of South Florida.
Tony is the Chief Operating Officer of the firm, and is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the firm. In addition, Tony is responsible for developing policies and procedures as they relate to marketing, information technology, and database development. He also works with Nick in conducting tax research to ensure the firm is both up to date with the ever-changing tax code, and that the firm takes advantage of every legal tax savings opportunity available under the current code. Tony’s strengths lie in his ability to interact with clients of all ages in an effort to locate the tax savings opportunities and conduct the research necessary to maximize any tax savings. Tony is one of the leading tax preparers in the firm, specializing in corporate and partnership returns..
DeDe Cola, Office Manager and QuickBooks Trainer
DeDe has been with the firm since its inception, and has the responsibility of making certain the entire staff and client base is up to date with the latest QuickBooks Pro enhancements. DeDe conducts individual one-on-one training sessions for clients, covering all relevant modules from general ledger set-up, inventory control, point-of-sale interface, and various other applications of QuickBooks Pro. In addition, she reviews all individual tax returns before their completion and assists Tony with the day to day operations of the firm.
DeDe spends her free time playing with her two grandsons, baking delicious treats for the staff, and relaxing at her lakefront home in Tennessee.
Mitzi Rank, CPA, CFE. Director of Client Accounting Services
Mitzi joined the Firm in 2020 bringing with her 20 plus years of accounting experience and a CPA Certification in both Texas and Florida. Mitzi has a Bachelors in Accountancy as well as a Masters in Taxation. She also is a Certified Fraud Examiner as well as being AICPA Certified in Forensic and Valuation Services. Prior to joining Cola & Cola CPAs, Mitzi held a Group Manager position with a large CPA Firm based in Texas.
Mitzi enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends..
Diane Pepe, Account Rep., Tax Associate
Diane has been with the firm since 2007, bringing with her years of accounting and office administration experience working for the New York Mets organization. Diane is responsible for the data gathering and entry of all individual tax return information, prior to the returns going into actual preparation. In addition, she also conducts the necessary accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll functions for a variety of monthly clients. Diane is proficient at QuickBooks Pro and payroll procedures
Diane enjoys spending time with her children and granddaughter, watching the Tampa Bay Rays, and hanging around with British Royalty..
Bobbie Thorne, Tax Specialist and Account Rep.
Bobbie has been part of our firm since 2014, and comes to us from California with many years of accounting and tax experience. Her expertise are in Federal and State tax preparation involving individuals, corporate entities, estates, and trusts. In addition to her tax preparation expertise, Bobbie provides the Firm with the ability to take on major tax and/or accounting projects performing all the necessary duties from data entry, reconciliations, accounting systems design, and tax return preparation.
Bobbie enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and helping her sons with their businesses..
Mary Crouch, Account Rep., Corp. Tax Specialist
Mary joined the firm in February 2018, after spending many years running the day to day operations of a CPA firm in Vermont. She has a unique and diversified overall general business background, which enables her to troubleshoot and handle many of the major projects undertaken by the firm. Mary is responsible for the overall accounting and payroll for a wide variety of monthly clients. In addition, she is one of the primary preparers of entity tax returns for the firm.
During her free time, Mary flips and renovates houses with her sister. She enjoys reading, watching races, and spending time with her granddaughter.
Pam Lancaster, Account Rep., Tax Specialist
Pam joined the firm in 2020, after spending 30 years working in CPA Firms located in California and Texas. Pam has many years of preparing a variety of Client Accounting Services tasks, including a proficiency in QuickBooks Pro, and payroll. In addition, Pam has years of both individual and business tax return preparation experience.
During her free time, Pam enjoys reading and doing crafts, as well as making memories as she travels the World..
Theresa Eulitz (Rees), Administrative and Accounting Support
Rees joined the firm in 2020, and has a Bachelor of Science degree. Rees is currently responsible for the production and distribution of all tax returns, as well as, providing bookkeeping support to all other staff members as needed. Rees comes to the firm with years of experience in training, sales, and patient care.
Rees enjoys hiking, bicycling, and traveling with her husband and enjoys getaways to visit her adult children in Michigan..