Mike Verbeck

Mike Verbeck

U.S. West Assurance Managing Partner


EY

San Diego, CA USA

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I came to EY, left for another job, then came back to EY.
I received an offer to become CFO of a private company making more money than I thought I’d ever make in my life. I stayed for about three years.
The money was good and helped prepare for my son’s college, but it was way tougher than at EY – there wasn’t the support I got here. I welcomed the chance to come back to EY.
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Education

High School
Savanna High School
Bachelor
Accounting
University of Southern California

Career

U.S. West Assurance Managing Partner

I’m responsible for our business in the West Region, which includes 3,500 across 18 states.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

With the multiple time zones we work in at EY, I start my day early, about 6 a.m. and grab some coffee. I then get ready for calls that start soon thereafter, because half of the people that work with me have been going at it for two or three hours already. Then I’ll head to the office. About 50% of my time is spent just talking to people. I travel probably two, three days a week to various offices, meeting with our people or our clients.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Relationships and being responsive is vital. When you're a leader, people look to you to help them, guide their decision-making or simply help or encourage them. And in order to do that, you have to have a relationship based on trust and being responsive to their needs.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Accounting is a great place to start. Learn a little bit about it because it’s the language of business and you're going to need to know it no matter what. Industry, entrepreneurship, engineering even—there’s a business side to all of it. Plus, accounting is a great starting point—you can move into anything from there to finance, operations, consulting, transaction advisory, anything. So, even if you get a C in “Intro to Accounting,” you'll be better for it because you’ll have that understanding

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"I was discouraged by people telling me that I couldn’t support my young family while pursuing this demanding career, which included a busy season with long hours."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial