Q & A with National Alumni Board Chair, Ray Dunkle
Ray Dunkle earned his B.S. Accounting from The University of Akron in 1991. He is currently the Director of the Forensic Accounting and Business Valuation at Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co.
Q. Can you please explain what your current professional position entails?
A. I have two titles. I am the Director of the Forensic Accounting and Business Valuation practice of Akron based, multi-state CPA & consulting firm BCG & Company. I am responsible for overseeing forensic investigations, financial calculations and for providing expert testimony. I am also President of Red Flag Reporting, an ethics hotline business owned by BCG & Company. I maintain responsibility for growing both practices.
Q. Who was your favorite professor and why?
A. This is actually a tough one. I had several great accounting professors. Dr. Frank had funny stories that made tough topics more bearable, Dr. Sharon Kimmel struck me as technically strong, Dr. Claudia Kelly seemed to really care about me, and Dr. Keister was just a wise, patient man who was excellent at transferring knowledge. I also had a wonderful English professor who taught me to think critically. I wish I could remember his name as he also had a positive impact on my life.
Q. What is your favorite UA memory – as a student and as an alum?
A. I’m a practical person – getting a job offer! It demonstrated that hard work actually does pay off. Being the first person on either side of my family to graduate college was a plus as well. I had a few people that I love tell me that I made them proud, so it was a happy time for several of us.
Q. What was your UA involvement as a student?
A. I was active in Student Toastmasters, the Accounting Association and Beta Alpha Psi, where I was an officer. Student Toastmasters actually had a major impact on my life. I attribute a marked transition from being a very shy, awkward introvert to being a much more self-confident and outgoing introvert (yes, I’m still an introvert) to that experience. To this day I give public presentations frequently, which has helped me grow professionally.
Q. What is the advise you would give to students?
A. My advice is practical. Do something you love and don’t be defined by your income level. Focus on serving others, not yourself. Finally, time goes quickly so take school seriously and perform well…grades are not everything but they are very important. As an employer, grades give me insights into an applicant’s intellect and work ethic.