I didn’t make the Big 4 Accounting Firms, living abroad, and coming out at work

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Tell us a little bit about your background.

  • Max was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently lives there
  • He received a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Accounting from the University of Tampa
  • Max currently works as an Internal Auditor at Patterson Companies, Inc
  • He holds a CPA and CISA license (Certified Information Systems Auditor)

Tell us about one experience in your current position that just blew you away and you were really excited about.

After only being out of University for two years, Max’s company is transferring him abroad to live in the UK! While he is in UK, Max will be traveling back and forth to Asia and Australia!

What was your biggest failure to date?

After not receiving a big 4 accounting firms position, Max felt like a failure. Have a listen to see why what actual happened turned out better than he imagined!

Tell us a challenge you met and how you overcame it?

Have a listen for Max’s full story on coming out as a gay man at work and how he was able to be open with his co-workers, friends, and family.

What is a great resource you used along the way that helped you get where you are today?

A five year plan. He sat down and wrote all the goals that were important to him (CPA, CISA, traveling, etc) and over the years has been able to cross them off and get that feeling of true accomplishment.

What’s a great book that you’ve read?

Malcom Gladwell – Blink

Lastly, tell us about a quote that you love and how it’s helped you reach your goals.

“Determine what it is you want, what you truly want. Once you set your mind to it, commit to it no matter what obstacle is placed in front of you. You’ll be able to accomplish that goal” – Anonymous


Email me at andrew@thebeancounter.org.