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Michael Horsey

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in Philadelphia around a lot of gang violence, but my mother was a huge positive influence and pushed education as a way to break away from that environment.
After high school, Carnegie Mellon University offered me scholarships to go to their school, so I went for industrial engineering because it was the closest major to business at the school.
Ended up transferring to the University of Pennsylvania for economics after one year—it was an all-around better decision for what I wanted to do.
One of my fraternity brothers, who worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), helped me get an interview with the company—I worked there for six years.
It was hard for African Americans in Philadelphia to get commercial engagements, but I was able to get a job in Johnson & Johnson’s internal audit group.
I went on to join Mitchell & Titus, which is the largest minority-controlled accounting firm in the U.S.
After 27 years at Mitchell & Titus, I’m now CEO and chairman of my own firm, Horsey, Buckner & Heffler.
I serve on several boards, including the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and founded The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia to support academic and athletic achievement in high school and college.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Economics, General
University of Pennsylvania
Certification/License
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Career

Chairman & CEO

I lead a minority-controlled accounting firm that provides assurance, tax, and advisory services.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Entrepreneurship
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I'm the CEO of our accounting firm, so I lead the team in providing a variety of accounting services for business, non-profits, government agencies, high net-worth individuals, and professional athletes. Our typical services include financial, performance, and compliance audits, tax planning, forensic accounting, and business advisory to help others with their productivity and profitability.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

If you want to be a CPA, you need to put in effort to fully understand whatever niched industry you're going into outside of the standard public accounting education you'll receive. Additionally, research skills are very helpful when looking into different firms and the success rates specific employees similar to you have had.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Find good mentors to guide you in the right direction. If you see someone you relate to who has been successful in the field you're wanting to get into, get to know them, seek their guidance, and cultivate that relationship. My mentors have played a huge role in my road to success.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"African Americans can't have the same success."

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
Racial Discrimination

Interviewed By

Making it Balance

Making it Balance

Accounting and Auditing Roadtrip