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Randy Wichinski

Randy Wichinski
Tax Partner/Executive Director (Retired)
Ernst & Young

875 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Miilwaukee, WI 53202

Website: http://www.ey.com

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Management and Administration

Randy Wichinski retired from his 36-year accounting career in 2013. More than 21 years of his career was in public accounting where he spent a majority of his time on the resolution of complex accounting and tax issues for insurance companies. He began his career with the IRS, but after passing the CPA exam and completing his MBA, he moved into public accounting with the Milwaukee office of Ernst & Young (“EY”), one of the Big 4 firms. He subsequently left EY and worked in other positions that included: owner of a running shoe specialty store; CFO and board member of a telecommunications company; Senior Tax Officer for a large life insurance company; Managing Director Plan Tax Services, for the BlueCross BlueShield Association; and, Managing Director, Insurance Tax Services for the Chicago office of SMART Business Advisory & Consulting (“SMART”). Randy returned to and subsequently retired from EY when EY acquired SMART’s insurance tax practice. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in accounting and an MBA in Accounting and Health Care Fiscal Management.

An accounting degree provides an excellent foundation for virtually every business related career in any industry. A career in accounting is not just about adding numbers or preparing tax returns; it is about understanding and providing the necessary support for critical business issues, which also includes compliance with a complex system of tax laws. As Randy Wichinski will discuss, accounting and tax positions in public accounting, industry, or in government are not boring, they are exciting and rewarding. They can also provide you with the skills and experience for other career opportunities that you may encounter. (Running Time 23:36)