Farewell Announcement from Matthew

Today I am confirming that I will retire on May 15, 2017…Yes, I am smiling!

No standard letter or announcement for me; instead, I offer you the following:

First I need to thank some people…

  • Many thanks to my partner of 20 years, Mike Muto, for his many contributions to my success and who endured these many years of my life story. We have worked together since November 1989 – longer than some marriages! He most certainly will bring the firm to even greater heights of professional achievement.
  • And many kisses of gratitude to my long-time firm caretakers – Pat and Sheri.
  • Over the years, many staff contributed to my growth and brought success to the firm – many thanks to all of you – especially to my current victims – Jennifer, Mellanie, Tara, Alissa, Fran and Cory. And our associate, Glenn.
  • Thank you also… to my son, Michael, for keeping the firm’s network at optimum and free from the malicious! And to my daughter, Lucia, who instigated the firm’s organization revolution. And…most of the firm’s graphics were from my creative son, Kendall.
  • To all my client friends and professional friends – you are the reason for my desire to be the best CPA/advisor that I could be…thank you for your confidence.
  • And…you all know this…without the loving support of my wife, Karen, I would not be here today.

And now some thoughts…

If you in a moment of reflection miss me, know that I will miss you too. Withdrawal from the daily contact with my partner, staff, clients and business associates is a frightful proposition. Can one simply leave – never to return? No – whenever I am called to serve, I will be there!

I leave the firm in the very capable hands of Mike Muto and the rest of the staff at Muto, Vollucci & Co., Ltd. They are an amazing team who all share the same goal…to give the client the best service possible. We have ensured that the transition will be smooth, and I am always only a phone call away.

Will lack of professional mental activity be a catalyst for self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy? I will miss being needed in the ways that came to me daily at work.

If you do not concentrate on moving forward, then you will find yourself going backwards….and I believe it is better to travel. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” A professional life is a life of ever progressing in acumen – a life in retirement offers time to “re-tool” and progress on different paths.

I will miss the office family, but now will happily spend more time at home with the family. Grandchildren are the best medicine for the retirement blues.

Past generations became “old” at 65 and accepted retirement as a consequence of the age and the custom. Some who were subjected to an early retirement because of diminished opportunity found a succor they had not anticipated. Many in today’s economy are experiencing a state of unemployment, which is a bitter premature replacement of the status of retirement. Others simply ran away from responsibility in an ill-advised quest for a change.

Accepting that my time is now for more whimsical daily endeavors brings peace to the decision process.

My plan for the future spans a life at least to 105 years – that expanse encourages “big thinking” to avoid 35 years of boredom. Will a wish list needing three years of attention bring some “at home” discipline?

Much needed re-attention to physical well-being is a hope that retirement can bring time to employ. Will one of my questions to the meaning of life be…Is golf in my future?

Will I ever need new clothes again? I have enough tee-shirts to last to 105.

I love the thought of experiencing Key West during tax season!

Peace and Love Always,

/M