February 8, 2016, by Anthony Casaus, Assist. Dean-Development, via email
The College of Business Ambassadors had the pleasure of hearing from two College of Business accounting alums on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, who spoke of their experiences in the accounting field.
Cyndi Maestas-Henry is a Certified Public Accountant and COB alumna (‘88) and has over twenty years of experience that began with national accounting firm, KPMG in El Paso, Texas. Henry has worked extensively with closely held, family owned businesses. She is a CPA/Shareholder with Lauterbach Borschow & Company in El Paso, and has been with the local firm for nearly nine years.
Adrian Brito is a Certified Public Accountant and COB alumnus (‘04) with over twelve years of experience. Brito has worked for a variety of large companies such as KMPG and Sandia National Laboratories in locations such as Dallas, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brito has been with the Lauterbach & Borschow accounting firm ten years and became a Tax Partner in 2013. His clients range from large to small businesses in a wide variety of industries, and he has extensive experience with the rental real estate industry, partnership and corporate taxation.
The Lauterbach & Borschow accounting firm in El Paso has been providing accounting services to clients in the El Paso-Juarez and Las Cruces areas for over fifty years.
Henry and Brito spoke about the firm being a member of the RSM US LLP Alliance, an association with the fifth largest accounting and consulting firm in the United States. Their connection with the alliance provides them with access to the resources and expertise of a national and international firm.
Brito gave the ambassadors the encouraging news of a changing workforce providing opportunities. The baby boomer generation, which comprises a large percentage of the workforce, is currently retiring and creating an employee job market. Brito added that Generation X isn’t filling the gap; therefore, Millennials will play a significant role in filling available jobs. This also means Millennials will move much faster into management positions. This trend started in 2015 and will continue in the next two years.
Henry and Brito touched on the type of employees their accounting firm is seeking — people who are motivated, honest, and have good communication skills. In addition, they want employees who are goal oriented, reliable, team players, and who are analytical; i.e., they can analyze changes and implement new technologies in the work place.