Tony Caleca, CPA, CGMA


Always be listening.

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Meet Tony

Tony is Armanino’s Midwest Geo leader, Manufacturing & Distribution Industry leader and a member of the firm’s Operating Leadership Team. He is committed to supporting and impacting the growth and success of clients, colleagues and communities, with input into the firm’s strategy, revenue growth, service offerings, quality control, staff development and community awareness.

Tony served as Managing Partner of Brown Smith Wallace prior to the firm’s combination with Armanino in 2021. His career experiences have allowed him to develop a strong background in strategy, planning, leadership and operational acumen around business and cash flow management, family tax and succession planning, project management, staff development, financing and management consulting. He worked closely with a variety of privately held companies and private equity firms, serving organizations in the manufacturing, distribution, transportation construction and service companies in all facets of their businesses. Tony has worked side by side with numerous clients through sales and acquisitions of businesses. The value of these transactions exceeds $2.5 billion in cumulative proceeds.

As a business leader fully invested in his community, Tony proudly serves local organizations in a variety of leadership roles. He holds a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from Fontbonne University, is a licensed CPA in the state of Missouri and a CGMA through the AICPA.

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Professional History


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MOCPA)


  • Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Governors
  • Moore North America Board of Directors
  • Archdiocese of St. Louis Finance Council
  • St. Louis Archdiocesan Fund Trustee


  • Fontbonne University


  • Brown Smith Wallace LLP


Q. What does the firm’s commitment to the Saint Louis community look like?
As we grow, we are able to make a bigger impact on our communities. The Armanino Foundation provides staff, as well as our clients, community partners and friends of the firm a formal organization for our community efforts. We have formal programs like “dollars for doers” that match the personal time commitment our team provides in the form of real dollar donations and provides education to improving financial literacy to the underserved, many of which are also beneficiaries of our grant programs. The Armanino Foundation works closely with our IDEAL (Inclusion of Diverse Employees and Leaders) Team to ensure we are making a positive impact on our community.
Q. Where do you think the firms biggest strengths are?
We have a 360-degree viewpoint where we are able to support our clients in all areas — not just tax and compliance, but digital transformation, consulting, AI and many other opportunities their organization can harness. This view enables us to support our clients in a future-forward-thinking way.
Q. What is some of the most gratifying work you have done?
Watching our people grow and step into leadership roles or take on new challenges and opportunities because they feel empowered to do so.
Q. Describe your work style.
Servant, relentless and intentional.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Always be listening. Doing so puts you in a better position to understand and address a client’s or associate’s needs. So often we like to fix problems before fully understanding the scope of the situation.
Q. What do you love most about your work?
The opportunity to have a positive impact on others. Knowing that we are our clients’ and associates’ trusted resource and will do whatever we can to help them achieve success. Being there to offer support and guidance when others are overcoming obstacles or reaching milestones is a direct testament to our firm’s purpose of creating a positive impact.
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