Magazine article The CPA Journal

It's Amazing What CPAs Can Do Using Technology to Spread a Passion for Learning

Magazine article The CPA Journal

It's Amazing What CPAs Can Do Using Technology to Spread a Passion for Learning

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I grew up in New Jersey as a typical kid who played sports, followed the local teams, and watched comedy on TV at night while doing my homework. The thought of one day becoming a CPA never entered my mind until much later in life.

After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Maryland at College Park, majoring in history. I realized, however, that it would be very difficult to secure a job after graduating with a history major, so I decided that studying accounting instead would lead to a much better and more secure future. I then applied and was admitted to the Rutgers MBA program, where I studied accounting.

While attending Rutgers, I interned at KPMG in New Jersey. On one of my first days there, I was told to go to a client's warehouse to look for the audit senior and help in an inventory observation assignment, among other things. Though I was nervous, I found that the people I worked with were kind and knowledgeable, and my first hands-on experience was a definite success.

Upon graduating from Rutgers, I went to work full-time at KPMG in New Jersey and worked on the Hoffman-La Roche pharmaceutical company account. I stayed at KPMG for three years, rising to senior auditor, and earned my CPA license.

After leaving KPMG, I went to work as an internal auditor at the RCA Corporation, where I eventually became RCA's international auditor, and then assistant controller. After about three years at RCA, I started to miss my days in public accounting and went to work at BDO in New York. It was there that I discovered my true love and calling, continuing professional education. Working as a manager in the CPE department and as a line auditor, I was just in time to catch the advent of the home video market. …

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