Matthew Sickmiller

Matthew Sickmiller

Technical Manager of Professional Practice

Center for Audit Quality

Washington, D.C. USA

There is no rush, wade into [life] comfortably. Retaining your lessons learned is the key to future autonomy.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Moved from Central Ohio to Washington DC with no defined career goal.
Being laid off 3 times from my first 3 jobs. First the telecom bubble of the early 2000's sunk the Telecom company I started with, then a year later the company I joined then the housing crisis.
Got married, bought a home.
Got my CPA licence.
Left my comfy small firm for PwC.
Worked for the PCAOB and got my regulatory experience.


High School
Marion Catholic High School
University of Cincinnati
University of Virginia


Technical Manager of Professional Practice

I prepare comment letters on proposals issued by the PCAOB and SEC and develop technical content for publications.

Career Roadmap

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Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I start my days looking at the news for about 30 minutes to an job requires I keep current on legislative and rule making affairs by many different bodies. The rest of the day is spent thinking, working collaboratively, and writing. Once the work on a publication or letter is done, there are many days that I am out meeting with the public at conferences or presenting content at meetings with the top minds in the profession.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Start slow...I was 29, married, carrying a mortgage. There is no rush, wade into it comfortably. Retaining your lessons learned are the key to future autonomy.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You are too old to change careers to audit, auditing is a young person's profession (I was 29)."