Rowland School of Business

CPA Firm BDO USA Hires Point Park Accounting Graduate as Tax Associate

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pictured is Brett Gwosden, accounting alumnus and tax associate for BDO Pittsburgh. | Photo by Daniel Kelly

Meet Brett Gwosden

Job title: Tax Associate
Employer: BDO USA, LLP
Degree earned: Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Graduated: Spring 2014
College activities: Point Park Men's Soccer Team and Student Accounting Association
Scholarships from Point Park: School of Business academic scholarship and Point Park athletic scholarship
Hometown: McKeesport, Pa. 
High school: Serra Catholic High School
Now living in: Downtown Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hobbies/interests: Soccer
Twitter: @bgwosden
LinkedIn: Brett Gwosden

"The course work at Point Park was very relevant and gave me the necessary skills to achieve success in the real world."

-- Brett Gwosden


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Tell us about landing your new position as a tax associate for BDO USA. 

I have really enjoyed this new opportunity at BDO. This is my second job since graduating. Point Park helped me secure an internship with Sarah C. Nickel, CPA, as a tax intern. I was glad that I was able to get back into this part of accounting.

As for BDO, I had a friend who was working here so I decided to learn more about the company. I saw an open position in Pittsburgh on their website and ended up landing the job. As a tax associate, my projects vary from working with corporations to partnerships to individuals.

What led you to Point Park to study accounting?

I had an accounting class in high school that initially led me to pursuing a degree in accounting. I decided on Point Park University because I liked the urban campus and was also looking for an opportunity to play soccer.

I chose accounting as my major because it was of most interest to me. I had great support from my family when I declared my major and really enjoyed the material in my beginning years. I stuck with it and could not be more pleased with the decision.

How did your classes help you as an accounting specialist and now as tax associate?

The course work at Point Park was very relevant and gave me the necessary skills to achieve success in the real world.

What are your favorite Point Park memories?

My favorite memories consist of the four years I spent playing for the Point Park Men's Soccer Team. The team was like a family to me and I really cherish the time I spent with those guys.

What are your career goals for the next five years?

I plan to pass the CPA exam as well as gain as much knowledge and experience in public accounting.

Photo by Daniel Kelly, freshman cinema production major

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