Meet An Auditor: Chris York
Name & Age: Chris York, 26
Current job and location: Senior Staff at Crowe Horwath LLP, Atlanta, GA
Number of years with the firm: 2 years
Hometown: Chickamauga, GA
College/Major: Kennesaw State University/BBA in Accounting and MAcc in Financial Reporting and Auditing
1. Briefly describe what is your current role at the firm?
I work in the audit business unit, specifically in financial services, and have specialized in acquisition accounting over the past year. I primarily work on audits of publicly traded banks in the Southeast region.
2. What one personal quality helps you most in your auditing career and why?
My work ethic and commitment to the people around me. People often picture the stereotypical accountant crunching numbers in the basement, however this is very far from my daily routine. I spend most of my day answering staff questions, on the phone with members of the company management, working through complex accounting issues, or in meetings either internally or with management. Being able to multi-task and stay focused throughout the day is challenging, however necessary to achieve success in audit. One of the best aspects of this career is that I have so many amazing mentors at the firm that help build these qualities in me. Any success I have realized over the past two years is due to a commitment to myself and a work ethic instilled in me by my parents, coaches and teachers throughout school, and leaders in the firm.
3. What experience as an undergraduate student provided you with the best preparation for your job and why?
My internship with Crowe, collaborating with other students as a tutor at the school, and experience working within teams in the classroom best prepared me for my first two years in the firm. Specifically, the internship with Crowe instilled a deeper value of professionalism and commitment to integrity that carried into my first years as a full-time hire at the firm. The experiences collaborating with other students as a tutor taught me to identify and understand different learning styles, and how I can adapt my interaction accordingly to produce the best results. Also, experiences working within teams in the classroom helped prepare me for collaboration on the audit team as I began my career.
4. What advice, personal or professional, do you have for students considering a career in auditing?
Keep a positive attitude and always be open to constructive feedback. You will not always get it right the first time, and it is how you respond that will define you in your career. The best advice I can give is to surround yourself with individuals who make you better, both on a personal and professional level, and find a strong mentor to help you grow.
5. What has been the best part of your job and why?
The absolute best part of my job is the fact that I am challenged each and every day. The growth you experience in public accounting, especially in the first few years, is just astronomical and almost hard to believe when I look back at where I was two years ago. The environment is fast paced, full of extremely intelligent individuals, and provides the opportunities to direct your career on a personal level. This combined with the ability, and trust from management to work remotely, really are the best aspects of my job as it allows for substantial growth in my career and flexibility to have a personal life as well.