Joined the Team: September 1996
Although the business was not formally purchased until 2008, Bryan Escobar has long been involved with the Austin, Texas, based bookkeeping and tax experts at Escobar & Associates. Since he was a teenager, he helped his father Manuel, the original founder of Escobar & Associates, around the office.
He grew up with the practice. This instilled in him a great appreciation, as well as a solid understanding of the unique challenges involved with running a family owned business. In the last ten years, Bryan has been dedicated to empowering independent businesses become successful, as he understands one important thing; long-term and strong relationships are paramount to prosperity for everyone. He knows all too well the daily struggles of running a small company through his own personal experiences. After purchasing Escobar & Associates from his father at the beginning of what turned out to be one of the worst American recessions in modern history, he kept the practice thriving through hard work, wise financial planning, and strategic decisions.
In 2015, he was diagnosed with cancer. By the end of the year after successful treatment of chemotherapy and radiation, he was cancer free. This experience renewed his commitment to community building; his life’s mission is to help others achieve success by offering exceptional services including bookkeeping, business planning, tax preparation, and assisting business owners and individuals reconcile federal tax issues with the IRS.
Bryan has an Associates in Behavioral Science and a Business Degree both from Concordia University Texas and has earned his IRS Enrolled Agent license. Today, his beloved wife, Jennifer, works alongside him at Escobar & Associates. Together they enjoy spending their free time with their children and adored grandson, and strive to find new opportunities to help their community through their hard work.
Joined the Team: January 2002
Jennifer Escobar has been a part of Escobar & Associates team for over 15 years. Acting as the general manager, she runs the day-to- day operations at the practice by planning, directing, and executing all tax projects, ensuring that all personal and business client deadlines are met. She holds a Business Degree from Concordia University Texas and has earned an IRS Enrolled Agent license. Her area of expertise is Offers in Compromise; she has never lost a case.
Jennifer is committed to helping her community thrive by her work at Escobar & Associates. When she’s not engaged with clients, she enjoys running half and full marathons and competing in tough-mudders. You can always find her spending quality time with her family and her beloved grandson, Cain.
Joined the Team: December 2012
Melvin Alexander, known fondly as Mel in the office, is well appreciated for bringing his rich past and vast experience in multiple industries to the practice. After graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso, he enlisted in the Army. While serving his country, he focused his efforts on his insurance business, founding and selling 3 successful insurance agencies over the past 40 years. Simultaneously, he started and ran other small businesses, always staying true to his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to be a jack-of-all-trades and solve problems. Currently, Melvin has a Real Estate Brokers license and in the past, enjoyed serving clients as a Licensed Registered Investment Advisor.
After Bryan and Mel met in 2000, it was clear that they had a lot in common, including their mutual desire to help give the people in their community the tools to thrive in their businesses. A prosperous business relationship has subsequently blossomed as Mel continues his work as the senior tax consultant at the firm.
Joined the Team: June 2012
Aereole Garcia began her career with Escobar & Associates as an administrative assistant. After a few years, she committed herself to continue to grow with the firm and began exploring her interests in the tax business. She has become proficient in QuickBooks and is continuing her education by seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Edwards University here in Austin, Texas. She is a valued member of the team and supports the firm by assisting with the regular operations of the office and streamlining the workload of her coworkers.
Aereole is an avid animal lover and enjoys spending time with her beloved American Bulldog in her free time. She looks forward to building a family of her own after she completes her course work at St. Edwards.