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Alanna Abreu: My Path from Audit to Consultancy

Alanna Abreu: My Path from Audit to Consultancy

“I was an audit manager for 15 years at a regional firm in central New York, doing audits, reviews, and compilations. I really do love accounting and the diverse things you can do, and helping people understand those numbers,” Alanna Abreu told AccountingWEB at the recent SuiteWorld conference.

“As an auditor I was the gap for people between the numbers and I used to do consulting on top of that.”

The consulting side of her work grew naturally out of audit, she continued. From the lists of issues handed to audit clients in letters to the management, Abreu would pick out areas such as bank reconciliations, cost analysis or capacity restrictions that needed attention and go home to research them. She would then show the client how to improve those aspects of the business.  

“I love it when clients pay me now to find out to do things better,” she said.

Having worked on both sides of the fence, while observing all the relevant independence requirements, Abreu struggled to maintain the long hours involved.  So when the opportunity came up last year to work for UHY in Melville, Long Island remotely from her base in upstate New York, she jumped full-time into advisory.

 

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