On September 27, 2016, the Student Accounting Association’s keynote speaker was Caroline Quinn from the public accounting firm of KMPG. Caroline received her bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh. She started her career as a recruiter in the energy division at Aerotek. From
there, she moved to UPMC to work as an employment specialist. About a year later she became a recruiting support specialist at Google (Nelson Staffing). Currently, Caroline is a senior associate in Campus Recruitment and Development at KPMG in Pittsburgh.
At the start of the meeting, Caroline talked about KPMG in general as a company. She mentioned how KMPG is located in 155 countries with more than 700 offices and over 173,000 professionals nationwide. KMPG is the fastest growing of the big four firms in
the U.S. with $24.44 billion in total revenues. KPMG also has the most audit wins over the last six years. This means that they have won new clients and are number one at doing so. They serve 83 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. As you go up the list of the Fortune 500, KPMG serves even more in the top 50. This ishuge for a public accounting firm.
The next section of the presentation was devoted to discussing what makes KPMG successful. Caroline discussed topics such as Knowledge and Collaboration Management, Innovation and Strategic Investments, and Global Strength. These are included in their
strategy for success. Speaking of growth, KPMG has made advances in energy, data and analytics, and asset business, to name a few.
Lastly, Caroline included 10 attributes of the ultimate candidate for public accounting positions as follows:
—Submitted by Gina LaRocca, SAA publicity chair