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Tom York

Tom York

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Tom's work combines: Business, Numbers, and Accomplishing Goals

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Day In The Life

Chief Financial Officer

I did financing for large real estate projects.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Accounting and Finance

    Wayne State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Treasurers & Controllers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting and Finance

Graduate Degree: Business Administration and Management, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I recognized the need for a college education to advance in my chosen field.

  • 2.

    I worked my way thru college by selling clothes in a men's clothing store.

  • 3.

    I worked during my last year in college for a local CPA firm.

  • 4.

    I went to work for General Motors in their accounting department because the pay was much better.

  • 5.

    I left after 3 years because the company was too big and I didn't feel my talents were being used.

  • 6.

    I combined my retail experience with my accounting background and went to work for a shop. cent. dev

  • 7.

    I worked there for over 40 years and retired last year.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You should get a job at Ford Motor Company and go to night school.

  • How I responded:

    I told them it was important to get my degree and if I did not go to school full time while working part-time, I thought I would not finish college.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I worked my way through college and never took my eye off the goal of getting a degree.