Rex was raised on a dairy farm in NE Pennsylvania, he learned at a young age the value and benefits of hard work and of working together. Rex grew up working with his father on the family farm. Early memories were of farmers and other business people whose success or failure was measured by their abilities and determination, and often by helping one another.
Rex was always interested in the numbers part of a business and he grew to realize that knowledge of financial data was of utmost importance, so the field of accounting seemed to be a natural drawing card. After some time out for marriage and for service in a tank battalion in the US Army stationed in Germany, Rex completed his degree from the University of Miami with the help of the GI Bill. Then, with much assistance from his wife Roberta, Rex achieved the status of a Certified Public Accountant.
Nearly 30 years ago, Rex and Roberta found their dream home in Punta Gorda Isles, and moved in with their assortment of 4 legged friends. This move offered Rex and Roberta the opportunity to start a new firm from scratch, Koch & Company CPAs. The firm strives to learn about each individual or company before they begin to work to improve a client’s situation, be it a minor issue, or a challenge of material substance and scope. Business clients are nurtured and encouraged, and special attention is paid to start ups and reorganizations.
While the move to Punta Gorda offered a wonderful opportunity to meet many new people, one of the most important benefits was that while starting a new firm, now Rex was able to allocate time to offer considerable resources to the local civic and non-for-profit community. He has served on the boards of many organizations. Included is about 10 years with the Homeless Coalition, the first half as Coalition President and then 5 years as President of the newly formed Homeless Coalition Foundation; one of the main efforts here was the establishment of the annual Mistletoe Ball, which rapidly became “the social event of the year”.
An early favorite award received by Rex was from the Charlotte Sun as one of the “100 Most Influential Citizens” with the title of “Not for Profit Expert” as recognition for his volunteer work in this field. Rex is also the very proud recipient of the annual Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ “Outstanding CPA in Public Service Award”, only presented to a single CPA firm in the state each year. Election to the Charlotte Leadership “Hall of Fame” is also highly honored as the election is made by graduates of the program who live and serve in our community.
In addition to proudly working with the Military Heritage Museum (this is the second time Rex has served on the Board), Rex currently serves on the boards of both the Punta Gorda Rotary Club and the Punta Gorda Rotary Charity & Education Foundation. He offers pro bono services to several veterans groups, and assists many other organizations with their application to become a 501 c 3 not for profit corporation.