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Meet The Team


Our Team

Ruchi J. Attal, CPA

Ruchi has been in the accounting and finance field since 1997 and a CPA since 2002. She started her career in public accounting with Ernst & Young, and has since that time served in executive leadership functions at Viacom, Novartis, and Ipsos.

Ruchi is an experienced CPA in business tax and accounting issues, as well as, advanced tax strategies for individuals. She is a member of the Working Women of Tampa Bay, AICPA, and FICPA. In 2018, she received the Business Woman of the Year award from the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce.

In her spare time, Ruchi enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and personal fitness.

Ann Marie Brown

Ann Marie Brown has been an Enrolled Agent since 1981 when she passed the US Treasury Special Enrollment Exam. Prior to merging with Apex in 2016, Ann Marie had her own tax and accounting practice in the Lutz / Carrollwood area for 26 years. During her career she has represented taxpayers before the Examination and Collection Divisions of the Internal Revenue Service. She has been a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents since 1990 and has served on the Board of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents.

Throughout her career she has been active in community organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay and Francis House. In her spare time, Ann Marie loves to golf, travel and read.

Laura Vensel

Laura Vensel joined the Apex team in December 2017 when she merged her practice, TD&R Solutions, with Apex. Laura is an Enrolled Agent and a seasoned tax professional. She is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), the Vice President of the State of Florida Society of Enrolled Agents (FSEA), the President of FSEA Suncoast Chapter (Hillsborough, Pinellas, & Pasco Counties), the Chair of the Ethics Committee of FSEA and a National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI) Fellow.

Dawn Hindes

Dawn Hindes joined the Apex team in July 2017 as the Office Administrator. Prior to joining Apex, she worked as a Legal Assistant in Family Law, Foreclosures and Probate. She grew up in Northeast Florida and attended St. Johns River State College.

Dawn moved to Tampa in 2003 with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending her off time at Disney with her family.

Maggie Patterson

Maggie Patterson joined the Apex team in January 2017 as a Staff Accountant. Prior to joining Apex, she held positions as an Office Manager, Bookkeeper and various other accounting positions. She grew up in Detroit, prior to moving with her family to Florida in 1982.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoys singing in her church choir.

Zoe Edgington

Zoe Edgington has been with Apex since August 2017. She has a wide range of experiences in business accounting and works with many of Apex's large corporate clients. Prior to Apex, Zoe was working with another CPA firm in the Tampa area and, before that, she was responsible for the Finance and Accounting activities at a technology firm. Zoe has a BS in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

In her spare time, Zoe enjoys beekeeping and koi keeping.



Special Advisors

Kenneth Blair

Ken Blair has been in the accounting and financial services industry for over 20 years. In 2012, Ken merged his practice with Apex and since that time, he has been a driving force in the growth of the firm. Ken will continue on as an advisor to the firm, bringing his immense wealth of knowledge in tax preparation and tax planning for individuals and small businesses.

Outside the office, Ken is an avid outdoorsman. He has spent many summers hiking through many of America's national parks. He is retired from the US Navy.