Meet the Partners
Jaime L. Parlade, CPA
Jaime attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, and earned his BSBA,
Finance in 1995. He took all the undergraduate accounting requirements via
post-baccalaureate studies at Florida International University (FIU).
Jaime began his career at Price Waterhouse, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers,
LLP (PwC) in 1997. Jaime sat for the CPA exam in 1998 and passed all four sections
on the first try. While at PwC, he attended FIU and received an MS in Taxation in 1999.
In 2002, Jaime, along with his current partner, Justin Schaefer, decided to leave the big
accounting firm world and start their own firm. Since that time, he Justin, and Joseph have had
great success (and a lot of fun) building Parlade, Schaefer & Schortz, CPAs, PA.
Justin A. Schaefer, CPA
Justin received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Miami, followed
by a Master’s of Science in Accounting, with a concentration in Taxation from the University
of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the
area of international taxation. Justin went on to work at Deloitte and Touche, until he
ultimately joined his partners, Jaime Parlade and Joseph Schortz, in Parlade, Schaefer & Schortz, CPAs, PA.
Education and civic involvement are important aspects of Justin’s life. He has been involved with
the boards of Camillus Health Concern, Mount Sinai Hospital Founders Association, and The Cushman
Joseph R. Schortz, CPA, CGMA, TEP
With more than 40 years of experience in both the public and private accounting sectors, Joseph’s practice areas include tax planning and preparation for resident and non-resident individuals, partnerships, estates, trusts, corporations, and non-profits; business, estate and trust planning; compilations, reviews, and audits of financial statements; insolvency and bankruptcy; advisory services for international entertainers; and litigation support.
Prior to establishing his own private firm, Joseph provided a broad range of tax preparation and audit services, as well as other advisory and consulting services, including litigation support. He served nine years as a Partner at Kelson, Merves & Schortz, CPAs, and ten years as a sole practitioner in New Jersey, before selling his firm in 1996.