Office location: Harrisburg
Graduate of: Alvernia University
In your free time what do you like to do? In my free time, I am an avid golfer. I play in a golf league on weekends and also enjoy the amateur golf tournaments throughout the year. I also enjoy nature, hiking, and trails.
Justin began his public accounting career in 2014 with Maher Duessel. He now serves as a Supervisor on several governmental and non-profit engagements.
- What is your typical day like at Maher Duessel?
Maher Duessel emphasizes work life balance. Flexibility is very important in our day-to-day routine, especially since the pandemic. We are granted the opportunity to not only work from home, but also go to the office if needed. We are starting to experience more on site fieldwork with our clients, which is one of my favorite parts of the job, the client interaction piece. In addition, a career in auditing involves continuous learning. I learn something new everyday.
- As a Supervisor at the firm, describe how you mentor new Staff?
I currently have several mentees and we have monthly teams calls to discuss their goals and needs. When working with them on audit engagements, I try to walk them through the entire process and help the staff see the connections between the planning documentation, workpapers, and the final product: the audited financial statements. I am always available to answer their questions and provide constructive feedback to help our staff grow in their professional careers.
- What made you decide to continue your public accounting career with Maher Duessel into the Supervisor level?
Definitely my clients, my coworkers, and the work we do. I love working with non-profits and governments. Given the unique nature of their challenges, it’s a rewarding feeling being able to see them succeed along the way. Building relationships is a critical part to the profession. And even though our firm’s focus is the public sector, I work with a wide variety of clients, which allows the job to be enjoyable.
- Golf is a significant part of your life as you compete in various amateur level competitions. How do you balance that with the demands of your job?
I will be honest, I do not get to practice as much as I used to. I learned to balance athletics with academia in college and the importance of time/task management. There are two things that golf compares to a professional career as an auditor. 1.) Patience – patience is very important to life in general. In a golf tournament – the event is not won in the first 5 holes. It is a marathon and not a sprint. The same goes for your career. Having patience and willingness to learn, accept failure when that inevitably happens, and being able to learn from that is important. 2.) Competition – I am competitive as the day is long. I always enjoy competing and being able to finish at the top whether it be golf or in my professional career. I challenge myself to succeed and develop expectations for myself in both aspects.