Wes Host ’14

Wes Host

Wes Host ’14

What was your major/minor and what year did you graduate?

Business Administration, concentration in Accounting, class of 2014.

Tell us about your current position. Can you describe a typical day?

I am an audit assistant at Deloitte and Touche. Typical day includes applying procedures to financial information prepared by the client which ultimately becomes evidence supporting our opinion on the financial statements. Also being the low man on the totem pole, picking up lunch for the team is a given.

How do you think your major/program prepared you for the job you have now?

It prepared me well. I definitely enjoyed the small class environment, being able to access my professors in or out of office hours was really beneficial.

How did you become interested in your field?

Professors always told me accounting is the language of business and that really stuck with me through the years and even now!

What’s the best career advice you have ever received?

90% of life is showing up.

Was there a professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you or helped you when you were at UMW?

Rob Strassheim certainly made a huge impression. His ability to be a CFO, a father, and a professor definitely put things in perspective for me.

What’s your fondest memory of UMW?

I always enjoyed just being on campus and seeing people I knew. Also (shameless plug) Wednesday night trivia at the Sunken Well Tavern.

Why do you stay involved with the College of Business?

I stay in touch though the newsletter and try to check in with my professors from time to time. Moving forward I definitely want to get more involved from a recruiting perspective though events like meet the firms.

Are there any special accomplishments you’ve achieved after college that you would like to share?

I passed the CPA exam in February and will be officially licensed in Virginia come September.

How would your family or friends describe you in seven words or less?

Enthusiastic, hands-on, analytical, detail-oriented.

What’s the single most important advice you’d like to give to current business students?

They’re probably sick of hearing this from Dean Richardson but network, and more so, network with purpose, engage with people you meet, start building those relationships

Would you like to add anything else that we missed?

Nope you guys pretty much covered everything!