Firm History

Steven Samuels, a CPA and Florida State graduate (Go Noles!), had been working since 1980 at a few of South Florida’s largest and most prestigious accounting/consulting firms. Steve worked substantially at the partner level within the audit, tax and litigation support areas. He loved assisting his clients by offering highly personalized service, helping them achieve their business and financial goals, helping them alleviate any business problems, and addressing any other of their concerns. Steven always strove to be his client’s “go to guy” for all their tax, financial and business needs. After many years working in a big firm environment, Steve felt it was time to break out on his own and do what he enjoyed and did best – namely dedicating most of his time to client service and working closely with his clients.

In late 2018, through LinkedIn networking, the Steven met Anastasia Panfilova, CPA for a sushi lunch on Las Olas to chat about possible synergies. Anastasia was born in Russia and immigrated to the US in 2007. She earned degrees from Saratov State University in Russia, as well as Truman State University, in Kirksville, MO. She had extensive experience in accounting, financial modeling, forecasting, budgeting and analysis, and QuickBooks. Steven quickly realized, that although much younger than he, she had much to offer in terms of intelligence, tech smarts, drive, and a wisdom beyond her years. It was obvious to Steven that Anastasia brought many skills to the table that he had lacked, such as sales, marketing, social media, promotion, financial modeling, and much more.

Very soon after that initial sushi lunch, they had formed their new accounting and consulting firm, Compass CPAs and Advisors, LLC, with Anastasia also being responsible for the firm’s sales, marketing, business development strategy and social media platforms. Compass is proud to have locations in the South Florida bi-county area, in Sunny Isles Beach, Fort Lauderdale (Las Olas). While small in size, Compass has world class ability and resources to service client across the globe. We are here to serve and protect you as trusted accountants and business advisors. We have worked with clients of all shapes, sizes and needs.

Please feel free to contact any one at our firm for a complimentary initial consultation so you can see for yourself how we can help you succeed.