Vice Chairman & US Industries and Insights Leader
I lead all of the U.S. industries, development for partners, and all Deloitte research.
Day to Day
I travel a few days each week visiting clients or account teams. I focus on developing financial plans/strategies for our largest accounts. I also spend a significant amount of time in succession planning on accounts and partner evaluations and deployment. Finally, I am leading our research agenda from a firm perspective, so we are eminent in that area.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
I would say EQ (emotional intelligence) skills are critical. Auditing requires an understanding of the economy, the basics of financial statements, what it takes to run a business, and how to build relationships. You need to be willing to speak up, fight, and question things.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for college students
I think grit, tenacity, and hard work is key. Get a good foundational education with a college degree and strive for excellence in your grades. Auditing is the foundation of business. Once you understand auditing, you understand almost everything within the business realm, so start with that.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)