Sandra Stearns Kuba, a certified public accountant (CPA) and a chartered global management accountant (CGMA), is well-regarded in several industries for her diverse portfolio of knowledge in the fields of accounting, internal controls, and forensics. Having worked in such industries as not-for-profit management, public accounting, law firm accounting, manufacturing, hospitality, and technology, she has excelled as the owner of the eponymous Sandra L. Stearns, Certified Public Accountant in Windermere, Florida, since 2017. As the owner of her own accounting firm, Ms. Kuba focuses her attention on assisting clients with their tax needs as well as working in collaboration with bookkeepers among many other duties. Recently, she accepted a managerial position at Intuit, where she will work while continuing her entrepreneurial role.
Prior to her current appointments, Ms. Kuba served in accounting-related positions with the American Heart Association, Belkin International, and Orange County National, as well as a certified public accountant with Intuit and Disney. Possessing more than 30 years of professional experience in her areas of interest, she has always held a favorable reputation of mutual trust and respect with her clients, many of whom value her expertise and her honest and forward-thinking nature. Impressively, while working with Disney, Ms. Kuba assembled their Product Online Transmission Tool, which was subsequently nicknamed “Mrs. Potts,” and selected as the repository for all dining and tour events within the company. The tool, which was created in 2015 and updated in 2016, remains in use today. Ms. Kuba emphasizes that her varied experience in several vocational sectors has contributed to her overall success, allowing her to expand the scope of her skill set beyond what conventional accountants do.
Along with securing her CPA and CGMA designations, to prepare for her illustrious career, Ms. Kuba pursued formal education at Elmira College, where she earned a Bachelor of Accounting in 1983. She began studying accounting when she was 16 years old, noting that her high school teachers encouraged her to enter the profession after realizing her aptitude for mathematics. After accruing many years in her field, she attended DeVry University, receiving a Master of Accounting from its Keller Graduate School of Management in 2016.
To remain abreast of developments within her specialties, Ms. Kuba has maintained active affiliations with numerous industry-related organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She was also inducted into the Pacioli Accounting Society and the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society in light of her prowess in academics and finance. As a distinguished figure in her field, Ms. Kuba’s sophisticated knowledge and level of education set her apart from others in the industry. To this end, she endeavors to lead with the heart in all the work she performs, and she consistently seeks opportunities to build businesses up and protect businesses from financial risks.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Kuba has been bestowed with pertinent accolades. To wit, she received awards from Disney executives, such as the award for the Vacation Planners Reward Program and the Food and Wine Festival Award. She also received the Southern Tier Scholar Award in 1978. Living and working by the motto, “Never say never,” she aims to continue expanding Sandra L. Stearns, Certified Public Accountant in the coming years. With several seasoned accountants retiring from the workforce, she would also like to train younger accountants to excel in their respective roles.
Born in Elmira, New York, Ms. Kuba was married to her beloved, late husband, Robert Kuba, for many years. She has two children, Bobby and Shana. Outside of her work-related activities, Ms. Kuba enjoys traveling, reading, writing, swimming, and collecting paper dolls.