What is your major and why did you decide to join BAP?
"I am pursuing an M.S. in Accounting. I joined BAP back in Fall 2015 to develop the necessary soft skills to grow my network. I also wanted to surround myself with the brightest individuals within the University and among professionals."
What events or people influenced you to run for chapter president?
"To list things off, I was influenced by my experiences with Best Practices, Project Run with It, and various BAP conferences. However, I was influenced the most by my involvement in our chapter’s Gold Challenge video submission. Being behind the camera, I got to see first-hand all of our major accomplishments under former chapter president Cass Chopek. She’s been a great role model for me, and I wanted to lead our members to success as she did."
What do you plan to do in your professional career?
"After graduation, I plan to work in public accounting and complete the CPA certification. I hope to eventually go back to school and earn an MBA. LONG-term goal is to be either the managing partner at a public accounting firm or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company."
Outside of BAP and schoolwork, what do you enjoy doing?
"On weekends, I work with children on the Autism spectrum. I’ve worked with the same group of kids for almost 4 years, and they are practically family to me. During my free time, I also enjoy
cruising around the neighborhood on my OneWheel, working on my truck and planning for upcoming project cars, traveling the globe and experiencing new adventures, and catching up on Netflix shows with my dogs."
What advice would you give to new members and candidates?
"Something I always tell our members and candidates is that what you get out of BAP depends on what you put in. Don’t hesitate to volunteer and put yourself out there. People higher up on the totem pole notice active involvement and will reach out to you with greater opportunities. If you feel that you don’t see any opportunities to be more involved, reach out to an officer or director. Taking the initiative is always noticed and keeps that person in mind for bigger and better things."