Name: Anthony Pegues
Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: Montclair, California
While studying accounting at a community college, Army veteran Anthony Pegues ’17 realized that in order to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace he would need to further his education. Pegues knew that he wanted to transfer to a large university with brand recognition and a high-quality accounting program. After being accepted into many major universities, Pegues chose Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management because he felt the resources available to him as a student and the SU brand would help propel his accounting career.
Now a senior on the cusp of graduation, Pegues strongly believes that the Whitman School was the right decision.
“Whitman really does take care of their students,” said Pegues. “From my first year at Whitman, I had a lot of exposure to top accounting professionals, career assistance and educational opportunities I wouldn’t have had anywhere else.”
At Whitman, Pegues has honed his leadership and accounting skills through rigorous coursework and involvement in numerous on-campus organizations. He is the vice president of the Student Veterans Organization at Syracuse University and the president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), a Whitman student organization that strives to shape the future of the accounting and finance arenas by developing, encouraging and serving as a resource for minorities.
“During my intro class, a speaker from NABA came in and talked about how student organizations are a good opportunity for students to learn and grow,” said Pegues. “I knew I wanted to get involved. Through NABA and Whitman I’ve gotten to know recruiters at many accounting firms, including the BIG Four firms, and get their perspectives on the industry.”
After graduation, Pegues will join General Electric’s Financial Management Program, a full-time two-year rotational program where he will be responsible for financial planning, supply chain finance, commercial finance and more.
“Every day I wake up and challenge myself,” said Pegues. “After I get my feet wet in the industry, I eventually plan to earn my CPA.”
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