Luis Garcia, Senior Partner and Founder of Garcia & Ortiz, P.A., has been a resident of Tampa since 1961 when he emigrated from Cuba at age 26. He worked in private industry in Tampa for ten years and in 1971, together with Louis Ortiz, founded Garcia & Ortiz, P.A. which developed into the present organization.
Mr. Garcia graduated from the University of Havana in Cuba and practiced public accounting there for five years. He later attended and graduated from the University of Tampa receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Business (1964). In 1972, Mr. Garcia received his Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida as one of the program’s first graduates. He became certified in 1971.
Mr. Garcia is a member of the Florida and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants; he is an associate member of the Florida Bar - Health Care Division. In 1987, he was named by “Money Magazine” as one of the top 100 practitioners in the country. In 1999, named by the “Florida Medical Business” newspaper as one of the 30 most extraordinary professionals in the Florida health care industry.
Mr. Garcia has extensive experience consulting with privately held and public companies. As a consultant, intensive involvement with clients in developing and implementing all financial aspects of running a business. Clientele includes manufacturing, wholesale and retail businesses. Mr. Garcia represents many professionals in the Tampa Bay area including architects, engineers, attorneys, and physicians.
Luis Garcia is involved with multiple civic organizations primarily focusing on children and education. He was one of the founders of the Hillsborough Education Foundation in 1987 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He is on the Boards or Advisory Boards of the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, Youth Center Development, the West Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and The Bank of Tampa. Mr. Garcia is also a member of a Member of several Civic, Sports, and Professional Advisory Boards. Mr. Garcia has been awarded "The George Guida Memorial Outstanding Citizen of West Tampa Award 2015" by the West Tampa Chamber of Commerce.