Tuesday, July 15, 2014

McGladrey Junior Achievement Big Bowl Event

Recently, the Minneapolis office was able to support Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest through our McGladrey JA BigBowl event. By participating in this event, we were able to raise close to $12,000 through online donations, casual day stickers, and an online auction. By supporting JA, we will help provide students in Minnesota, western Wisconsin and North Dakota with the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. JA's financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship programs provide students with real world opportunities that help them make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world. We want to thank everyone that played a role in this very successful event!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Interview with Minneapolis Office Managing Partner, Mike Nelson

Learn more about McGladrey's Minneapolis office from our interview with Office Managing Partner, Mike Nelson.

What is the makeup of the Minneapolis office?
McGladrey Plaza
Minneapolis has assurance, tax and consulting professionals; all three Lines of Business. We are a hub for consulting, serving the needs of a large portion of our Central Region. Our size gives us the ability to specialize both functionally and with respect to industry, which is valuable to our clients. For example, we have many International Tax specialists, Business Valuation Specialists and strong industry groups. Also unique to the Minneapolis office is the large amount of firm wide employees that sit here including HR, IT, Marketing, and Learning & Professional Development. We are also the only office where the building we sit in is named after McGladrey (McGladrey Plaza).

How long have you been with the firm? How did your career with McGladrey begin? 
I’ve been with McGladrey for 32 years. I came to the firm for a specialized tax opportunity and have since had a variety of opportunities in State & Local Tax and Estate & Gift Planning among others. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in McGladrey offices in Stillwater, MN and St. Paul, MN, both of which merged into the Minneapolis office several years ago.

What makes the Minneapolis office unique?
Minneapolis St. Paul MSA is pretty unique. There are many Fortune 500 companies here – we are #2 per capita for Fortune 500 company headquarters and 330 of the Fortune 500 have operations here. There is a very robust culture here – Minneapolis is above the National average in education, income, and health; we have all four major sports teams; the most theater seats per capita outside of NYC; and of course many outdoor activity opportunities. We are also in the heart of McGladrey country. We’re well recognized in this market and our office here is larger than some of the Big 4 Firms’ Minneapolis offices. We have a broad diversity of clients in many industries.  

What do you think was the best event the Minneapolis office held over the last year?
Our annual Halloween party. It’s a chance to be someone else. And it’s also fun to get a reaction out of people. We have a big Halloween party every year at the Minneapolis office which includes a costume contest. (Mike was Obi Wan Kenobi in 2013)

What are you looking forward to at McGladrey and in Minneapolis?
I’m looking forward to growing, and working hard to find great people to grow with us. Minnesota’s population grows less than 1% each year and with baby boomers retiring, we can’t find people fast enough. I’m also looking forward to our Friends of McGladrey golf outing in September. Chris DiMarco is attending and this will be a great event for clients and other “Friends.” And I’m looking forward to Halloween, of course. 

What are the biggest growth opportunities in Minneapolis?
Consulting and especially IT Consulting is basically on fire. Target’s headquarters is right across the street from us in Minneapolis, and what happened with them has a lot of people concerned. Additionally, companies are going to the cloud and looking at different IT solutions. Tax is really poised to grow too because of increases in tax rates at the federal and Minnesota state levels. These are big expenses for companies and we can help control that, which brings a lot of value to our clients. 

Why should someone join the McGladrey team?
Join the McGladrey team if you like the people and like the clients. If you want to work with middle market clients this is the best firm to be at. 

How can someone get to know McGladrey better?
Talk to any of our people to get to know us better. If you are a student, look at internships and our Pathways (externship) Program. When we are on campus, we visit with accounting clubs – join those clubs and meet us!

How does the Minneapolis office use flexibility?
We have a very flexible environment here. Many of our consultants are only in the office a couple days a month. Even when they are not at a client site, they may work from home or from their car. A recent change in our tax software has allowed our Tax team to work more flexibly too. I like to say, “I don’t care when you get your work done, just get it done.” Whether you like to get started at 6am like me or work best at 10pm at home. Email and IM make it easy to stay in touch. And using the old fashioned phone every now and then! Flexibility works great. 

What advice do you have for someone in our industry to own their career?
My advice is to seek out variety in what you do and be open to accepting different challenges. Be open to exploring new technical skills and also new business opportunities. Variety will give you a good background for any future. Every once in a while you have a take a risk. McGladrey has lots of opportunities to do something boldly different, like a secondment to Germany or Australia!

View all Minneapolis job openings here: http://jobs.mcgladrey.com/search/?q=&q2=&title=&location=minneapolis&date=

Monday, June 23, 2014

If you don't Own Your Future... Who Will?

By Ken Bansemer
National Talent Acquisition & Talent Management Leader
Denver, CO

When presenting to an audience, one of the best ways to capture attention and help others retain information is to tell stories. Using a single image that your audience can relate to, and then weave a good tale around it can help you avoid “death by PowerPoint.”  

I was fortunate to be able to speak to a group of students recently, and share through stories, some guiding principles around Owning Your Future and career success. The stated agenda for my time with the group was as follows:

· Kindergarten
· School Buses
· Sports
· Beer
· Facebook
· Risk and The Game of Life

Since nearly everyone can relate to one or more of these topics – we were off and running! While the stories were fun to share and allowed for audience engagement, they don’t translate as well in a written format. However, the principles for Owning Your Future are what I hope the group retained and will be able to apply as they begin their careers.

· Basics go a long way – remember what you learned in kindergarten. Treat others with respect. Say hello, please, thank you. Ask how their day or weekend was. Be prompt. Be responsive. Have a positive attitude. And live by your core values – don’t change who you are for the sake of your organization. When you think about sending of your child for their first day of school, what attributes do you want your child to display? Chances are you already know – you learned it years ago when you went to kindergarten. 

· Back of the bus principle – find ways to be seen and to direct your own career, rather than being driven around by others, possibly in the wrong direction. At the front of the bus you can see what’s coming and discuss where you are going. At the back of the bus, you only see what’s passed you by, and more often than not will find yourself saying “what did I miss?”

· Become the crowd favorite - Bring your unique skills, characteristics and personality to work each day – be the genuine you that makes you the right person to go to in a crunch. Like a player coming off the bench for a sports team, a bit of hustle, an inquisitive nature, a yes attitude, being open to feedback, and a willingness to pitch in when needed to help your team succeed will go a long way to becoming the crowd favorite.

· Work for the high moments – Very few people can remember what they have done on specific days of a given month or year. But they do remember key moments that produced an outstanding outcome. While navigating a long career, where energy and focus can peak and wane, you aren’t always going to like what you do. Rather than react in the moment and make snap decisions, keep your eye on the long term, because a special moment may be just around the corner. In the meantime, draw upon past experiences to carry you through until that time. Those moments become the stories you will tell others. 

· Put yourself in the game – to have a successful career, you have to rely on good preparation and a bit of luck. This means taking appropriate Risks that will put you in control of your destiny. And if you intend to win in the Game of Life, you have to play the game hard and play it well. You may have detours and setbacks, and you may not always succeed, but at least you know you tried by putting yourself in the game to begin with.

 In the end, you need to Own Your Future. If you don’t, who will?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Working abroad in the Cayman Islands

By Melissa K. Barker
Assurance Senior
Phoenix, AZ

In January 2014, an email came into my Outlook requesting the assistance of two McGladrey seniors in the RSM Cayman office for a two and a half month period over the upcoming summer. As soon as I read the email, I jumped at the opportunity. I applied and found out within a couple weeks that I had been selected for one of the positions. I could not have been more ecstatic. 

I am now 6 weeks into my secondment with RSM Cayman and I can confidently say it has exceeded all of my expectations. To start with, since I joined McGladrey about 4 years ago my background has been primarily in the healthcare industry. However, my experience with RSM Cayman thus far has been entirely within the insurance industry. The first few weeks were a bit of a struggle. It reminded me of how it felt to be a first year staff! Now that I’ve gotten the hang of things, I’ve begun to really appreciate how much learning a new industry broadens your perspective on auditing overall. 

Melissa swimming with sting rays
And while the RSM Cayman office has had no trouble keeping me busy, one of the obvious benefits of a secondment like this is to get to experience the sights and culture of a different country. Some of the highlights I’ve experienced while not in the office include swimming with stingrays, yacht excursions along both the west and east coasts of the island, holding baby sea turtles at the Cayman turtle farm, parasailing and stand up paddle boarding. I’m also an avid runner and my daily runs along the beach just outside my condo have been an incredible perk! 

The culture in Grand Cayman has also made this experience incredibly unique. While I didn’t know this prior to coming to the island, there is a huge population of expats from all around the globe. As a result, the culture in Cayman is incredibly welcoming and friendly. I have made friends from all around the world that I will undoubtedly stay in touch with when I leave. I feel especially fortunate for this aspect of my secondment. 

As for the remaining month I have on the island, I have plenty planned to fill up any free time I get. In just a week, I have a weekend trip to Honduras planned with my fellow McGladrey secondee (Kelli Hall from the Kansas City office) and one of the managers from the RSM Cayman office. We have white water rafting and zip lining on the agenda once we arrive. Another item on my to-do list is to get my diving certification, as Grand Cayman is known for its world class diving. I cannot express enough how much I have gained from this experience, both professionally and personally. I would recommend a secondment to anyone! You won’t regret it!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Atlanta office teams with Easter Seals to bring joy to children

On May 16, the McGladrey Atlanta office brought a carnival of fun to the Premier Academy, a day care operated by Easter Seals of North Georgia for underprivileged children ages five and under. The event was part of McGladrey’s Volunteer Day program. 

About 20 McGladrey employees descended upon the center to provide a day of entertainment. About 60 children between the ages of 2-5 years participated in the carnival including games, face painting, arts and crafts, story time, ring toss, bubbles, basketball and many other engaging activities for young children. Even SpongeBob Squarepants and his sidekick Patrick (played by McGladrey employees!) were on hand to entertain the kids. 

Renee said the firm donated $400 for supplies and then Easter Seals purchased the supplies and set up the stations for the carnival. The event was brought indoors due to flooding in the outdoor area, but the children enjoyed it just the same. “The kids had a great time,” Renee said. 

View the slide show prepared by the Easter Seals as a thank you to McGladrey: http://animoto.com/play/RxnnDR8bR3tLo1rGq8FvHg

Monday, April 28, 2014

McGladrey marathoners run to support worthy charities

Last week, four McGladrey employees ran the Boston Marathon with support from their colleagues and The McGladrey Boston Foundation.

Jenna Flattery and Louis McDavid
Manager Louis McDavid and Senior Associate Jenna Flattery, both from the Boston office and sponsored by The McGladrey Boston Foundation, completed the marathon with running times of 4:21:35 and 3:45:16, respectively. Louis and Jenna, together with The McGladrey Foundation raised more than $10,000 to support several non-profit charities.

Senior Associate Kyle Pochini and Associate Scott Tonkovich also ran in Monday’s historic race. Scott (running time of 5:29:11 with a hamstring injury) ran last year’s marathon but was unable to finish due to the tragic events of that day. “Last year, I ran for the South Boston Boys & Girls Club team and helped raise more than $5,000,” he says. “Because I didn’t finish last year, I ran this year as an honorary team member.”

Kyle (running time of 3:13:27) helped raise more than $7,000 for Boston Medical Center (BMC), which treated 23 victims of last year’s attack. “I chose BMC because of its mission to provide care to all comers—regardless of their ability to pay,” says Kyle.

“Participating in the 2014 Boston Marathon was a truly memorable experience,” says Jenna. “And I’m grateful for all the support that McGladrey has provided throughout the training and fundraising process.”

“What an amazing day to be a part of,” Louis says. “Many thanks to The McGladrey Foundation, fundraising volunteers and employees who supported us and these worthwhile charities. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the firm and that so many teammates were out on the course to cheer us on.”

Congrats to all participants!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The McGladrey Baltimore office: Experience the Excitement!

By Marty Brunk
Office Managing Partner - Baltimore

Visualize This: Situated in the robust Harbor East area of Baltimore with picturesque views of the waterfront. Surrounded by talented individuals striving to exceed client expectations. Working with many of the premier companies and their C-Level Executives. Serving the needs of the community with active involvement in charitable organizations and community efforts. You have just entered the McGladrey Baltimore Zone.

Conference Room in Baltimore
Our people enjoy a diverse work experience and are constantly challenged by the complexities of their engagements. Our intensive training programs, on the job learning, and interactions with other professionals provide the platform to deliver quality work. Each individual utilizes these learnings to pursue their passions whether it is a long term rewarding career in public accounting or the springboard for a successful career in industry.

Understanding that it is important to build lifetime relationships with your peers, we provide opportunities to interact through things such as golf lessons and outings, happy hours, sports activities, country club events and more. Here are a few of the great things happening at the Baltimore office right now:
  • Golf lessons with a pro. Golf is a big part of the McGladrey culture and this is an excellent way for our local team to get involved. 
  • Happy Hour- We just had a mid-season social event to celebrate the half way point in tax season. 
  • In May the Baltimore’s community outreach team will be sponsoring a used book drive to benefit Baltimore Reads. 
  • The 2nd annual Pursue your Passion program will kick off May 2014. This Baltimore program allows our staff to pursue a personal passion outside of the work place that aligns with McGladrey core values. Each year the winner is awarded $2,500 and 5 additional PTO days.
As a result of our success we continually look to build and grow our team of professionals. We are interested in developing a relationship with talented and motivated individuals. If you, or someone you know, would be a good addition to McGladrey Baltimore, please contact Sheree Ball or visit Baltimore Career Opportunities.

Enter the McGladrey Baltimore Zone, and experience the excitement for yourself.

Baltimore team volunteering.