With nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in the automotive retail industry paired with public accounting experience, Marilou offers a unique skill set including auditing, due diligence, financial reporting, forensic accounting, controller, CFO, and operational management experience in both public and privately held dealerships. Marilou’s entire professional career has been exclusively dedicated to the retail automotive industry.
Prior to co-founding Axiom Advisors, Marilou was a Dealerships Consultancy Manager with the public accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC (“MBAF”), Marilou provided specialized services to automotive dealers including operational analysis, forensic accounting, forecasting, internal audits, litigation support, DMS consulting, buy/sell and due diligence support, and operational support at all departmental levels.
Prior to joining MBAF, Marilou served as the Chief Financial Officer and Controller of a multi-franchise luxury dealership group.In this position, she was responsible for overseeing the operations and financial reporting of multiple accounting offices, implemented and maintained strong internal controls, conducted internal audits, and managed several dealership buy/sells from the due diligence phase to closing.Marilou also has experience in overseeing dealership expansion projects, forecasting, budgeting, and preparing manufacturer applications.
Marilou’s experience working for AutoNation, the nation’s largest automotive retailer, included financial oversight of thirteen dealerships in three districts nationwide. Marilou also served as an accounting manager at the AutoNation corporate offices.
Prior to joining AutoNation, Marilou held financial roles in family owned dealership groups as both Assistant Controller and Office Manager.Marilou gained valuable experience in automotive best practices, internal controls, financial reporting and communications skills in these roles, providing a strong foundation for a successful career in the retail automotive industry.
More on Marilou C. Vroman below:
SEMINARS & LECTURES
Is It Occupational Fraud or is it Just One of the Benefits of Working at a Dealership?
AICPA Auto Dealership Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2017
Dealership Fraud Prevention: Skip the Scare Tactics; Stick to the Basics
AICPA Auto Dealership Conference, Las Vegas NV, 2016
Fraud Causes and Consideration: Observations of Underlying Fraud Environment in Dealerships and How to Address Key Blind Spots
AICPA Auto Dealership Conference, Orlando, FL, 2015
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Florida Atlantic University – Bachelor of Science in Accounting
State University of New York – Bachelor of Science in Business Economics
NADA Dealer Academy – Financial Management, Fixed Operations
LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Public Accountant licensed in Florida and North Carolina
Certified Fraud Examiner