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Northeast Chapter Board
Oct. 16, the Northeast Chapter hosted its annual Student Night at
Wolferts Roost Country Club in Albany. The event is designed to
attract students to the accounting profession by giving them
the opportunity to learn about the experiences of a variety of
professionals in the field. Many students have no idea how interesting accounting can be
and how many different directions an accounting career can go. We began the
evening with a panel of four speakers who shared their
experiences in accounting and answered questions from the audience.
First up was Jeremy Noble, the
CFO for law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC. Jeremy explained why
accountants are not boring, giving many examples from his
path to the specialized field. Adil Sidique, from KPMG, spoke about
the excitement of working for a large firm and the challenges of
passing the CPA exam. Lastly, I spoke about my experiences working
at a mid-sized firm and finding work-life balance in public
accounting. Our moderator, Andrea W. Hotaling from
Siena College, also spoke briefly about careers in accounting
After dinner, we were fortunate to be able to hear
from Oliver Robinson, Superintendent of Shenendehowa School
District. Oliver has an undergraduate degree from Brown University
in economics, but spent many of his early years in accounting and
finance. He delivered an inspiring and entertaining message about
finding our passion in life and the importance of ethics in the
workplace. He credited his background in math and finance for
helping him be a more effective administrator in
During dinner and the presentations, students were
seated with accounting professionals from colleges and accounting
firms in the Capital Region. We created mixed groups of students and
CPAs to maximize networking opportunities and the students' exposure
to different types of careers in accounting. This year, 67 students
from six area schools attended, along with 37 accounting
professionals and educators. Although we had a few graduate
students, the majority of student attendees were freshmen or
sophomores who were taking beginner accounting courses. Many
students gave positive feedback about the
Below are some of the
"I gained tremendous insight and learned a lot from
you - especially that anything can be accomplished if you want
to achieve and put your mind to it. I never really knew how many
opportunities there are with an accounting degree and a CPA, and
hearing all the speakers tonight really influenced me." --
Brittany Stahura, Union Graduate College
"Overall, the event was great! I was able to
meet with accountants from various fields and get a well-rounded
description of what it takes to enter the profession. The speakers,
of different backgrounds, shared valuable information that also
played a role in persuading me to pursue a career that involved
accounting." -- Anthony McKay, College of St.
To organize the event, accounting professionals
worked with educators to bring students and accountants together. I
co-chaired the event with Andrea Hotaling. Other committee members
included Don F. Arnold, Union Graduate College;
Ronald L. Guzior, BST, LLP; Catherine M.
Katagiri, The College of St. Rose; Michelle R.
Moshier, University at Albany; Gerald Silberstein, the Sage
Colleges; and Robert Soules, Union College.
To pay for the delicious dinner from Wolferts
Roost, area colleges and accounting firms sponsored students and
staff to attend. We couldn't have arranged this wonderful program
without our sponsors: Arthur Place & Company, P.C.; BST, L.L.P.'
Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Inc.; Karp, Ackerman, Skabowski,
& Hogan, CPAs, PC; KPMG, L.L.P.; LCS&Z, L.L.P.; Marvin &
Company, P.C.; Siena College; Staff Ciampino & Company, PC; T.M.
Byxbee Company, CPAs, NY, P.C.; Teal Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs,
PC; The College of St. Rose; The Sage Colleges; The University of
Albany; UHY, L.L.P.; Union College; Union Graduate College; Walrath
Recruiting, Inc.; Wojeski & Co. CPAs, PC. Thank you again for
your generous support!
For more information about sponsoring or
participating in next year's student night, please contact me at the
email address below.
Contact Jennifer Pickett by email.