by Darla Vasquez - Mar 27, 2017
Rawls alumnus Jeremy Reiter joined Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP in April 2007, where he is an audit partner in the Assurance & Advisory Department. His primary focus includes financial statement audits, benefit plan audits, attestation services, project management, risk assessments, financial reporting including consolidation, and foreign exchange translation. Reiter has substantial experience in the following industry sectors: manufacturing and distribution companies, retail, franchise, and private equity.
Reiter has worked on large international consulting projects, acting as a project manager and coordinating between international offices and U.S. offices. Additionally, he helped with the reissuance of three years of audits performed by a Big Four accounting firm.
Prior to joining the firm, Reiter spent four years at Grant Thornton LLP in the Business Advisory and Assurance Department. At Grant, he was in charge of multiple small and medium private companies and a large public company. He was in charge of providing services that included financial statement audits, Sarbanes-Oxley audits, and employee benefit plan audits.
Reiter is a certified public accountant (CPA), and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, as well as Finance, from Texas Tech University. He is also an active member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Learn what advice Reiter has for accounting students in the Q&A below.
How have the skills you acquired through your accounting degree helped in your career?
I have worked in public accounting for almost 15 years, and I call upon my accounting knowledge on a daily basis. Research and collaboration with coworkers is also very important. In audit, you are always working on teams so you have to be able to not only problem solve on your own, but also work together to find the right answer. While at Texas Tech, I learned to work on teams with people who had very different backgrounds. There are a lot of numbers in public accounting, but your ability to work with people, both from a client perspective as well as internally with your coworkers, is what can take you far in public accounting.
What did you do, as both a student and entry-level employee, to position yourself for success?
Having a good attitude and willingness to work and learn will serve you well in public accounting. Being flexible is also a key to being successful. I’ve witnessed partners that are willing to roll up their sleeves and do staff level work to help the team out, as well as staff that keep a positive attitude when they are asked to hop on a plane to spend a week out with a client with little notice. Having the willingness to do what needs to be done to meet the end goal, regardless of rank or sometimes convenience, does not go unnoticed by management.
What qualities do you (and your company) look for in recent graduates applying for entry-level positions?
You meet all kinds of people in public accounting, but the qualities needed to succeed are a good work ethic, a willingness to go the extra mile to do the right thing, and a good attitude.
What is your fondest memory of the Rawls College?
My time at Texas Tech predates the Rawls College of Business and current facilities, so my fondest memory is last-minute studying in the rotunda of the old BA.
What advice would you give current students in the Rawls College who are interested in a career in accounting/finance?
Have a plan for your career. A lot of people go to college and pick a major without knowing what they are going to do with that degree. This is a significant investment of time and money, so in order to get the highest return on investment, start thinking about what the next steps after school will be. Get input from professors and seek out people in the careers and industries you are interested in.