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Everett Sommer

Everett Sommer

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Manager

Personal Information

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School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Consumer economics and finance

Years at College Works: 2006 to 2007

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Title: Manager

Industry: Accounting

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Buy/sell side diligence related to M&A and recapitalization. Financial modeling. Clients include private equity, BDC, large corporate, and lenders.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Getting an interesting job, which didn't happen directly after college.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP allowed me to unlock hidden confidence in myself and understand how to hold myself accountable to life's challenges.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP impacted my career in an indirect way. It taught me soft skills which is critical for networking and working in a team, as well as an understanding of the relationship between hard work and reward.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Act as if, and you will become.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Coffee if for closers.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

"Take the advice of others, but understand that you are inevitably the one that will determine your own destiny. Also, always have a back-up plan, things will never go exactly the way you imagine it. Also, you can do it!"

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Willingness to work hard. Be able to display problem solving skills. Advanced Microsoft excel and data analysis skills. Networking (soft) skills. Stand out member of audit team or other finance/accounting background.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Watching in disbelief as Tom Ackmanns painters wore birkenstocks all summer.

Last words of wisdom

Be genuine and people will like you.