Wednesday, February 13, 2013

PMA Profiles - Zare Tokatlian

Over the past 15 years, when client's have called PMA, chances are that they have spoken with Zare Tokatlian, EA - this month's focus for PMA Profiles.

Zare was born in Erevan, Aremia (when it was still part of the Soviet Union) and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14.  He graduated from Hollywood High School, of all places, where he excelled in Tennis and Soccer, sports which he still follows passionately today. However, his true passion lies in music.

Before becoming an accountant, Zare lived the life we all wanted at one time or another - he was a lead guitarist for his band, Shirak. Shirak, with music inspired by the Beatles, toured the Eastern seaboard playing to packed houses. But alas, Zare realized that his future was waiting for him, back in Los Angeles. The band eventually broke up, but he can still bring it if he picks up his electric guitar.

Zare's favorite food is Shishkabob and enjoys cooking for his entire family, especially when its special occasions like birthdays, the holidays, or graduations. And just as he enjoys cooking, he loves spending time with his wife and two wonderful children. As a family, the have traveled to Sevastopol, Mexico and several other exotic places.

When asked if he can be an instant expert in anything, he replied, "I would love to be an expert in figuring out how Congress thinks when it comes to the tax code"! ... Wouldn't we all!

Zare received his Enrolled Agent designation in 2010 and has been an integral part of PMA's growth through the years.

Next time when you call the Diamond Bar offices of PMA, and Zare happens to answer the phone, say hello to him and ask him about his tennis game! And if you are a tennis player as well, he may take you up on a friendly match!