December 2019 Sponsor Spotlight - James Geary, PwC

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Title: Partner
 
Company: PwC
 
Length of time your company has been a FEI sponsor: 3 months
 
Work email: James.W.Geary@pwc.com
 
Work phone number: (973) 462-7272
 
Tell us a little bit about your career, educational/professional background and how you got to where you are today.
 
I joined PwC after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in accounting and have been with the firm for 27 years. During my career, I’ve focused primarily on the consumer goods and retail sector, as well as industrial products. I have also been the lead partner on a number of global SEC clients. In my role as partner, I spend my time focused on finance transformation, supply chain, trade spend, customer experience and capital raising, as well as a number of other topical areas.
 
What do you love most about working in the finance profession?
 
I enjoy helping my clients solve problems. It is very rewarding to help them navigate unfamiliar territory and contribute to their success.
 
Do you think it takes a certain kind of personality to thrive in your field? What traits are most important?
 
The most important characteristic for success is putting your client first. Are you comfortable that you are you doing enough? Considering all angles? Bringing the right resources to the problem?
 
What is your best networking tip?
 
Focus on learning from the person you’re speaking with, whether it be about them, their company or their industry.
 
What are some of your personal hobbies outside of work?
 
I enjoy golfing, working out and collecting (and tasting) red wine.