Undergraduate in Business Administration in 2014, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2015
2. What is your current position (title, company, location)? Can you describe a typical day?
- Title: Financial Controller
- Company: Steel Point Solutions, LLC
- HQ Location: Calverton, MD
- Worksite: 100% Remote
- Typical Day:
- Steel Point solutions is a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) that specializes in the development of information technology and business solutions for clients in the Government and Commercial Sector
- As the Financial Controller, I am responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all accounting related operations within our company. I am responsible for the accumulation and consolidation of the data to produce accurate financials for leadership. I work with both internal and external auditors to ensure compliance with GAAP, DCAA, CMMI, and ISO related standards. I also help develop and manage the budget process within our accounting system.
- My job is very cyclical in nature. Money is either coming in or out of the organization. It is my job to ensure that those transactions are being recorded correctly in our accounting system to be able to produce accurate financials.
3. How did your major prepare you for your current job?
As a Controller, I very often interact with the HR, IT, Legal/Contracts, and Accounting/Finance Department. By having a Business Admin/MBA degree, it has given me the knowledge and tools needed to be able to communicate with these different departments. You must be able to adapt and learn new things constantly as technology is literally changing everything. I started my career over 7 years ago. Within those 7 years, I have seen how ERP Systems have developed and simplify our business processes.
4. How did you become interested in your field?
My dad encouraged me to become an accountant, and I found that I liked it a lot. It is also a very stable and lucrative career choice.
5. What’s the best career advice you ever received?
“Remember that a job, even a great job or a fantastic career, doesn’t give your life meaning, at least not by itself. Life is about what you learn, who you are or can become, who you love and are loved by.”
6. Was there a professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you or helped you when you were at UMW?
Professor Christopher Garcia both made an impression and helped me when I was at UMW. He was one of the three people who I asked to write a letter of recommendation for the MBA program. We keep in touch via Social Media.
7. What’s your fondest memory of UMW?
When I met my roommate Jon Ingargiola the first night in Bushnell late August of 2011. We have been in each other’s lives since then and still find ways to get in trouble.
8. Are there any special accomplishments you’ve achieved after college that you’d like to share?
- Adopted two black cats, Edgar and Poe
- In the process of looking for a Black German Shepherd “Allan” puppy by the end of this summer
- Completed a mock half marathon in March and November of 2020
- Was very close in completing a century ride down the WO&D trail in 2020
9. How would your family or friends describe you in seven words or less?
Spends too much time on excel
10. In one sentence, what advice would you give current business students?
Turn your focus to your skills, the value you provide your employer, and always doing a great job while paying attention to detail.