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Alumni Spotlight: Ross Hinkley

Ross Hinkley

Current or most recent title and employer?
Tax Associate, BDO USA, LLP

How did SC4 help prepare you?
SC4 gave me the first opportunity to learn at a high level. All of my professors, coaches, and other support staff at SC4 were constantly teaching at a high level as well as expecting me to perform at a high level. I was able to be at a school that truly cared about me and was involved in each and every decision I made, both on/off the basketball court. SC4 was the first institution to help me look at my future and help truly map out my education/professional life, which I was able to carry into my future educational experience and now professional life.

What do you like most about what you do professionally?
I work at a very large accounting firm, which can be up and down in terms of working a 9-5, with working 50+ hours a week during tax season. But, two pieces stick out to me the most on what I enjoy most about my current job/career. First off, I have been able to work with lots of non-profit businesses that use BDO for their tax services and this has been very fulfilling. I have been able to help people and organizations that aren’t “business-minded” to focus on what their core purpose is, no matter the organization. Also, meeting and engaging with different people, of all professional levels and different walks of life has been an amazing experience. I would equate doing this has been similar to my walk at SC4 and my basketball career as well, being able to meet different people from different backgrounds, all while having a similar passion and enjoyment, has taught me plenty about the people with whom I have the pleasure to work.

Did you transfer on and earn other degrees? If so, what degrees and from where?
Yes I did. I transferred to Western Michigan University and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.