Wolf and Co., P.C.
Senior Manager – Internal Audit Services
No. of years at current Company:
What IIA Certifications do you hold:
(CIA, CCSA, CFSA, CGAP, etc.)
How long have you been a member of the IIA?
About 18 years
1. What made you choose Internal Audit as a career path?
I remember working at Multibank Financial Corp. (R.I.P.) in 1992 at the height of that decades housing/banking crisis. The Bank was stable and was looking for current employees to consider being internal auditors to assess its 6 member bank operations. The job description said it all – paraphrased “not the same thing every day in the same place”. They had my interest and, many years and iterations later, it still holds my interest.
2. What is the most rewarding experience of being an Internal Auditor?
Getting asked for my opinion – as you build trust you find that your clients, whether other members of your organization, or external clients, will look to you for thoughts, suggestions and insights.
3. What has been one of the biggest challenges you have faced as an internal auditor and how did you overcome it?
Applying what you know to different industries. As a semi-career public sector internal auditor, I have had to work in a variety of industries. Overcoming that is a combination of old-fashioned elbow grease (read, read, read) and surrounding yourself with folks that complement your weaker areas.
4. Is there someone that has motivated you in your career to help achieve your goals? And how?
I had a boss at one of my jobs who had the right mix of “get it done”, you still need to “have a life” and who would tell you things the way they were in such a no-nonsense manner that you’d still look forward to a beer on Friday with him. He passed away in 2007 way, way too soon.
5. What is one characteristic you believe every Internal Auditor should possess?
Healthy skepticism. Smile but check those sources.
6. What's your best travel tip to new Internal Auditors?
That depends – International travel…find a Starbucks for lunch if you are not adventurous! Domestically, you always forget something….a toothbrush is easy, a power cord….ugh.
7. What was your favorite IIA event / seminar that you attended? Any Why?
Of course we do so many excellent events here in the Chapter. The CAE Roundtable event is always a good draw and full of insights!
Also, way back in 2006 I remember attending the Financial Services Conference at the Park Plaza. Enron and SOX were still the big stories and the tracks were very timely and well instructed.
8. What are you most looking forward to in regards to the 2012 International Conference that is being held in Boston, MA?
Hearing stories of folks from around the globe and being able to show off our venue, city and all the efforts the whole conference team and volunteers have made!
9. As a Greater Boston Chapter IIA volunteer, what have been some of your favorite memories?
Seeing the passion volunteers have for doing things well. It is hard to find time for too many things outside of work and family and when you do, giving it 100% is a true demonstration of character.
10. What are two interesting non – audit or career related facts about you?
1 - I enjoy working on my King Midget. If you Google it, the image that comes up of the red one…that’s mine.
2 – This one is just funny. As a child visiting Ireland, I was chased incessantly by an angry goose around my family farmhouse until I got enough separation to jump in the door!