May 14, 2020

From Intern to Accountant: Finding Your Path

I was born in Mexico and moved to Palatine when I was 12. I got an accounting degree from University of Illinois at Chicago – I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I wasn’t sure what type of accounting I wanted to do. I thought audit, but when I got an…

May 9, 2020

Hitting a Home Run: Working with Clients on Day One

In college, I knew I wanted to get a degree in business, but early on I really did not know exactly what specific degree was for me. Eventually, through a little soul searching and a few accounting classes, I decided accounting was for me. I played baseball, and because of my schedule I couldn’t participate…

April 17, 2020

Connecting with Clients: Gaining Control of Your Career

I started as a private accountant in the hotel industry, then went to work at a small firm, which was in turn acquired by a much larger BDO company. At both firms, I gained great experience at being both a specialist and a generalist, tackling international tax and pass-through tax, as well as transaction advisory…

March 18, 2020

Audit Assignments: A Place to Try Everything

I didn’t start college thinking I would become an accountant, but a career assessment test highlighted it for me. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016, and when a job with another accounting firm fell through, I was connected with Weiss. It was a great fit. I started as a tax…

March 8, 2020

From Farm to Firm: Finding the Right Fit at Weiss

I grew up on a hobby farm in Wisconsin, but I decided to double major in economics and accounting at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. When I graduated in 2014, I started working at a bigger accounting firm. I found I didn’t like to be pigeonholed into one area – focusing specifically on taxes for manufacturing properties…