FMU Accounting Club meeting
On Monday evening 1/27 at FMU a dinner event titled “Real World Business” inspired over 55 folks gathered together to learn and grow. A panel of six local business professionals, five recruited by club members and one by the advisor, shared with FMU students and others their ideas about succeeding in the workplace. Included in the panel were: Liz Hinton ’95, Sr. Director-Finance, ADP; Alison Benson ’00, CPA, Shareholder, Burch, Oxner, Seale; Avia Steel, Financial Planning Analyst, Otis Elevator; Samantha George-Mack ’10, Director of Finance, PDRTA; James Murdoc k’08, Credit Collections Analyst, Sonoco’ Alison Swaggard, CPA, Supervisor, Webster Rogers CPAs. The evening and dinner were sponsored by Webster Rogers, with special thanks to Danielle Cannon ’09, current president of the local chapter of SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) for her efforts and presence in making dinner possible. Given the experience of the panelists, amazing questions were asked and answered ranging from: Should I really get an internship (Yes-over 50% of college graduates nationally get their full-time placements from their internships) to what can I best do to prepare myself for success in future roles (get involved in leadership opportunities/experiences, learn effective time management, develop skills using technologies – especially Excel and Tableau). Everyone parted with enhanced knowledge and insights into succeeding in their career of their choice. Most left with some swag and/or food with raffle winners especially appreciative of the prizes won.
Thanks go out to the participants, faculty, students and guests! Executive board members/advisor presentations included: CEO Collin Gardner moderating the panel; C00 James Meggs sharing the upcoming Presidents Bowl opportunity – successfully recruiting three teams of participants, Dr. Scott Dell discussing the PeeDee Idea Challenge, upcoming conferences, homecoming parade participation, and the Banking Careers 101 free seminar in Columbia; CCO Tony Mozeak promoting the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) chapter and was recognized for officially bringing the new student chapter to FMU; CMO Taylor Hayes conducting the raffle, with prizes donated by the panelist’s companies (and swag distribution) that left many people smiling! Majors of students represented included Biology, Math, and Psychology as well as Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Management, and more. Everyone benefitted!
Join these young professionals at future meetings of the Accounting Club tentatively scheduled to begin at 5:15 on: 2/24-Career Night & Conferences, 3/30-Certification Night and 4/16-Alumni & Guests Night. For further information please feel free to contact CEO Collin Gardner (https://www.linkedin.com/in/collingardner/) or Advisor Scott Dell (https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottdell/).