Accounting Alum Fits the Right Fit

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


For Juan Garcia ’08 BA accountancy, math came easy. A whiz with numbers, when it came time to decide what to major in at the University of San Diego School of Business, accounting just seemed like the right choice.

That choice paid off. Garcia graduated and went on to work almost a decade in public accounting before deciding to change direction a bit, fulfilling his desire to contribute to the community while still staying true to his expertise with numbers. In 2014, he was appointed the chief financial officer for the Jamul Indian Village Tribe, where his main focus is to maintain federal grants as well as ensure the financial stability and integrity of the tribe.

The knowledge and skills he gained while at USD equipped him well for both career paths.

“The preparation by the USD School of Business was vital in establishing my business foundation in understanding basic and key concepts,” Garcia says. “Also, the networking opportunities with alumni or through events organized by the USD School of Business were extremely beneficial.”

Garcia remains involved with the School of Business. While in public accounting, he acted as a recruiter on campus. As he gains familiarity in his new role, he hopes to renew these efforts, saying “I hope to continue my involvement in a different manner to make students aware of the multitude of opportunities the accounting industry can offer.”


Amy Schmitz
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