GTE Guest Speaker: Brett Fulesday

On February 22nd, GTE hosted Brett Fulesday for pizza and a conversation about his experiences in his professional life. Brett, a Pittsburgh native, attended Boston University graduating with a degree in accounting in 2003. After graduating, Brett became a consultant at Gleason & Associates where he focused on valuation and enjoyed the steep learning curve the position brought. After working at Gleason for over four years he was approached by a recruiter who had an opening that afforded his more work in valuation which he enjoyed. The position at KPMG allowed Brett to stay in Pittsburgh and not have to travel to different locations due to the financial recession in 2008. At KPMG he worked on valuing new companies in Boston, New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, and more. He became the only manager at KPMG in Pittsburgh and had no regional team. At this point, he was given the options to either move to a different location, or leave the company. After leaving KPMG, Brett became a manager at Grossman Yanak & Ford doing work that became repetitive and unenjoyable to him. After two years Brett decided to look elsewhere and found a job with Deloitte. However, after a lunch meeting, he knew it wasn’t for him and had to ask for his old position back after it had been filled. Being put into an awkward position he found a different job with HBK that he had to travel three times a week to Ohio. Quickly becoming annoyed with commuting he left with no job lined up.

Deciding he wanted to learn more he attended an event for Pittsburgh product developers and ran into his former partner at Grossman Yanak & Ford who asked him how he had been. Choosing to be honest with his former boss, he told her he was unemployed after being in a job he did not enjoy. Being sympathetic, she offered to get Brett in contact with H2R where he currently is today. At his current position, Brett splits his time between tax, valuation of companies, and valuing litigation.

We would like to thank Brett for coming in to talk to us about his career and the many positions he has held in the accounting and valuation sectors.

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