The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step - Lao Tzu
How did you first decide on the accounting field? At an early age, I showed a penchant for math and was persuaded to look at accounting. After taking several accounting classes in high school, I decided it was what I wanted to do as a career.
Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My father. He is someone that can always be counted on, but never seeks recognition of his efforts. He epitomized what I have seen as the definition of integrity “doing the right thing even when no one is watching”.
What is your favorite client experience? One of my largest clients that I worked with for over fifteen years, for a variety of reasons, decided that it was time to sell the Company. I had served a variety of roles with this organization from being a new staff person performing the review engagement to working as a liaison with management, who did not see eye to eye on many business items. After a strenuous due diligence process, the sale consummated and provided the owners with a substantial return for the Company. I remember the joy of attending the celebration party with all the owners sharing dinner and drinks and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
What would you like to be remembered for? I would want to be remembered as someone that could be relied on and was a steady influence in difficult situations.
What would you tell a brand new college graduate trying to get a job in accounting? Seek out the profession in both public accounting and industry. Listen (and believe) what those individuals are telling you about the industry and what to expect. I believe that many graduates do not have a reasonable expectation for what the work environment is. One of my sayings is that my smartest day in public accounting was my first day because I knew everything and my dumbest was my second day when I realized how much I didn’t know.
What is something not many people know about you? I earned the rank of Eagle Scout when I was fifteen years old.
What distinguishes Herbein from other firms in your opinion? Herbein is unique due to the size of the organization, its multiple offices, and the expertise of its personnel. The Pittsburgh market has seen the absorption of several firms into national firms. While this in many cases has improved the internal expertise of these firms, it seems to have hurt the overall client experience. Herbein has positioned itself to provide its clients quality expertise, while remembering that we are here to serve our clients.
What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? I am an avid Penn State Football fan and during the fall will likely either be at the game or watching on TV. I also enjoy cooking.
What is your guilty pleasure? Turning on SportsCenter and zoning out with the newspaper or magazine. I've been known to sit through three or four consecutive repeat episodes before changing the channel.