Gary Lyon

Gary Lyon

M.S. in Accounting 2014 (Financial Reporting & Assurance Track)

Now: Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers (New York, NY)

 

Most memorable class

Professor Andrea Roberts’ “Special Topics” dove into companies’ annual reports, and really helped demystify the complicated notes to the financial statements that previously intimidated most students.

The value of Commerce Career Services

CCS was pivotal in helping me get a competitive job with the Deals practice at PwC. Before my PwC interview, I went to CCS for a mock interview that was video-recorded. The interviewer pointed out some blind spots that, once corrected, helped me to nail the actual interview!

Leveraging the M.S. in Accounting degree in the workplace

One of the key skills I developed at McIntire was memo writing, which we do a lot of at PwC’s Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services practice.

Typical day on the job

As an Associate in PwC’s Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services, I help clients navigate through SEC reporting in two areas: We walk the client through financial reporting for large transactions such as IPOs and spin-offs, and we advise clients on complex accounting questions, such as adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Both of these require technical analysis of applicable accounting guidance, a lot of memo writing, building models in Excel, and a great deal of client interaction both on- and off-site.

What makes the job great

What I enjoy most about my job is the variety. I may have three clients at one time, each a party to a multibillion dollar transaction, and each with its own unique problems that need solutions.

Advice for future M.S. in Accounting students

Use the program to practice building relationships. Build up the confidence your classmates and your professors have in you so that a few years down the road, whether you were close to someone or not, he or she will remember you as competent and ethical and be willing to help you.

Preparation for professional success and leadership in the workplace

McIntire is similar to the workplace in that it has much to offer if you take the initiative. The professors are open, but they won’t pester you. There are plenty of activities and opportunities—if you seek them out. Good things don’t just happen to people—one must seek them out. And at a place with so much to offer, McIntire does not disappoint those who seek.

Favorite Charlottesville activity

I loved to enjoy the scenery at the many local golf courses and wineries.