SGV Partners raise a toast to Itos

SGV Partners honored retiring former Chairman and Country Managing Partner (CMP) J. Carlitos G. Cruz (JGC) on 11 December with a program that was webcast from the SGV Development Center. Some of SGV’s leadership and partners who were part of the organizing committee were physically present at the venue and observed proper social distancing and required health and safety protocols. Other partners virtually participated in the celebration from their own offices or homes.

Chairman and CMP Wilson P. Tan (WPT) delivered the opening remarks and commended JGC’s valuable contributions to the Firm that have enhanced our services, empowered our professionals, and developed the accounting profession.

The first part of the program featured video messages from JGC’s clients, colleagues, former staff and teammates, and family, including several SGV Alumni Partners. They shared how he embodied the different Partner Personas – one who demonstrates integrity and the enthusiasm and courage to lead; delivers exceptional client service; exhibits team leadership; and possesses an entrepreneurial mindset.

JGC then expressed his gratitude to all those who became a significant part of his SGV journey. He also shared his thoughts on the mindset needed for SGV’s continued success, emphasizing the value of long-term growth, continuous training, agility and teaming, and staying connected with the Firm’s stakeholders.

The program also featured video presentations from the SGV Glee Club and the SGV Dance Company. Volunteer dancers from Market Group 4 and our Cebu, Davao and Clark branches also prepared a special video dance performance featuring facility improvements in SGV offices nationwide – which formed part of JGC’s legacy.

This was followed by a virtual after-party hosted by Assurance Partner Raoul Balisalisa. Participants played online trivia games about JGC and listened to more messages from active partners, EY colleagues, his former staff turned clients and friends, and Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice (ACPAPP) members.

In honor of his 39 years of service to the Firm, JGC was presented with a token of appreciation, a sculpture titled Gratitude. It depicts a man amid three deeply-rooted trees whose crowns are fused as one. The trees symbolize SGV and represent the growth of our people, our clients and our country.

We wish you all the best, JGC.

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