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John DeMelis

John DeMelis


New York, NY USA

"What we’re doing and how we’re doing it changes every day through the increased use of tools and technologies. So, the ability to adapt and to keep up is important to succeed."

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Day In The Life

Partner, Americas Professional Practice – Audit

I lead a team that develops and provides guidance on the use of tools and technology in our audits.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Mahopac High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Business/Managerial Economics

    State University of New York College at Oneonta

  • Graduate Degree

    Business Administration and Management, General

    New York University

  • Certification

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Accountants and Auditors:

Bachelor's Degree: Business/Managerial Economics

Graduate Degree: Business Administration and Management, General

Certification: Certified Public Accountant

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I initially thought I wanted to be an engineer (as I was always good in math). But before heading off to college, I decided that I was not going to go that route.

  • 2.

    I went to college not knowing what I wanted to do and took my first accounting class as a freshman. I had two professors that were both lawyers and CPAs, which sounded intriguing to me.

  • 3.

    I took the CPA exam and the LSAT. I passed all four parts of the CPA exam but did miserably on the LSATs – the rest is history!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Friends:

    It’s not so much criticism or discouragement, but I’ve heard many say being a CPA must be so boring. I still hear that.

  • How I responded:

    It's a matter of realizing that people don’t really understand what it is you do. They see the stereotype of an accountant wearing a green eye shade, sitting in front of the adding machine, just cranking out numbers. What they don't realize is that audit is a great way to understand business.