Andrew Commons

Andrew Commons

Assistant Controller


Gaylor, Inc.

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Worked in a grocery store in high school.
Had jobs in food service, retail, pet care, drove a forklift during college.
Had a great boss during college that saw my potential & trained me for his job. This was a key step.
Started in retail management right out of college.
Moved to the financial/banking industry next.
Then was found by a non-profit organization.
My next move was to a transportation and logistics company. Worked for a few of these.
I now work in the building and construction industry.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Cathedral High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
Purdue University-Main Campus
Career

Career

Assistant Controller

Develop and implement Operational and Financial Reporting along with normal accounting activities monthly.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Numbers
Numbers
Technology
Technology
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Many of my days are spent meeting with co-workers to find out what types of information they are looking to find to help them review or determine how their part of the company is currently running or how they can improve their area to be more efficient in cost savings or revenue generation. I then take this information and develop an appropriate report that can deliver the information needed. Beyond this, I spend much of my time working to keep the financial statements complete and accurate.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I have found that attending workshops, seminars, conferences in the accounting field and with software providers for the programs you use in your job to be an effective way to learn new skills and gain experience. Also, volunteering to take on a task that is related but not directly within your field will allow you to get a perspective on the work you do from a different perspective. This can help to understand the importance of your job and how the accuracy is important.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Find a company that wants to teach you how your job matters to the company overall. That doesn't mean you sit in on Executive Board meetings right away. However, you should understand how your job can affect change in the company.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You like to help people. Perhaps you should work at a place like Best Buy as an associate."

I disregarded it as an uninformed person about my abilities and goals.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Credit card and loan debt can be a life disabling thing to carry with you for years. Plan and budget your expenses and match those with your income. Pay yourself first. Carry as little debt as possible. You become rich by not spending all your money.