Menlo Hosts CPA Firms’ Partners Panel Discussion

By Vicky Schultz

On Wednesday April 2, Menlo welcomed executive partners from five leading public accounting firms as part of the CPA Firms’ Partners Panel Discussion. Representatives from three of the Big Four accounting firms were present including Ernie Cortes from Ernst & Young, David Hering from KPMG, and Tina Knauss from Pricewaterhousecoopers, as well we Partners Allan Smith from Grant Thornton and Stephanie Tsiagkas from Sensiba San Filippo.

“Many people believe accounting is just ‘number crunching’ and doesn’t involve interaction with people,” said Professor Janis Zaima, Ph.D. who organized the event with the help of Student Accounting Officers Catherine Gonzalez, Elizabeth Guzman, and Patrick McNamara.  “While accountants do have an analytical mind, people skills are very important in this profession. They spend many hours with clients communicating about the work and more importantly, establishing a relationship with them.”

The panel discussion included valuable information for students considering a career path in finance and provided a perspective of the job opportunities available in the Silicon Valley.