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Theodore Young ’89

Theodore Young '89When Theodore Young was evaluating universities while he was in high school, he knew that his parents, Theodore and Diane Kramer Young, who both received music education degrees from Indiana State College (now IUP) in 1960, had a “great experience” there. That, combined with the excellent reputation of the College of Business, led him to select IUP for his bachelor’s degree.

“I was interested in a career in business and believed that a degree in accounting would provide an excellent foundation of learning and skills that I could leverage as I pursued a career after graduation,” Young said.

Young credits his early career success to the excellent professors he had at IUP, plus the diverse and meaningful experiences he gained through participation in campus activities and organizations. While a student at IUP, Young was active in the Student Accounting Association, Business Day, and Phi Gamma Nu. “Given these activities,” Young said, “I had the opportunity to interact with numerous representatives of the ‘Big 8’ public accounting firms. I also participated in the interviewing process coordinated by the IUP Career Services, as it was known then, and received an offer to join PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1989.”

In his first eight years with PwC Pittsburgh, Young primarily focused in the area of corporate taxation, where he served numerous clients in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

In 1997, Young was selected for a two-year assignment in Detroit, working with PwC Tax leadership on strategic planning. After completing this assignment, in 1999, Young was admitted to the PwC partnership in Detroit, where he served as lead tax partner on large multinational clients. In 2003, he was appointed as the Detroit Tax Market leader. In this role, he had responsibility for leading all aspects of the PwC Detroit Tax practice.

In 2005, Young was asked to relocate and serve as the tax leader of the Greater Chicago Market, one of the firm’s top five markets in the country, and then in July 2009, he was appointed as the PwC Midwest Region tax leader.

In March 2014, Young was named the deputy tax leader of PwC Tax, responsible for U.S. markets and operations. In this role, Young oversees all of the U.S. regions and markets for tax, as well as all financial and human capital aspects of the U.S. tax practice. He oversees the resource commitments to PwC clients, is responsible for the quality and delivery of services, and collaborates on the strategic direction of the tax practice. He is also a member of the Tax Core Leadership Team. 

Throughout his career at PwC, Young has been very active in the recruitment and development of partners and staff members. While he was in the Pittsburgh office, he actively participated for many years in the PwC IUP campus recruiting program for entry-level accounting positions.

Young enjoys meeting with numerous candidates each year and getting to know each individual and learn about his or her experiences, goals, and potential fit at PwC.

“People are our number-one asset at PwC,” Young said. “Recruiting and developing talented entry-level and experienced professionals and providing each individual with a great professional experience are key elements of our strategy.”

Profile published on 4/10/14

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