Accounting Successes

Alumni Superstar

Alison T. Spivey BBA '93, Ernst & Young LLPAlison Spivey is a partner in Ernst & Young LLP's Professional Practice Group. She is responsible for leading a team responsible for consulting with engagement teams on technical accounting and reporting matters, monitoring activities of standard-setting bodies, drafting firm materials related to new and existing accounting pronouncements and leading professional education courses, primarily in revenue recognition and earnings per share. Currently, she is a member of the IASB/ FASB Joint Transition Resource Group for Revenue Recognition.

Prior to joining EY, Alison spent over four years in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As an Associate Chief Accounting, her responsibilities included working with public registrants on accounting and reporting matters, acting as a liaison with professional accounting standard-setting bodies, and participating in the development of the Commission staff's guidance and rule proposals under Federal Securities laws. Alison consulted with registrants on technical accounting matters and was a co-author of Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 107, Share-Based Payment.

Student Successes
Karen Hamm, MAcc '17

I definitely would not consider myself to be a conventional accountant. Instead, my background stems from astronomy and physics. As an undergraduate and post-graduate student, I conducted research through the University of Virginia's Department of Astronomy, working towards further mapping the evolution of our galaxy by collecting, reducing, and analyzing astronomical data. Even though I was not intent on pursuing a higher degree in astronomy, the experiences I gained from my undergraduate classes and research helped me realize my particular skills and interests. Karen Hamm , MAcc '18I was drawn towards working with data, writing and reading code, and utilizing statistical analysis software.

After taking an interest in accounting and enrolling in the MAcc program, I realized my interests could be applied beyond the natural sciences. As a MAcc student, I found there are numerous opportunities for accounting students that are also interested in technology and data analytics. Rather than pursue a traditional audit or taxation path, I found a way to utilize my skills and experiences through a Technology Risk Consultant position with Deloitte. As part of Deloitte's Advisory practice, I have the opportunity to work directly alongside clients to assess and manage technology risk, externally inspect accounting systems and controls for improvement opportunities, and assist clients with enterprise and compliance activities.

Joshua Buie, MAcc '17

My full name is Joshua Bradley Buie. I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and I have an older brother named Jonathan Buie. During my life, I have experienced living in two countries, the United States of America and United Kingdom. As an undergraduate, I was also a collegiate basketball player, winning a national championship in my 2012-2013 sophomore campaign. Joshua Buie, MAcc '17Throughout my senior year of college I interned for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Honor Intern. In the position I received top secret security clearance in order to perform duties, maintained a 40 hour workload throughout the summer; 15 hour workload while in school, checked financial statements by examining excel spreadsheets during white collar crime cases, assisted a team to solve cases using google mapping software, and participated in meetings with the federal prosecutors and other governmental agencies in order to solve cases or prosecute them. After graduating Cum Laude from Lincoln University of Missouri in May of 2015 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting, I pursued a professional overseas basketball career. Summer of 2016 I earned an auditing internship with KPMG, and accepted a full-time auditor position for the fall of 2017.