Amanda Kerney knows what it means to be a professional. She began working part-time when she was 16, handling data entry for an air conditioning firm. Soon she was tackling (then-cutting-edge) digital technology for record keeping purposes. Seven years later, she still works there.
She is no longer the teenager who operates the scanner, however. She has rotated through departments and works in project administration, accounting, dispatching, and payroll, among other areas. She has worked with the executive team to create dashboards and metrics. She has also been asked to “dissect” financial information and present it in ways that can be easily understood by mid-level managers.
This job gave her a chance to network with auditors from the accounting firm McGladrey. She has accepted a full-time position with McGladrey and will be starting in its assurance practice in the fall upon graduation.
While working, Kerney has maintained a 3.66 grade point average in USF’s rigorous accounting program, doing so while serving as president of Beta Alpha Psi. She led the honor society to its 37th “Superior” ranking from Beta Alpha Psi International and its third KPMG Gold designation. She has also competed in numerous “best practices” competitions at the organization’s regional and national conferences, including one where she discussed a couponing program she launched using “extreme couponing” to purchase products to be donated to local charities throughout Tampa Bay.