Wayne was born and raised in the Bronx and Queens, New York, but has called Florida his home since 1979. A graduate of Queens College, City University of New York, Wayne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. He is an Enrolled Agent and the owner of Eisen & Zicari Accounting & Tax Services, Inc., which he co-founded more than 25 years ago.
Cindy was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, relocating to South Florida in 1992. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), State University of New York, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. After working at several nonprofit organizations, Cindy recently opened Nonprofit Success Services, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in Silent Auction Coordination, as well as Volunteer Management and Training.
The Eisens have been married since 2004 and reside in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Cindy and Wayne consider community service an integral part of their lives and are devoted volunteers with many South Florida charities. They have been honored and recognized, both individually and together, by many of these organizations.
AFP Day of Philanthropy 2012 Table Honorees (honored by Broward Children’s Center)
Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation “Most Outstanding Volunteers 2010"
2011 Honoree of “100 Outstanding Women of Broward County”
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
Wayne: As an Accountant, my biggest enjoyment is helping people and nonprofit organizations resolve issues that they could not resolve themselves.
Cindy: As a Silent Auction Coordinator, my biggest enjoyment is being able to allow the non-profit staff to focus on their own jobs and let me take care of the auction.
How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?
We volunteer where we can be most helpful, where our opinions matter and where we are appreciated and acknowledged. A little “Thank You” goes a long way with us! We do tend to gravitate towards organizations that help children.
Is there a charitable event(s) you really look forward to attending each year?
Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation’s Fancy Jeans. We’ve been volunteering with FJ since 2006 and have watched it grow to the huge event it has become.
How have things changed for you through the years?
We married in 2004, later in life than many. We got lucky! Having someone to share your life with is amazing.
What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?
We love to volunteer together and are able to give twice as much to any charity we get involved with.
What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
What we do for others is so much more fulfilling than what we do for ourselves.
What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
Chocolate, of course! (M&Ms for Wayne, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for Cindy)
Is there an inspirational book you have read that you would recommend to others?
Cindy: I loved The Secret. I believe in the power of The Universe…That’s how I win raffles all the time!
What can make you laugh?
Babies and children….we love them all!
What charitable organizations are you involved with at this time?
Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research, The Prestige Club, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Broward Children’s Center, Special Olympics, Sports Ability Games, Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation, Angel’s Pediatric Heart House, Rebuilding Together Broward, Children’s Cancer Caring Center, Camp Fiesta, Glam-A-Thon, Ann Storck Center
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
A cruise to anywhere…
What’s been the key to the success and growth of Eisen & Zicari Accounting?
Wayne: Personalized service and attention to detail has created a steady stream of referral clients through the past 30 years. Many of my clients include several generations of the same families!
How do you stay so motivated and committed?
We just do what needs to be done.
What are your favorite leisure time activities or hobbies?
Most of our activities revolve around the charitable community…whether it’s volunteering at an event or attending to support our friends.
To be honest, there are many days we really like to stay home and do nothing!
Is there a saying, motto, or “words to live by” that is your favorite?
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
What is your favorite room in your house?
The den. It’s where we really relax.
If your house was up for sale, and a potential buyer did a walk through, what would your home say about you?
They must have kids…there are lots of fun things here. And someone loves purple!
What is your pet peeve?
Cindy: Spelling errors and lack of punctuation! What has happened to the English language?
Wayne: Lack of common courtesy, like when people bump into you and don’t say anything.
Do you have a Fashion Addiction?
Most of the time, both of us dress in all black. We’re just not into bright colors.
Wayne’s addiction is cowboy boots!
What is your favorite snack?
We both love all sweets….but our favorite has to be tiramisu!
What is your favorite Ice Cream flavor?
Cindy: cookie dough
What do you like the most about yourself?
We’re fun and we laugh and we care about others.
How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?
Just ask them to participate. So many people do not get involved simply because no one ever asked.
Also, invite them to see the results of their volunteering – either meeting organization clients or touring a facility.