Why did you join UBAA?

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I joined UBAA because I wanted to get involved with the School of Management and Accounting Department, build my network with faculty and professionals, and work on my soft skills as I made the transition from a student to a professional starting my career.

Brian Herrmann, CPA, CGMA

2007-2008 VP of Finance

Treasurer at Elior North America

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your time as a member?

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My membership set my entire career into motion. 

I learned to make relationships that last, as the connections I made through my position on the E-Board secured my Big 4 internship when I was told it wasn't possible because of my GPA. My active involvement in UBAA allowed me to get to know partners and gave me the opportunity to stand out for my personality and skills, separate from my resume and grades.

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Anthony DeSimone,

CPA, CMA

1990-1991 VP of Technicals

Executive Director of Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at UB

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The most important thing I learned is how important it is to build your network of people, not only in your field of expertise but across all industries as you never know when you will need something and/or advice on a topic.

Brian Herrmann, CPA, CGMA

2007-2008 VP of Finance

Treasurer at Elior North America

What advice would you give to current or future members?

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1. Be active, get involved, and don’t just do it for the resume. Your interviewers will want to know what you did, so put yourself out there and have some stories to share because that can make all the difference. 
2. Be abundance minded, not scarcity minded. It’s a small world, help people and they’ll help you back. 

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Anthony DeSimone,

CPA, CMA

1990-1991 VP of Technicals

Executive Director of Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at UB

What is an abundance mindset?

An abundance mindset is founded on the concept that there is enough opportunity and success to go around and that all one has to do is seek it out.

People who view the world through the lens of an abundance mindset will often see others as potential collaborators, rather than competitors who want to take what they have. An abundance mindset is based on gratitude, a deep-seated belief that the world is full of possibility and opportunities, and that helping others achieve their goals will in turn help you achieve your own.

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My advice would be to try and get some parts of the CPA exam out of the way before starting work. I was able to take one the summer before grad school, one during winter break, and then two the summer before starting. I saw how much of a struggle it could be balancing work and studying with my coworkers, so starting it ASAP is the way to go. 

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Alyssa Schifferle, CPA

2013-2014 VP of Membership

Divisional Financial Specialist at Moog Space and Defense Group

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