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Once I gave a presentation to some students at Florida International University and told them I was an entrepreneur. One student raised his hand and said:
You can be an entrepreneur with an accounting background and be doing something besides starting a CPA firm?
The answer is yes! But entrepreneurship isn't the only thing you can do with your accounting background. There is a vast number of opportunities across various disciplines from sales, technology, writing, entrepreneurship, private and governmental accounting, & more! Have a look through each of the sections below!
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Tim Ryan is the PwC US Markets, Strategies, and Stakeholders Leader for PwC. Late last year PwC had me come to the headquarters in New York to meet with Tim and discuss his experience at PwC and PwC's view on global "mega-trends."
He is one of the top partners at one of the largest public accounting firms in the world. He has worked with large clients such as AIG and was the US Audit Leader for PwC.
To listen to the entire interview, click here!
Allan Koltin is just one of many consultants to the CPA profession but he has an incredible story which he shared with us on the podcast. He has also landed himself on Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People in the profession for a number of years and has been dubbed by some as "The Most Interesting Man in Accounting" as a play on the Dos Equis commercial! Check out Allan's site here.
Patrick Gramling is the CFO of Ironman (yes, the ones that do triathlons), which is headquartered in Tampa. Before becoming the CFO, he worked in audit for Ernst & Young since graduating college. Patrick was a great guy to meet and admitted that he had a non-traditional path to CFO. Most people work in private accounting for years before making it to this position.
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