Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Raised and attended school in a small town in northeastern Montana. A wonderful place to grow up and able to participate in many activities (sports, school leadership, church, etc.).
Attended school at a liberal arts college in northern Minnesota. Adjusted to a larger city and met and made friends with people from different backgrounds. Met my wife and many lifelong friends.
Passed CPA and started my career with EY in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Overcame my initial fears and intimidation to learn and develop into a effective contributor to my teams, clients and practice.
Accepted an opportunity to work in EY's national office in New York. Moved there with my wife and grew tremendously while working and living in such an amazing place.
Blessed with 3 daughters who have become my life priority. I continued my career with EY, made partner, and became the lead partner on one of EY's premier accounts.
Moved with EY to Zurich, Switzerland to serve another major client. A transformational experience for me and my family to live and work in Europe. Being with such a diverse group of people was amazing
Moved to Boston to work with another great client and became active in firm initiatives, including diversity and inclusiveness. My girls continued to grow and mature as they move toward college age.
We will be moving to Canada to live in our 5th city and 3rd country since college. We are excited about the opportunities a new country will bring!

Education

High School
Bachelor
Accounting
Concordia College

Career

Global Client Service Partner

I lead a team that provides audit, tax and consulting services to a global bank.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Working with Others

Day to Day

Every day is different! There is no such thing as a typical day. However, most days involve solving problems (either client issues or issues within our team/firm). I also spend a lot of time with team members helping them achieve success. I do a lot of communicating every day, either verbally in meetings or on the phone or in writing via email and text.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be diligent in school. Get good grades and take on leadership roles. Our firm is fortunate to be an attractive employer so we have a lot of applicants. High grades are a starting point to begin the discussion. We also want people who are leaders and can work effectively with teams.

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 Myself:

"You are from a small town and went to a small college, so you can't be successful in a big firm in a big city."