I first had the pleasure of meeting Audrey back in 2014 when I first started working with the firm. There’s something you need to know about Audrey. She’s a renaissance woman—part artist, part economist, part craft maker, part deal maker, part MFA, and part CPA.
She’s unflappable. A stabilizing force. An anything-can-be-done mentality. Not surprising, given that she comes from a military background. Much like myself, Audrey was an “Army Brat.” Born in Texas but quickly found herself a nomad on a global caravan to Kentucky, Massachusetts, Kansas, Virginia, and even Okinawa, Japan. This explains why her organizational discipline and get-it-done tempo dwarfs anyone in the building.
Continuing her bon vivanting, she found her way to Boston College. Defying her father’s Army pragmatism, Audrey earned a summa cum laude in Art History. She tried to humor her fleeting interest in political science. But, it simply didn’t captivate her like the study of how artists interpreted the social, cultural, economic, political, and religious advancements or upheavals of their time. She parlayed that into her first job out of college, where she became the manager of a famous and infamous photography studio with a vaulted history of Presidential portraiture and immortalizing celebrity weddings.
But, Audrey soon found that the art world didn’t pay. So, she tried her hand in a statistics class at the Tompkins Cortland Community College, where she found out she had a real knack for numbers. Then, off on another excursion. This time to California, where she parlayed that one class into an MBA at Santa Clara University, emphasizing accounting.
The South Bay must have made quite an impression on her because this is where she planted roots. If she were going to accumulate more stamps in her passport, it would be through a plentitude of family vacations.
Audrey’s first finance job out of the gate was at Coopers & Lybrand, an accounting firm. It later became the “C” in “PWC.” Most people don’t remember that there used to be the “Big 8” accounting firms that became the “Big 6” and are now known as the “Big 4”. Early on at Coopers, Audrey had two big moments by obtaining her CPA and meeting her husband, Steve. It was one of those romance novel moments—the ultra-busy filing season, throngs of junior team members crammed in a conference room in a planning meeting and, boom, their eyes met and locked. And, as she puts it, “The rest is history!” The next thing you know, there’s a house in Saratoga and three kids to fill the bedrooms—Miranda, Grace, and Eric.