Mark’s career journey
My first milestone, was to be hired by KPMG, for an internship. I met some great professionals back then...which interested me to pursue a career in Tax. I got to work with a various number of people in different practices. I did some tax compliance work, a cross border merger and got to work with the international tax group. So I got to do a little bit of everything during a short, two and a half month period in that summer.
Joined KPMG as Full-Time Practitioner
I joined KPMG in a full-time position.
Promoted to Manager
When I first joined the firm, I was just straight out of college, almost knowing nothing. About three years later, I was asked to become manager, managing various projects for KPMG. I did want the position and to be able to advise clients at a different level. I feel I was given a lot of great training to get prepared for that. And I was pleasantly surprised, once I got there, how much I knew.
I personally wanted to do more cross-border transactions. I decided to transfer from the practice I started with, which is Federal Tax, to a specialty tax group called International Corporate Tax. By talking to performance managers, and talking to various professionals in the firm, KPMG made it happen for me. I now manage multi-national company engagements…doing the things I wanted to do, and developing a completely different skill set.
We have about four global conferences, tax conferences, held by KPMG. Usually, we have one in the U.S., one in Latin America, one in Europe and one in Asia. This year, I traveled to Beijing for our Asian tax conference.