Richard C. Gruber, C.P.A. has been a leader in the field of Public Accounting since graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. During almost 50 years as a CPA, he has worked with public, private and not-for profit companies, as well as individuals from all walks of life. After gaining experience in the accounting industry as a staff accountant at Ernst & Young and an audit manager at Grant Thornton, Richard continued to refine his accounting and business expertise as a controller for a regional leasing company, and as an instructor for other accountants and other business professionals. During his time as an instructor, Richard was awarded “Instructor of the Year” in the world-famous Dale Carnegie Course “How to Win Friends and Influence People” an unprecedented five consecutive times.
Richard formed Gruber and Associates in 1986 with the mission of always providing his clients with more in tax savings and financial planning ideas than they invest in their accounting services. Richard’s ability to think outside the box is what not only separates him from other accounting professionals but helps him to achieve his goals of total client satisfaction. Richard treats clients’ finances as if they were his own and is always thinking proactively in order to generate the best possible tax savings. For over 20 years, the firm has been conducting refundathons for new clients, during which over 150 clients have received more than $10,000 in personal income tax refunds.
While appreciation of the close personal attention that Richard provides is often articulated by our clients, the numbers speak for themselves, and Richard is proud to boast that more than TWO HUNDRED clients have been with the firm for over 15 years! 64 of those clients have celebrated their silver anniversary as part of the firm’s client family.
As an avid sports fan, Richard has been lucky to witness five World Series, four Super Bowls, three Stanley Cup Presentations and two NBA championships. The apex of his spectating career was a trip to the Masters in 2003, which inspired him to create the “Wall of Masters Badges” that can be found on display in the lobby at Gruber and Associates. Every single admission badge since 1960 (when the Masters went to plastic rather than paper series badges) is on the wall of the office, a collection that is believed to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.
When the Knicks miraculously defeated the Lakers in Game Seven of the 1970 NBA finals played at Madison Square Gargen, Richard was the first fan onto the court to celebrate, somethings that can be seen on ESPN classic and the NBA website!
Richard’s success is easily attributed to his incredible work ethic and passion for accounting, he was equally dedicated to his wife of 30 years, Barbara. Tragically, in early 2015 Barbara succumbed to recurrent ovarian cancer. Her memory lives on through their son, Paul who is currently a Senior at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Fun Fact: Rich was a vendor at Madison Square Garden while in high school.
Rich has had a fascinating life, and a more detailed biography can be found elsewhere.