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Traveling and its Many Experiences: A Staff Auditor’s Perspective

in International Insights: Finance Overseas, The Auditor’s Perspective

When I first interviewed with Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, my future senior manager at the time asked me, “Are you interested in traveling?” Based on my research, I knew that Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman had an international clientele, so I enthusiastically responded, “Yes”. I thought that I would travel primarily within the United States and perhaps travel abroad from time to time, likely to other Westernized countries. However, I had the equation totally backwards.

My first business trip overseas with the firm was to Islamabad, Pakistan and then to Khartoum, Northern Sudan. During those trips, we audited several international non-governmental organization clients. Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman specializes in the non-governmental sector, performing various services such as Uniform Guidance audits and program-specific audit work. Our staff participates in conferences and meetings, and leads presentations to help other organizations improve their knowledge of the international NGO arena.

Personally, I feel fortunate to have joined a firm that provides such a great service while helping me gain valuable experiences by visiting many countries I never could have imagined traveling to two years ago. Now I can say I have visited or passed through more than a dozen countries. Most recently I visited and met many special people in Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Guess what, that was all only within the past six months.

To sum it up, Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman’s staff has been traveling within the United States and around the world since the firm’s inception and has built great relationships with clients in the process. More than ninety percent of our accountants have had the chance to travel abroad, some more frequently than others. So if you’re an accountant and international travel is of interest, Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman is the place to be. Of course, that’s not to discount our domestic experience. But the overseas work does stand out as a little more unusual!

Antione Cuff

Antione is an audit staff accountant with Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman.

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