Finance & Accounting Director

Charles “Rique” Flato V

Finance & Accounting Director

Charles “Rique” Flato is a director of Warren Whitney. He has a consistent record with various companies, utilizing financial expertise to improve accounting practices and turn problematic business conditions into profitable operations. The primary businesses Rique has served include construction, retail, real estate, and service organizations. Rique generally serves our clients in the role of interim controller or CFO.

Roles & Areas of Expertise:

  • Interim CFO or Controller
  • Accounting Services
  • Financial Reporting
  • Accounting Control Systems Development
  • Change Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Profitability Planning

Education & Certifications:

  • BBA in Accounting, Sam Houston State University

Professional & Volunteer Associations:

  • Board Member, Willow Oaks Country Club
  • Past Board Member, Ducks Unlimited
  • Member, West Richmond Businessmen’s Association

Prior to joining Warren Whitney, Rique was the controller for Fountainhead Development Group, a real estate development company. Rique played an integral role in helping to generate historic tax credits on development projects that the company owns and manages in Shockoe Slip, Shockoe Bottom, and Manchester areas of Richmond.

Before joining Fountainhead, Rique was an independent business consultant to small- and medium-sized businesses. Services provided were similar to controllership and consulting services provided under the current Warren Whitney business model.

Rique also served as vice president and corporate treasurer for Fas Mart Convenience Stores, which operated 160 convenience stores in three states with 500 employees and annual revenues of approximately $200 million. During his tenure at Fas Mart, Rique was in charge of managing the accounting and financial record keeping with respect to the operating company, its affiliates, and related entities, including financial planning, budgeting, and profitability planning. In addition, he was responsible for the management of financial accounting systems and implementation of policies and procedures with respect to the control of cash and other elements of loss control. Responsibilities also included managing deposit and credit relationships with banks and for cash management and treasury operations.

Prior to joining Fas Mart, Rique was treasurer of Brooks Transfer and Storage Company and supervisor at McGladrey and Pullen, a national public accounting and consulting firm. During his five-year tenure at McGladrey, Rique supervised multiple audit teams led by senior auditors, revised audit documents to ensure proper compliance with GAAP, trained staff members in auditing procedures, and prepared and reviewed corporate, individual, proprietor, Sub-chapter S, and not-for-profit tax returns.