Atlanta’s Most Trusted Advisors interviews industry experts from in and around the Metro Atlanta Area. Our goal is to provide valuable information that all business owners and managers can use in their day-to-day work to help them succeed.
Marc Schwartz / Schwartz International
Marc is cheerleader-in-chief with so much energy the firm’s coffee machine has to work overtime so the others have a chance to keep up. Marc loves to be outdoors and is always moving, frequently participating in long-distance swims and runs and whatever else lies in wait.
The founding partner at Schwartz International, Marc teams with a variety of U.S. and foreign individuals and business clients, providing strategic tax and financial solutions to help his clients achieve their goals.
Marc has lived and worked in the U.S. and abroad in both governmental and private sector roles. His diversified experience enables him to bring a practical global perspective to the individuals and businesses he serves. He began his career at a Big 6 accounting firm in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where he built a strong foundation in federal, state/local and international tax over several years. He then transferred to one of the firm’s non-U.S. offices in Latin America where he continued to serve European, Asian, Latin American and U.S. clients.
A geographically diverse client base has allowed Marc to gain significant experience with tax treaties, outbound/inbound planning, repatriation, foreign tax credits, real estate investments/FIRPTA, branch taxes and audit defense. He has taught a graduate-level international tax course at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and continues to lecture on international tax issues. In addition, Marc is a recognized author who contributes articles on international tax matters and legal issues to several trade publications.
Marc earned his BA from Colgate University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a law degree from Emory University. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
Stafford Huff / BNKJ (babush, neiman, kornman & Johnson)
Stafford’s many years of experience in public accounting, combined with his impressive and unique education, have contributed to his very strong and thorough understanding of the common and uncommon challenges facing growing businesses and their owners.
From the beginning of his accounting career in 1986, Stafford has benefited from his involvement in a wide variety of tax and accounting engagements. He prides himself on developing practical solutions and earning the trust of clients, associates and other members of the professional services team.
Stafford focuses his service efforts in taxation and business consulting. He is particularly knowledgeable in the areas of:
- Real Estate Development, Construction and Investment Entities
- Timber and Timberland Investment Entities
- Physician, Dental and Orthodontic Entities
- High Income and High Net Worth Individuals
- Closely Held Entities
Stafford is a native of Atlanta and has earned degrees from the University of Georgia and the State University of West Georgia. He currently serves as Secretary on the Board of the Atlanta Tax Forum, and is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSPCA)
Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk (Host)/ bbr Marketing
Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk has been a member of the creative and marketing services community for over 20 years and does not appear to be leaving it anytime soon. As president of bbr marketing, she has relished the challenges of entrepreneurship as she worked to grow and nurture a new business. Since the firm’s inception in 2009, Bonnie has led the young company to become widely recognized and respected within the professional services marketing niche, with award-winning client websites and an outstanding history of business success having worked with clients in 23 states and 2 Canadian provinces.