Rudy received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco where he majored in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. Upon graduation he returned to Stockton and was employed by Lyman & Keister, Certified Public Accountants, who later merged with Fox & Company, a national accounting firm. In 1975, Rudy was admitted to partner of Fox & Company and continued as a partner of Grant Thornton, an international accounting firm, upon the combination of those two firms. In 1987 he founded his own firm, Croce & Company Accountancy Corporation.
Rudy’s professional experience is in the area of income tax and accounting. He works extensively with individuals and corporations in agriculture, agribusiness, manufacturing and legal and medical professions. Much of his work is with closely held companies as a consultant to owners and executives on topics such as business expansion, management succession and income and estate tax planning.
Rudy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants as well as the San Joaquin Chapter where he served as president. Rudy has also served as a member of various chapter and state committees of the Society.
Rudy was a founding director of the San Joaquin Child Abuse Prevention Council, the Business Council, Inc. of San Joaquin County, Children’s Home of Stockton Foundation, San Joaquin Partnership Foundation, and Leadership Stockton. Rudy is past chairman of Junior Achievement of San Joaquin, Inc. and St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Stockton. Rudy is also a past president of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, United Way of San Joaquin County, and the Yosemite Club.