Nathan Andrews (MAC ’93) who co-founded Deloitte’s tax management consulting unit, runs into old classmates years later. Their common experience allows him to quickly establish rapport.
“I walked into a company a year and a half ago, and there was a classmate,” he recalls. “You know what we talked about? We talked about the MAC Program.”
And that’s not just for client-facing jobs at accounting firms.
“The most challenging part of any professional relationship is making a personal connection — what can bind you together and provide a common interest,” says Anne Lloyd (BSBA/Accounting ’83), chief financial officer at Martin Marietta Materials, a publicly traded company. “Often times, the UNC connection is just that — a tie that binds together common interests, whether it be a quick connection when alumni are in town for sporting events or a quick call after a big win.”
The UNC bond extends beyond the accounting program, beyond the business school and across the country.
Mann found himself in his California gym for a workout, wearing a Carolina T-shirt and carrying a Carolina gym bag. “I got approached by someone who had gone to UNC for law school and we struck up a conversation,” Mann says.
Mann also taps his Carolina contacts at other EY offices and when he’s advising interns or interviewing prospective employees. On the West Coast, the Carolina connection carries extra power because it’s not quite as common as it is on the East Coast.
“When you do see someone wearing UNC gear or having UNC ties, people are quick to approach,” Mann says. “They come from the same community, Carolina, where everyone’s very familiar.”
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