“Over the years, my appreciation for Isenberg and its accounting program has only continued to grow,” observes Todd Bari ’94, Isenberg’s 2015 Accounting Alumni Award recipient, its alumnus of the year honor. Todd will be the principal honoree and keynote speaker at the accounting program’s Annual Awards Banquet on April 16th. “The program’s professional rigor, its strong ties to the profession, the wonderful faculty and the work ethic of its students all set me up for career success,” notes the Isenberg grad, who has been an assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Boston office since 2007.
In his leadership role with PwC’s Financial Services Assurance practice, Todd manages relationships and engagements with global financial services organizations across the industry spectrum. His clients have included State Street Global Advisors, Fidelity Investments, Pyramis Global Advisors, Bank of America, Computershare, Old Mutual, and Invesco. In addition to his client-facing roles, Todd spends time supporting PwC’s People Agenda, where he focuses on maximizing the experience of the professionals in his group, as well as recruiting new talent . He is a passionate advocate and mentor in the career development of PwC personnel. And he is his firm’s relationship partner focusing on UMass, overseeing PwC’s recruiting on campus. That is an enviable responsibility, he says, considering the strong track record of UMass accounting graduates in the marketplace.
“As a senior, I was recruited by Isenberg accounting graduate and PwC partner Bobby [Barbara] Kipp ’81,” Todd recalls. “Today, the recruiting process has changed, beginning for students as sophomores and juniors with the proliferation of internships and externships. One thing that has not changed is the profession’s demand for top talent and the opportunities that a public accounting career can provide.” Throughout his career, he continues, “the firm has offered me one learning experience after another. The lessons from those experiences have been illuminating and additive.” Todd is licensed as a CPA in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Texas. He is a member of both the American and Massachusetts Institute(s) of Certified Public Accountants.
As he looks ahead at the trends that will drive the future of business and the broader economy, Todd sees the impact of globalization and rapidly changing demographics and technologies. At PwC, we are focused on “growing our own sustainable talent—of encouraging and making the most of our employees and their diversity of ideas and skills,” he says. “They have fantastic learning opportunities in today’s dynamic business environment, and we have much to learn from them.”