Accounting, Tim Hart said, is a profession of trust.

“People trust me with their information,” Hart said. “People trust me that I’ll get the work done. People tell me things they wouldn’t tell anyone else. They tell me about their employment, their investments and trust me to give them sound and sage advice.”

Hart, 59, owns R3 Accounting. He lives in Plantation and grew up in nearby Hollywood. When he began working in South Florida around 2002 Hart said the LGBT community was “grossly underserved.”

“That was the time of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell),” Hart said. “Folks needed people who understood domestic partnerships and would help them without any bias or stigma.”

Hart said he has worked with gay lawyers Dean Trantalis, Norm Kent and George Castrataro on projects and causes for South Florida’s LGBT community. (Kent is also the SFGN publisher.)

“I worked with Dean to make sure people had the right kind of retirement,” Hart said of his collaboration with Trantalis, Fort Lauderdale’s newly elected mayor. “These folks deserved the best we could give them.”

On a personal level, Hart said his work for HIV/AIDS organizations is deeply gratifying. He has participated in the annual SMART Ride to Key West as a cyclist and serves on the board of directors for the World AIDS Museum.

“That disease has affected everybody, some more than most and there are many who have been negatively afflicted,” Hart said. “You have to do something and not just talk about it.”

Hart passed the CPA exam in 1982. He began his career working for “arguably one of the largest firms in the world” (KPMG) in 1979 and credits his involvement in the Oakland Park/Wilton Manors Chamber of Commerce for “definitely helping my business.”

“I joined the Chamber of Commerce and immersed myself in the community that I worked,” he said.