Best Wishes, BEACONite! Highlights of Rachael Reiter’s SU & BEACON Career
Anyone who knows Rachael Reiter can attest that her passion for her work just about matches her love for sushi. In October, Rachael is leaving BEACON and Salisbury University after over five years of dedicated work and studies to pursue her professional career at the highly accredited RSM public accounting firm in Baltimore.
RSM is currently the fifth biggest accounting firm in the United States, and Rachael will be working as an auditor starting in November. Rachael first worked with the firm through an externship in summer 2015. During summer 2016, Rachael interned at the company and was able to get firsthand experience auditing. After her internship with the company was completed, she was offered a full-time position beginning this fall.
Looking back, Rachael’s accomplishments at SU truly reflect the growth she has made as a student, as a young professional and as a person. Having completed her undergraduate career in just three years, Rachael earned a B.S. in accounting and graduated summa cum laude in her class with a 3.998 GPA. During her time spent as an undergraduate, Rachael worked as a Student Business Leader and was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma international scholastic honor society, the Beta Alpha Psi professional business and financial information fraternity, and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), which is the collegiate division of the Future Business Leaders of America. In high school, Rachael had placed in regionals, states and nationals within her local division of the Future Business Leaders of America, so it was only natural that she brought this level of greatness along with her to SU. After her undergraduate degree was completed, Rachael earned her Master of Business Administration in the accelerated one-year program at Salisbury University and graduated in spring 2017.
Rachael began her career at BEACON in fall 2014 just as she began her sophomore year. Starting as an undergraduate research assistant, Rachael worked her way up through the ranks of the organization. Eventually, Rachael would come to oversee all of the other graduate assistants in her new position of program management specialist. Everyone in the office looked up to Rachael’s high level of determination and motivation, which was always accompanied by her kind spirit and relaxed personality. Rachael has remained with BEACON after completing her graduate program to transition the team, train the new cohort of BEACONites and assist in closing out several key projects.
“Rachael was my undergraduate ‘buddy’ in the BEACON student working program when I was pursuing my M.B.A. Although my role was to be a mentor to her, I too often found myself looking to her for advice. Rachael's work ethic and true passion for learning was admirable and unique. As I left the graduate program with one more degree, I also left with a new friend of whom I would spend the next few years being immensely proud. From finishing her undergraduate and graduate degrees in four years to quickly sitting and passing her four-part CPA exam, Rachael is obviously a force to be reckoned with and I look forward to her joining me at RSM U.S. this fall.” – Kristy Werle, SU M.B.A. Class of 2015
The job at BEACON was Rachael’s first office job and it required her to expand her knowledge of proper business etiquette. However, she had no trouble picking up these skills as she learned how to balance personal and professional work relationships while also gaining crucial leadership skills. She worked on projects like the Employment Achievement Right Now (EARN) evaluation, which connects over 40 partnerships across Maryland to under/unemployed workers who need training to enter the workforce. Her favorite project was working to revamp the business and tourism model for Smith Island, an island community made up of three small villages off the coast of Crisfield, MD. The local inhabitants needed more revenue coming into their businesses and local economy, and the BEACON team, headed by Rachael, conducted a site visit and researched solutions to give out proper recommendations.
On top of all these projects and commitments, Rachael studied for and completed the four Certified Public Accountant certification exams between the beginning of the year and the early fall. She passed them all with flying colors and, after one year of professional experience, will earn her CPA certification. She really has been able to do it all.
Rachael may be leaving SU, but she is not leaving without an extensive network of fellow coworkers and lifelong friends. She is also leaving her legacy; Rachael’s work will go on to impact the lives of others long after she finds her success out in the professional world. Thank you for all you have done, Rachael, and best of luck with all you have to come!