Interviewed by: Conor Mahoney, Account Manager, Market Resource Partners

YPN Member Spotlight September 2015

Peter Taylor

Risk Assurance Associate, PwC

Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to go into your field of work?

I got my undergrad degree in Accounting/Finance eSales at DeSales University in Bethlehem and enjoyed the field much that I decided to get my Master of Accounting at Rider University right after. Currently, I work as a Risk Assurance Associate at PwC in Philadelphia, and I’m working on my crushing my CPA exam in the meantime… one more exam! My inspiration and focus has always been to be a businessman. My parents are both accountants, and in middle school, I even ran a landscaping company in the neighborhood. By the time I got to college, accounting simply clicked for me.

I’m sure your job looks different from day-to-day, so what are some of the most exciting aspects of your position?

In my role at PwC, I work with all different types of clients and getting to see the back-end operations of different companies is certainly an exciting aspect of my job. Everything from software application companies to science organizations, I’m learning something new about these organizations every day.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give a young professional looking to transition into your line of work?

Absolutely focus on your personal brand. Networking is a huge tool, so be sure to leverage it. Coming from a small school, it can be challenging to get into large firms like PwC. Using your network, growing it, leveraging it appropriately and effectively is the most important thing to me aside from just getting excellent grades.

Do you have a professional mentor and if so, how did you establish that relationship?

I don’t really have one particular mentor. I like to think of myself as a beneficiary of many mentors and sponsors. In college, my tax professor and academic advisor we’re big mentors and still are. I also consider an alumnus of DeSales that helped get a foot in the door at PwC an important mentor and sponsor that has helped me get to where I am today.

What interested you most in joining the YPN and how long have you been a member?

I have been a member since January 2015 and my inspiration was being a young person in a large organization and city. I didn’t want to get lost in the mix and wanted to ensure I had a recognized name. Furthermore, being part of YPN’s professional development committee, I have the unique ability to learn from other professionals (how they act, think) and have been exposed to the variety of resources YPN has to offer.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a big sports fan. I’ve played hockey for 17 years and, needless to say, a huge Flyers fan. Oddly enough, I’m a Mets fan when it comes to baseball. Both of my parents are from New York, so I was basically born into it. Family and friends are also a huge part of my life and simply hanging out in Princeton, my hometown, is important to me as well.

YPN has a professional development bookshelf. Is there a book that you’re currently reading or have read in the past that you would recommend?

Well for starters, I definitely don’t recommend CPA books! All kidding aside, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell is a book that I think provides a lot of inspiration. It’s very humbling and puts things in perspective. I have certain quotes from the book highlighted and like to use those for inspiration.