Teacher, Lawyer, Writer or CPA? How About All
Many children grow up with a chosen profession in mind. Someday they will be a lawyer, teacher, writer or even a CPA. Each career is a long arduous path that takes much time, school and effort to complete. People seldom tackle more than one field. MSCPA Student Member Brian Balduzzi is accomplishing them all.
Balduzzi graduated from SUNY at Genesco in 2009 with a degree in English, Secondary Education and Theatre (with an impressive 3.9 GPA). He taught kindergarten in Medfield, MA for a year and enjoyed it, but felt the draw of law school.
He entered Boston University’s Law School and there gained a passion for accounting and particularly tax. Balduzzi said, “I was working for a non-profit who got involved with lobbying and they wanted to make sure they weren’t breaking any laws because of their tax status. I researched it for them and started to fall in love with tax code. BU had a great tax program that really opened up the tax world to me.”
Balduzzi completed his law degree, passed the bar, but was not done with the accounting world. He worked for Feeley & Driscoll, P.C. preparing tax returns for high net-worth individuals. He then decided to obtain his CPA.
“Gaining a CPA, besides the prestige of the title, will allow me to look over financial statements and give my clients confidence when it comes to knowing tax code and estate planning. The CPA and law degree complement each other well.”
He will sit for the first section of the exam in November while working full-time for the law firm Wilchins Cosentino Friend LLP. With such a full plate you wouldn’t expect him to fit much else in, but Balduzzi also oversees a staff of 25 that write and review theater in Boston for an international website, My Theatre. He often writes reviews himself.
Asked how he has time for everything he replied, “ Coffee is a very good friend of mine.”
Balduzzi, who will soon have enough credentials to last a lifetime, is still not satisfied. Next up, completing an MBA. He stated, “I think that completing an MBA will give me deeper knowledge of the business world and allow me to understand and serve my clients better.” With his drive and passion, don’t be surprised if PhD isn’t next on his list!