As the firm’s partner of advocacy, equity, and engagement, I strategize on how to increase the recruiting and retention of our racially and ethnically diverse staff. I’m very proud of how we’ve increased our outreach to the next generation — and I want to see us do even more. My goal is to spark an interest in students, at the college level and even in high school, so they’re aware of the many career opportunities within professional services.
With nearly three decades at the firm, I’ve been heavily involved in a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. In fact, one of my greatest accomplishments is helping to create our TRACK program, which is aimed at diverse college students who want to experience life at a public accounting firm.
I’ve been an active member of the firm’s DEI Council, a formal and informal mentor to diverse staff, and the partner champion of our African American Staff Resource Group since its inception. Outside of the firm, I’ve helped further DEI efforts by participating on the diversity committee of the Michigan Association of CPAs (MICPA) and the National Association of Black Accountants’ (NABA) Detroit chapter.
I’ve received the National Achievement in Public Accounting award from NABA for my professional and community commitments and exemplary leadership. I’ve also been recognized as one of Leadership Oakland’s “Leader of Leaders” for my efforts mentoring and developing minority high school and college students. Other accomplishments include the Michigan Chronicle’s “Man of Excellence” award and Lawrence Tech University’s “Leaders Innovators” award. In 2019, I received the “Diversity and Inclusion” Award from the MICPA. I have a B.B.A. in accounting from Eastern Michigan University.
I enjoy spending time outside of work with my wife and two kids. Most people don’t know I’m also a collector of ‘50s and ‘60s music.