Ronald St. Clair may have been born in San Antonio, Texas but he was raised on a farm in Alaska and also spent a majority of his early years on a ranch in New Mexico. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served 4 years during the Vietnam War. The first two years were spent as a data processing technician at the Fleet Atlantic Intelligence Center in Norfolk, Virginia. His last two years were spent on the USS Boxer.
After the Navy, he went to Penn State where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting and Computer Science. He accepted his first position with one of the ''Big 5'' accounting firms, Arthur Anderson, LLP in Philadelphia. Ronald quickly learned the ropes and eventually moved to a small practice in Pottsville. With his help, the single location accounting office grew into a 5-office, 80-person, regional accounting firm. In 2004, Ronald decided to semi-retire to Fort Myers, Florida. However, he grew bored of the sandy beaches and pristine boating waters, so he opened another accounting firm in Florida to keep him busy. Given the South Florida location, this new practice naturally focused on international taxpayers and is now double the size of the Pennsylvania firm. Ron’s passion for serving clients, creating jobs, and growing businesses is what led him to develop FIRPTA Solutions, Inc. into the company that it is today.
Julie Lepore, CAA
Julie was born in Michigan but has spent the last 32 years in Florida. Her background includes title, mortgage, real estate, sales, and public speaking. She genuinely loves people and is blessed with a service heart. Originally, Julie dreamed of being a teacher which is probably why she focuses so hard on educating her peers when it comes to FIRPTA. When she isn't working, you can find her doing something creative. Although she loves to sing, paint, and write music, it's her children that she considers to be her greatest work of art.
This Southwest Florida native was born in Naples, grew up on a farm in Alva, and currently resides in historical downtown Fort Myers. Katherine has watched her town grow from undeveloped grass fields to multi-million-dollar developments over the past three decades. Her professional background includes foreclosure mediation, real estate, construction law, hospitality management, higher education student advising, and working with non-profits. Her priority has always been customer satisfaction and she strives to give our clients impeccable personal attention through her meticulous work ethic. She enjoys spending time with her precious daughter, Lillyana and her two canine fur babies.
Megan Johnson, CAA
Megan was born in a small town in New Jersey but raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She moved to Florida with her three daughters in 2013 to be closer to her family. Although Megan has a medical background, she found a true passion for FIRPTA and international taxation, hence her love for helping our foreign clients. Megan is dedicated to her career and is currently studying to further her education by studying to become an Enrolled Agent. When she is not helping our FIRPTA clients, you can find this ''mom on the go'' on the sidelines, cheering her lovely daughters on at one their many sports activities.
Patti was born in New York but graduated high school in Birmingham, London. This led to her immediate love of travel. She’s been all over the world and speaks 4 languages fluently. In 2000, she moved to Florida to raise her three children where she supported them while working in real estate industry and then as a mortgage broker. Eventually, she took a position with a law firm before joining the team at FIRPTA Solutions, Inc. Today, you can find her at the field watching her youngest son play soccer or at the gym working on her fitness.
Bebe Martinez, CAA
Bebe was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She moved to Miami as a teenager, where she developed her unwavering passion to help the homeless. She devoted herself to non-profit organizations, Catholic charities, and domestic violence shelters and eventually moved to Texas to work at Vogal Alcove, a non-profit dedicated to homeless children. When Bebe moved back to Miami, she struggled to find gainful employment with a charitable organization and ended up taking a job with an accounting firm. Bebe still finds time to volunteer but also loves helping foreign sellers understand their options when it comes to FIRPTA. On the weekends, you can find with her two children at a sporting event, concert, or an art show.
Before moving to Florida in 2016, Holly grew up on her family’s farm and ranch in eastern Colorado – a true country girl at heart! Growing up in a rural community encouraged Holly to explore her curiosity, while living on a farm taught her the value of hard work. She has a strong dedication to helping and serving others, making her job here at FIRPTA Solutions a perfect fit. Her first passion is being a mother to her two grown boys and if she isn’t working, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and most importantly, putting her creative skills to work.
Yuri was born in Cuba where she lived until she turned 18. After an invite from a close family member, Yuri traveled to Mannheim, Germany where she attended the Academy of Business Administration and World Trade Languages. After only 3 years, she fulfilled her dream and became fluent in the German language. She stayed in Germany for many years working for a company that made cranes for production lines. Here, her responsibilities included bookkeeping and accounting, marketing, and event planning. When she moved to Miami in 2014, she used these skills to help members of a vacation club, book lavish accommodations and then later on to ship cars to Europe. Recently, she married the love of her life. Together, they love to travel, spend time with their dog, and decorate their new home.
Carolyn moved from West Virginia to the Sunshine State in 2000. However, this mother of 3 and ''Nana'' to 6 considers herself a southern girl at heart. Keeping FIRPTA Solutions, Inc. organized and on track is Carolyn's third career. Previously, she worked in the legal field and holds a master's degree in Human Resource Management. She lives her life by the simple principles of live, laugh, love, and learn!
Samantha was born in Carrollton, Georgia, a small town located just outside of Atlanta. Samantha’s family moved to Tampa, Florida when she was just a baby so she likes to consider herself a native, beach-loving Floridian. She has been in the Southwest Florida area since she was fifteen and is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in business management at Florida Southwestern State College. Samantha enjoys the diversity that living in South Florida brings. Working at FIRPTA Solutions Inc. allows her to experience a vast number of cultures as she interacts with people from all over the world. She is dedicated to her work and school, but her first love is being a mother to her beautiful two-year-old daughter Aaliyah. She loves spending her free time at the pool, watching her daughter swim, laugh, and play in the beautiful Florida weather.