Zaldy is not your typical leader. He maintains a work-life balance despite his busy schedule. Apart from engaging himself in different physical activities, he likes to go out and meet new people. But beneath this outgoing personality is a survivor whose story is worth sharing.
“I always give my best in everything I do because this will get me closer to my dreams.”
Growing up in a humble upbringing in Bacolod, he was aware that life is not easy. An achiever since his elementary days, he juggled with his studies, extra-curricular activities and helping his family. Due to his hard work, he earned a scholarship at the Colegio San Agustin in Bacolod where he took up a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree. Zaldy was also active as a Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman and a member of an advocacy group. He would also participate in hosting gigs to earn extra cash to support him through college.
For Zaldy, those experiences motivated him to strive harder in achieving his dream of a good life for him and his family.
“I did things my way.”
After graduating Cum Laude in 1996, he worked in a fast food chain as an accountant to save money for the CPA board exams. Two years later, he took the board and placed 18th. Zaldy chose to join Isla Lipana & Co., then known as Joaquin Cunanan & Co., over the other auditing firms. He started his career in the firm in the former Bacolod branch office in 1998 and joined the Manila office as a manager in 2005.
He was admitted to the partnership in 2011 and is now the partner-in-charge for the Cebu branch office. Already under his watch, the number of staff has doubled and clientele base has expanded in Cebu where he plans to continue to grow the firm’s business.
Zaldy can’t help but look back at the journey he went through to get into the position where he is now. A partnership is not just a position to enjoy but a responsibility to take seriously. He continues to deliver quality work, share knowledge and add value to exceed client expectations. He is overwhelmed by the trust he receives from the people in the firm. This fuels his passion to excel and inspire others even more.
“I only have good things to say about the firm.”