Lee’s School Of Business Hosts “Meet The Firms”

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - by Charity Parris, Lee University

Lee University’s School of Business hosted the 12th annual “Meet the Firms,” an event that provides business students and representatives an opportunity to meet in a professional business setting. 

The mission of “Meet the Firms” is the facilitation of junior and senior Lee business students, primarily accounting majors, for networking purposes with the most viable potential employers. 

These employment opportunities include both public accounting and industry in areas such as Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Cleveland. 

“We were very pleased with the professionalism of our students and how diligently they prepared,” said Dr. Phil Rickard, associate professor of accounting at Lee and coordinator of the event. “Our guests expressed favorable commentary related to the impressions made by these prospective employees and the volunteer students assisting with the event activities.” 

The event welcomed 32 representatives from a variety of firms to meet with students, including 10 Lee alumni. Students engaged in detailed discussions related to internship and full-time employment opportunities in staff accounting, auditing, tax, financial advisory, and information technology positions. 

Two Lee accounting majors, Brandon Estes and Ashley McCollum, spoke of their internship experiences and expressed gratitude for such opportunities. Estes interned with the Nashville office of Elliott Davis Decosimo, and McCollum interned in the Atlanta office of Capin Crouse. She will work in its Dallas office upon graduation. 

“It was exciting to note the nature of the enriching conversation between the participating parties as the event reached its conclusion,” said Dr. Rickard. 

The event also included the introduction of a new full-time faculty member at Lee, Beth Seymour, senior lecturer in accounting. 

For more information about Lee’s accounting program, contact the School of Business at 614-8160. 


Lee student Emily Holden, left, speaks with Lee alumnus Kyle Briner from the firm Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough
Lee student Emily Holden, left, speaks with Lee alumnus Kyle Briner from the firm Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough

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