Charlie Mociak, a 1977
accounting graduate, originally from Clifton Heights near Philadelphia, spoke
to Veronica Paz’s auditing and forensic auditing classes on November 7, 2018, as a part of the Eberly College of Business and Information
Technology’s Executive in Residence series.
Charlie made the trip to
IUP for the first time since graduation and was amazed at the changes on the
campus. In addition to speaking to students, Charlie had lunch with a group of
accounting majors, and had a tour of both the IUP campus and the Eberly
facility. Mociak recalled the Oak Grove as one of the most memorable part of
the campus and was happy to see it still appeared mostly the same.
While at IUP, Charlie
worked several part-time jobs, including at a Christmas tree farm and at the Hills
Department Store. Both of these positions taught him the value of hard work.
After IUP, Charlie took
a teaching job at Bedford High School in Pennsylvania, where he taught business courses.
He taught for one semester and decided it was not for him. Charlie then
moved to New Jersey and worked for a consulting firm for a couple years as
He then decided to move
to Denver in 1979 due to a booming economy in Colorado at that time. Within a
week he was hired by Gulf Oil at an entry-level accounting position. Seven
years after he joined Gulf Oil, Chevron acquired Gulf. Shortly afterward he was
transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was an accountant and then
was made an accounting supervisor. After a few years on the job he joined
Chevron’s Internal Audit Department, where he spent the remainder of his career
with Chevron in auditing and eventually joining the ranks of management.
Charlie encouraged the
accounting students to think big and outside the box, and to pursue a career
that is engaging and interesting to them. Auditing was not Charlie’s first
choice, but, for him, it became clear that it was his best choice. Mociak
encouraged the students to be flexible, hone their writing and communication
skills, be credible, have the ability to work independently, and to never
stop learning on the job. He added that language skills would serve them well.
While working in the
Audit Department for Chevron, Charlie traveled extensively for 18 years throughout
the world, including a two-year assignment in Lagos, Nigeria. He spent 22 years
in the San Francisco Bay Area before retiring in 2007 and moving back to
a senior, enjoyed participating in the luncheon program with Charlie Mociak, saying, “It
was awesome to have a chance to meet with Mr. Mociak. He affirmed that there
are so many opportunities for accounting students beyond just public accounting,
and stressed the importance of a strong work ethic and the importance of taking
advantage of new opportunities. I really appreciate the Eberly College bringing
in our alumni so that they can share their experiences since leaving IUP.”
Mociak now spends his time
managing his investments and investments for several clients and family
members. He has also done lots of volunteering for several nonprofit entities,
where he has held positions on the boards for these entities as acting
treasurer. During the summertime you will most likely find Charlie on any
Colorado river, since he is a fly fishing enthusiast.