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Maximo Mukelabai

Maximo Mukelabai

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Maximo Mukelabai CPA, PC
Durham, NC

 

Max Mukelabai didn’t decide to become a CPA so he could follow his entrepreneurial spirit. Instead, it was his experience as an entrepreneur that led him to become a CPA.

As the cofounder of a syndicated news service focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, Max realized that he needed to take his professional training a big step further. “It became obvious to me that to be taken seriously, I needed a designation of some sort,” Max says.

Max had taken a nontraditional path on his way to becoming an entrepreneur. After high school, he bypassed college to get some real-world experience. He began as a bookkeeper for DHL, the international shipping company. From there, he enrolled in a local community college and got a job at a bank, working his way up to branch manager. He left that job to start the news business.

Along the way, Max realized that he loved the accounting profession. So that’s where he focused his entrepreneurial efforts. Today Max runs his own CPA firm. “As a small business owner, I wear many hats during the course of the day,” he says. “What’s most interesting is shifting gears from role to role. My days are never the same.”

Max chalks it all up to being a CPA. “If you’re looking for a career that has credibility, lots of options, influence and a network of contacts, becoming a CPA can deliver it all. Don’t sell yourself short!”





It is with deep regret that we note the passing of Max Mukelabai on July 8, 2011. Max lived his passions and his principles in an exemplary life of service and dedication to his family, his community and his profession. 

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Stats at a Glance

Years as a CPA: 11

Best job: The one I have now!

Worst job: Restaurant host

Hobbies outside of work: Tennis, soccer, chess, playing the bass guitar

Pets: A cat

Words to live by: "Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction." - Jawaharlal Nehru