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Audra Fahey

103: Transitioning from Public to Industry in Tax – Audra Fahey, VP of Tax with NuStar Energy

Audra Fahey, the Vice President of Tax with publicly-traded NuStar Energy, was our guest for this episode of Life In Accounting, a podcast production of Where Accountants Go. It Was Meant To Be… One of the interesting points that came out early in the interview was that Audra was hired right out of school to be an auditor actually. As luck would have it though, she also was offered an internship in tax with the same firm for her last semester in college.  After she graduated, the firm had a need in the tax department and she had enjoyed it, so she ended up starting on the tax side instead.  It was a fortunate turn of events. With Accounting You Can Work Anywhere With her husband being in the military, they were transferred to San Antonio. One of the reasons she had decided to pursue accounting as a career in the first place was that you could work literally anywhere, and that decision paid off with this relocation.  Audra was very quickly hired at KPMG and stayed with them over a decade. Transitioning to Industry… As her position became more and more involved with Sarbanes Oxley work, she decided it was time to transition out into industry. She joined Valero Energy, but in the division that was spun off only a few months later into the newly-formed NuStar Energy, another NYSE-traded company.  It was the opportunity of a lifetime, as she got the chance to build the tax function from the ground-up with NuStar.  Now in her role as Vice President of Tax, she oversees all tax functions including international tax, with the exception of property and payroll taxes, and has a team of 16 highly-qualified professionals. And we haven’t even gotten to the part where she began teaching a Master’s level tax course at a local university! For more details on this successful story of a career built in tax, listen to our conversation with Audra Fahey by clicking on the player below.

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Eric Mack

102: Eric Mack – From Marine, to CPA, to Management at USAA!

Eric Mack, Deputy Senior Financial Officer at USAA, shared his insights and career journey with us on this episode of Life In Accounting, a podcast production of Where Accountants Go. Marines Eric enlisted in the service at an early age – 17 to be specific. He did two tours, for a total of seven years, and then decided it was time to move out of active duty as he was newly married at the time.  However, his service didn’t stop there.  He continued in the Reserves for the next fourteen years or so.  We discuss his transition from service in the Marines to his first commercial position with an accounting firm, and he shares some valuable insight there as well.  Specifically, it’s important to find the right organization to transition into, and also that it’s important to remember that although much of your skillset transfers well, there is always more to learn. PwC, then USAA Shortly after starting his accounting career, Eric was fortunate enough to get onboard with PriceWaterhouseCoopers – actually just right after the merger. This move launched him into the financial services and real estate industries.  After about 10 years with PwC, he decided to make the move into industry and joined USAA in their real estate company.  He now serves as a Deputy Senior Financial Officer. Key advice Some of the key pieces of advice Eric shares in this podcast are… Technical skills are important, but development of communication ability is just as important When looking to move into management, serve first, and then the promotion will come Although it’s a temporary sacrifice, becoming a CPA greatly increases your value as an accountant To listen in on this interview with Eric Mack, please click on the player below:

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