Chief Financial Officer
Prairie Band Potawatomi Entertainment Corporation
If you ask Dominic Ortiz why he became a CPA, he’ll likely tell you his brother’s the reason.
“My brother was a great mentor and suggested if I was going to be in business, accounting would give me the best foundation for future success,” Dominic says. “So I started dabbling in accounting, went through a few courses and finally decided I was going to go into accounting.”
While in graduate school, Dominic scored a great internship at Harrah’s Casino, which helped him learn some of the skills he uses today at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Entertainment Corporation. Starting out as an intern allowed him to see the ins and outs of the organization and helped him get a strong grasp of all the moving pieces.
Now he leads eight departments and makes sure they have the right information at the right time so they can make appropriate decisions for the company.
But this type of management role is nothing new for Dominic. He’s always been a strong leader. In fact, he is a national representative for American Indian Business Leaders. As one of their reps, he had a number of great opportunities including being chosen to meet and introduce President Clinton in 1998—before he’d even graduated from college!
So even though he gave Dominic some great advice, not all the credit can go to his brother. A strong work ethic, tons of hard work and an extraordinary passion for his career were the driving force behind helping Dominic become the successful CPA he is today.
(But it’s still nice he gives his bro the credit.)
“My brother suggested if I was going to be in business, accounting would give me the best foundation for future success.”
Years as a CPA: 5
Best job: Current job
Worst job: Washing Dogs in Highschool
Hobbies outside of work: Fishing Professional Bass Tournaments
Words to live by: If you can dream it, you can achieve it.