Markus Cirillo is among one of the most beloved Accodexians. As a founding member, Markus has been a part of Accodex since its humble beginnings as Cirillo Hooper & Company.
Quoting a previous intern, not a single person who has yet to meet him would ever have guessed that Markus was an accountant due to his preferred attire resembling that of someone who has just stepped out of a Guns N’ Roses concert.
Markus with Danny Cavanagh from Anathema
Being self-identified as a Rock Star Accountant, Fine Fragrance Connoisseur and Gamer, Markus embraces everything that he loves about life and never shies away from being the very thing that makes him unique.
Today we have the privilege of interviewing Markus Cirillo who was generous enough to take time from his busy schedule to talk about himself, his choice of career and what it’s like to be an Accodexian.
Why did you choose Accounting?
Destiny. Accounting, for most, is a choice. For me, accounting is in the blood. The number of accountants in my immediate and extended family is borderline ridiculous. My father, my brother, several of my uncles and a couple of my cousins are all accountants! It is this influence that led me to initially study accounting and begin working for my father. Not so much them telling me to be an accountant, but more that I dipped my finger into many different industries and nothing really worked, so I thought, “Why not accounting?” The rest is history.
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
Time management is by far and away the biggest challenge I’ve come across in my professional career. I have found that maintaining a healthy work life balance and “taking care of business” is very difficult. It can take a toll on your health, your mind and your relationships. I guess that’s what happens when you start this business as a two-man operation and take on the roles of Partner, Manager, Customer Relationship Manager and Technician, all at the same time!
I’m glad to say that the hard work has paid off and I have a lot of help nowadays with the great staff we’ve employed. Managing time, however, is likely to always be a challenge, what with the rate that Accodex is growing and the number of different roles I’ll have to take on as it grows. Fortunately, I’ve recently implemented a new method of time management that is scalable and so far has been effective. Let’s check in later and I’ll tell you how it’s going.
What has been your biggest success?
Starting a business with my best friend, and then, succeeding in that business together. We started as Cirillo Hooper & Company, with just the two of us and with only a few grand in the bank. Now we are Accodex and have over 20 employees, with all signs pointing to many more in the future! I am proud of not just of what we have accomplished, but how we’ve managed to maintain our friendship through all the long hours and the tough times.
What do you do when you’re not accounting?
I smell. No, I do not have personal hygiene issues; rather, I am a connoisseur of fine fragrance. My pride and joy is my extensive collection of designer and niche cologne. I own upwards of 60 bottles! I am particularly fond of the Tom Ford Private Blend fragrance line. The fact is, when you smell good, and you know it, you speak and act with confidence – very important for first impressions.
When I am not intoxicated by patchouli, rose and amber, I spend my spare time relaxing with my beautiful partner, playing with my cute puppy and gaming on the Xbox One. The latter is also a passion of mine, with my favourite games being Battlefield, Destiny and the newly released Fallout 4. I have been playing video games for as long as I can remember and as a result, I believe nothing relieves stress like some friendly competition. This is why I’m actively campaigning for Xbox Ones in our offices!
What is your favourite thing about Accodex?
The people. It’s fantastic to walk into the office each day and have the pleasure to interact with fellow Accodexians. We’re all different, from many different places, with very different histories and many different tastes, but we are Accodex and are all working towards the same goal.
What advice do you have for future Accodexians?
Be yourself. Here at Accodex, we appreciate a personality. Always keep in mind that you were hired not just for your professional skills, but for something called the “Accodexian Factor.” It’s hard to explain what exactly the “Accodexian Factor” is but just know you have the “it” factor that means you’ll be a perfect fit for the Accodex culture and your personality is a big part of that.
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