Featured Alumni

Jamie Allen '14 & '15

Jamie Allen '14 & '15

1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
After graduating Undergrad, I made the decision to immediately pursue Grad. After graduating Grad, I began my career in public accounting as an External Auditor for Deloitte. I’ve since chosen to stay within the public accounting realm of corporate America working for a national CPA firm in order to gain relevant experience in a wider range of accounting transactions than just audit (e.g. acquisitions, mergers, IPO transactions, bankruptcy, forensic accounting, etc).

2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
Two notable memories are my first football game in the student section and the Seidman College of Business Accounting Recruiting event where I received significant exposure to professional networking. However, there are so many more memorable experiences that I could detail which have collectively helped to shape me and solidify the type of person I want to be in the world.

3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
A piece of advice that has always stuck with me is to “climb mountains so that you can see the world, not so the world can see you. Do things genuinely from your heart for impact as opposed to applause, credit, or recognition. Those things are considered short-term and have a price, whereas impact is long-term and therefore has value.

4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand Valley experience.
Purposeful Challenging Grand

5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I want to inspire, not impress. I would like for both my accomplishments and life experiences to serve as tools in the success of another individual by encouraging them to always believe in and challenge themselves. I hope that any doors I open for myself will be a door that can be held open for another to come through. Ultimately, I want to give more than I take from the world and that is what I would like my difference to be.

March 2021

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