Guillermo A. Vega, E.A.
Enrolled Agent, President
Guillermo received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 from the Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia in the degree of Bachelor in Optometry. For the next four years he worked in research and field studies for a non-profit health organization, became its web developer and administrator of fundaver.com and was awarded by the Department of Communications of Colombia for best website in the health field.
On 2003, upon his arrival to the U.S. he began attaining his credentials in taxation and payroll processing, and was hired by the former administration of La Oficina, where he grew his experience and instated new automated and electronic processes to better track compliance with tax payments and filings for its clients. He also was responsible for developing and executing a plan to bring payroll processing in-house, formerly provided by a third party contractor.
Following his passion for business development, Guillermo and his wife Flavia acquired La Oficina on 2011 and put into practice new tools and standards to improve client management and communication, peer to peer collaboration and to reach new markets.
Guillermo is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) since 2005, has attended many of their live training and seminar events, as well as ones offered by NCSU, WakeTech and the Internal Revenue Service. He has taken great pleasure supporting the NC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce helping as a speaker in their event series “Emprendedores”, teaching taxation issues for small business owners. He was a speaker in a business development event organized by the City of Raleigh on 2012. He currently is a member of the Farmworker Health Insurance Team FHIT a multidisciplinary workgroup that helps farmworkers in North Carolina to understand and access health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act and offered by the federal marketplace. He has provided this workgroup with education in tax laws related with ACA.
In addition to completing his continuing education he was given the designation of Enrolled Agent by the IRS following mandatory testing in individual and business entities tax law.
Among his personal passions Guillermo enjoys spending quality time with his family and church, cooking his many specialties, practicing water sports, running a 5k circuit, camping and traveling.
Flavia is originally from Lima, Peru. In 1990 she moved to the USA with her twin sister and Mom. She faced one of the biggest challenges of her life, trying to adapt to a new country and learn the language. After her studies she started working as a co-manager for a retail store, where she was able to demonstrate effective leadership, the ability to motivate others and the desire to work as part of a team to generate fresh and innovative ideas. In 1999 she took a break from her career to start her family. In 2001 she was offered a job as a Mortgage Consultant to serve the growing Hispanic community in the area. She worked in the finance field from 2001-2009 helping many achieve the American dream of home ownership. While working with the Hispanic community, she realized the importance of educating the community and the need for more resources. She became very passionate about helping the Hispanic community integrate to the community at large, while also improving the wellbeing of their families. In 2011, Flavia and her husband became the new owners of La Oficina, a bilingual business center serving the community for more than 14 years, where she continues to help and educate the community. She is a firm believer of giving back to her community and is always looking for ways to help. Flavia is very involved with her community and participates in different events to expand her professional network, and to stay informed about issues affecting the community. Currently, she is very involved in helping North Carolina’s farm workers. She has been working diligently with other organizations to be able to reach out to farm workers and educate them about tax compliance. In light of the lack of transportation that many farm workers face, Flavia and her team travel outside of Raleigh to provide information and an opportunity for farm workers to get their questions answered. Also, she is constantly collecting clothes for the farm workers and their families.
Flavia have been a tax preparer for the last three years. She has attended various trainings through NATP (National Association of Tax Preparers) to better help her customers, and to stay up to date with IRS regulations and updates through a continuing education.
Flavia is a member of the NCSC Migrant Council and has served on the board of Directors of The North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Flavia was the recipient of The Excelente Business woman of the year award. She currently volunteers at her church in the ESL Ministry.
Among her personal passions, Flavia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling and relaxing at home.
Accounting Assistant, Notary Public, Payroll Processor
Born in Venezuela, Maricol completed her studies at the Instituto Universitario de Tecnologia Pedro Emilio Coll, in the state of Zulia, Venezuela. In 1991, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in which she based her career in for 6 years.
Numbers are her passion and after Maricol started working, she become more inclined towards the administrative areas of payroll and accounting. In 1995, Maricol and her family started a rent-or-buy video business where she performed the functions of Accounting Manager. Two years later, Maricol returned to accounting in the oil business as an Accounting Assistant which opened doors for her and her family to think about a bigger business opportunity. Maricol and her family opened a Bakery where she was not only the Accounting Manager but also shareholder and owner of almost half the business, helping bring in sales of over $32,000 dollars a month and managing a staff of 18 people.
Due to the political insecurity in her country, Maricol decided to sell and return to the oil business as an Assistant Manager and Accountant. After 13 years of being in the labor force, she decided to go back to school in 2007 to study Public Accounting at the Universidad Rafael Bello. Maricol and her family made the hard decision in 2010 to move to the U.S. for a better future and accompanied by new struggles such as a learning a new language.
Following her passion for taxes, accounting, and customer service, Maricol saw a great opportunity for growth at La Oficina and joined the team in October of 2012. Since then, Maricol has put into practice her knowledge and years of experience gained in her home country. At La Oficina, Maricol strives to continue learning about the norms and laws of her new country of residence, as well as the ways in which she can provide the best customer service possible to our distinguished clients.
La Oficina maintains a tax preparation training to keep its employees up to date on IRS requirements and regulations which Maricol has been a part of. Her accomplishments at La Oficina include taking a course through NATP (National Association of Tax Professionals), as well as successfully obtaining her commission as Notary Public. Today, she is currently taking ESL courses at Wake Tech.
Maricol loves soccer, going to her children’s soccer games, spoiling her pet, and above all being with her family.
Bookkeeper, Notary Public
Born in Venezuela, Mónica studied at the Rafael Urdaneta University (URU), located in the city of Maracaibo-Edo, Zulia. In 2004, she obtained her degree of electrical engineering and gained industry experience for 10 and a half years at Tronson Internacional in Venezuela, a private company specializing in the field of Engineering Consulting for oil and petrochemical companies. During her professional practice she worked as a project engineer, with excellent management of deadlines and outstanding participation in the internal processes and quality of the company.
In 2015 she moved with her family to Raleigh, NC, and has since worked with companies that have created new professional challenges for her. Among those challenges, she decided to expand her knowledge to become certified as an accountant. Numbers have always been her passion, and following guidelines, achieving results on time, and quality are part of her professional attitude.
After leaving the Hispanic newspaper Que Pasa, where she served as a sales executive and learned about the environment of Raleigh’s Hispanic community, Monica was pushed and made the decision to apply for a new, challenging job. In August 2016, a new opportunity presented itself, the vacancy of work and training for professional development that La Oficina offered. After a trimester of initiation in the company, Monica obtained an excellent evaluation in the areas of customer service and accounting assistance, and also developed a great relationship with the work team. In La Oficina, Mónica has been satisfied with her experience and professional development. She wishes to continue learning everything related to accounting services, payroll, tax preparation, notary, business registration, and most importantly, to continue to provide optimal attention to all our customers.
Monica is an honest, persevering and hardworking person. Some personal activities she enjoys are being home with her family, going to the gym, cooking, and getting coffee with friends. She also enjoys the summer, her favorite season of the year, planning special events with family and friends, and always giving thanks to God.