James Powell

James Powell



Nashville, TN USA

The time put in is well worth the rewards.


My road in life has been direct.
Started working with KPMG in Silicon Valley - September 1992
Moved to Atlanta, GA - 2000
Promoted to Partner - 2005
Moved to Nashville, TN and assumed role of Office Managing Partner - 2015
Named National Partner in Charge of University Talent Acquisition - 2017
Moved to Minneapolis, MN and assumed role of Office Managing Partner - 2020
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I am an audit partner, Office Managing Partner and Partner-in-Charge of University Talent Acquistion

Career Roadmap

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Day to Day

I am lucky to have a variety of jobs. From an auditor perspective, my daily work includes meeting with clients and my teams, planning and executing annual audits and audits of internal control over financial reporting for my public companies, and reviewing audit working papers. From a managing partner perspective, I meeting with executives of clients and targets in the community. In my recruiting role, I meet with students and faculty throughout the year.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Talk to students who have just recently entered into the profession. They provide the most recent experience and were in your shoes just a year or two before. They tend to provide honesty and openness about what they learned and what they might have done differently as they started pursuing their career.

Recommended Education

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


The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"You will work too hard and not have a life. "

Challenges I Overcame