Marquita has been a Finance professional for over 15 years. Upon graduating from West Chester University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Finance, she began her career in the Public sector of Accounting going to work for one of the “Big 4” Accounting Firms, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP as a Tax Accountant. There she focused primarily on Corporate Tax Return Compliance and Tax Provision Preparation.
Upon leaving PwC Marquita transitioned into the Private Sector of Accounting going to work for Thales, a large French International Engineering firm with 68,000 employees and $12.3 Billion in annual revenues and a presence over 50 countries. Under the Tax Manager title Marquita took on the role of managing all of Thales’ Domestic interactions including their Consolidated Return Preparation, Tax Provisioning, Deferred Tax Analysis ‘Studies, Transfer Pricing Documentation and Studies for all 12 Subsidiaries, State Tax Compliance and Nexus qualifications and any and all research involving Tax Law. She consulted with her International counterparts on all US tax ramifications they would face based on the terms of specific Bids/Contracts as well as many of their Merger and Acquisition and Bid/Proposal Contracts. Siting out ways to arrange the language and flow of the contracts to ensure her Firm had the best and most complaint financial result. She held a major role in consulting with one of their biggest acquisitions to date — the $400 million acquisition of LiveTV a sub-division of JetBlue Airlines
In 2012 Marquita launched Araba & Associates Financial Consulting, LLC her own private Tax & Accounting firm, specializing in business consulting and tax preparation for muti-national companies, mid size start-ups, and small businesses looking to grow. Araba & Associates also specializes in Real Estate tax law as well as financial planning, accounting systems management and business entity compliance and organization. Among her clients is a large multi-national Pharmaceutical company with over $2 Billion in annual revenue and a Real Estate Development company based in her hometown of Philadelphia with over $25 Million in assets. She consults on their acquisition deals, both domestic and internationally, Tax compliance and analysis, economic pricing, and state tax and nexus issues globally.
Marquita is also a real estate investor and has been investing in her hometown of Philadelphia for over 10 years and has a current portfolio of over 11 rental properties, a Hair salon and a coffee shop. She possesses immense knowledge of the real estate industry, the changing trends, the proper tax rules and most efficient structures for real estate asset planning as well as bookkeeping and accounting practices to enable the best outcomes for investors.
Awards & Accolades:
2014 Philadelphia Business Journal's Woman of Distinction in Business Award
2015 Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Leaders Award
2017 Pharma International Executive Award of Excellence