Chief Financial Officer
Maria is one of the founders of 1st Advantage Business Solutions. She has 25 years experience working in business administration and management. During that time, she has managed more than 120 different companies. Her mission in the business world is to help owners and entrepreneurs run a successful operation within their business.
She is currently the Chief Financial Officer overseeing the profitability of all areas of the firm and each client. Her specialty is the attention to detail she brings to each project. Her analytical skill provides for the true essence of each problem to be exposed and then create an action plan to resolve each issue. She is also in charge of the day to day operations at the company, providing the guidance that the team needs to meet every deadline and complete every project to the satisfaction of each client. She also brings a skill set including extensive customer service, time management, and database management.
Before 1st Advantage Business Solutions, Maria was a tax preparer for 14 years providing accounting and payroll services during offseason. Her experience with 600 plus clients during that time allowed her to see and learn about all types of industries in the business world. During that period, she learned about the great need there is in business operations and management which are the foundation of every business. With this desire, Maria sold her business and went to work for Merriwood Management Company where for three years she learned firsthand how managing is done. During that time is when Maria’s passion for helping businesses succeed grew even more and 1st Advantage Business Solutions was born.
Maria is currently attending the University of Phoenix on a full scholarship to complete her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a special certification for small businesses. Her academic efforts have earned her a spot on the National Society of Collegiate Scholars since 2014. However, her greatest accomplishment is her family, she is a mother of three and has been married for 21 years.
Edson is one of the founders of 1st Advantage Business Solutions. He has been a corporate advisor for the company by providing clarity and sound advice in the decision-making process. His experience as a leader within his church community for the past 15 years has given him the skills in public and business relations needed in running a successful operation.
He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the firm overseeing the day to day management decisions that impact the short and long term goals of the company. His primary responsibility is assuring that there are adequate resources for the company and auditing the expenses that impact business operation activities.
Edson has also been working at Ralphs Grocery Company for the past 15 years. His position has given him a unique insight on how multibillion dollar corporations operate with procedures and how they properly budget and plan expenses to extend the life of their company. This insight has been a great support to our business management program. His continued involvement with Ralphs Grocery Company has given him the passion to pursue higher goals at 1st Advantage Business Solutions where he strives everyday alongside his wife Maria Pinzon to take the company to the next level. He is a father of three and married for 21 years.
Chief Executive Officer
April has served as 1st Advantage’s Accountant since April 2016 and has a deep understanding of the struggles faced by start-up companies and small businesses. Her broad experience in the accounting field has provided her with the skills to handle unusual or difficult situations.
April manages the accounting duties for 1st Advantage’s clients’ whose businesses range from construction to restaurants. In addition to preparing client’s monthly and annual financial statements, she assists in accounting operations for 1st Advantage and their clients.
Working with businesses in a variety of industries, she’s developed a keen sense of how she can contribute to both her company and those of their clients. Over the past several months with 1st Advantage, she has gained the insight to see the bigger picture and her role as it relates to the overall goals of the company.
April has taken some courses at Rio Hondo Community College working towards her Business Administration degree.