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Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips

Fender Musical Instruments

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Ben's work combines: Business, Technology, and Accomplishing Goals

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Day In The Life

Director of Internal Audit

I help my company improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its operational and financial processes

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Arizona State University

  • Graduate Degree

    Finance, General

    Arizona State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Accountants and Auditors:

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting and Finance

Graduate Degree: Accounting

Certification: Accounting

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Wanted to make millions in the capital markets.

  • 2.

    Got a degree in finance.

  • 3.

    Took a job at a large brokerage firm.

  • 4.

    Decided that a career as a service professional was less risky.

  • 5.

    Got an MBA and found a job doing internal audit.

  • 6.

    Obtained several certifications in my profession.

  • 7.

    Gained experience in my field with several employers.

  • 8.

    Became the head of Internal Audit at Fender.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    You should find a good stable career.

  • How I responded:

    Figure out what you really love to do as early as possible and work towards that. Be realistic about what success in your chosen pursuit "looks like". Be honest with yourself in your appraisal of your ability and likelihood for success in your field.