Describe your path since graduating from Portsmouth Abbey School.
After graduating from Portsmouth Abbey School in 2005, I attended Loyola University in Chicago and studied accounting. While there, I was a walk-on for their division 1 basketball team. After my time at Loyola, I went on to complete my Masters in Taxation at Bentley University and secured a job at the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. I spent the next four years gaining vast experience in finance and auditing roles at companies like Ernst & Young, Starwood Capital Group, and Becton Dickinson.
Today, I currently run my own CPA/Accounting firm in Newark, NJ called Coombs CPA, PC (www.cpacoombs.com). My firm does taxes for individuals, businesses, financial audits, government audits, bookkeeping, payroll, CFO outsource and fund administration. I am happy to announce that I was recently highlighted in the NACVA 40 under 40 (http://annualconsultantsconference.com/40Under402019/index.php).
How did your experience at Portsmouth Abbey School help you become the person and professional you are today?
Portsmouth Abbey School did an excellent job preparing me for the world we live in today. The School's rigorous academics provided the tools I needed to succeed in this world. Additionally, Portsmouth Abbey's emphasis towards ethics and community has allowed me to always be conscious about giving back both to the School and to other causes that I care deeply about.
What is the best advice you could give to a current student?
Work hard, pray, give back, and appreciate life