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SPR-SUM 2018

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SPRING / SUMMER 2018 PIERCE 27 I don't think I envisioned doing this when I got my degree in accounting," sa id Christine Richmond. "Most people with accounting degrees fi gure, oh, I'll be a CPA." Life, however, had other plans for Richmond, who went to work at C&S following graduation. She'd never heard of the Keene-based company. But while at Pierce, she held a student job in the Offi ce of Admission and Linda Quimby, vice president for enrollment, suggested that with her degree and minor in management, she might be a good fi t. Richmond started at C&S as a staff accountant and "bounced between accounting and analytics," something she said was an asset. "It's been really awesome. I got to look at two sides of fi nance, which allowed me to grow and expand my responsibilities. It's what I love about C&S. Just like at Franklin Pierce, you really can take on as much as you want and can create opportunities." Over the eight years she's been with the company, Richmond s aid she's been able to travel following mergers and acquisitions and take on more and more responsibility. She praises C&S's commitment to attracting and retaining talented people and its culture of rewarding people who take risks and look for ways to innovate. She thinks that the C&S Scholars Program is going to be a great fi t for Pierce students, giving them a real-world opportunity with a multifaceted company in their backyard. "What you learn in books is important," she sa id . "But an opportunity like this provides a diff erent level of education. I defi nitely think Pierce students should take advantage of it." Richmond sa id that Pierce gave her a foundation to meld her academics with hands-on opportunities. She served as president of the Students in Free Enterprise, Pierce's former business club, and was able to travel to national conferences and network with industry professionals. She now lives in Rindge and served as the University's cheerleaders coach. "Pierce really lets you take your knowledge and put it into play," she sa id . "It was such an important part of my life. It's been an awesome journey for me." married in 2016. Following graduation, she worked for two minor league baseball teams in Texas and Massachusetts, before coming back to the Monadnock Region to serve as an admission counselor for Pierce. As one of several alumni working at C&S, she makes it a point to get back to campus to conduct career panels and networking sessions with current Pierce students. "At Pierce, you develop these really personal connections," she sa id . "You have relationships with your professors and you can tell they want to help you and guide you. I still keep in contact with my professors and classmates. And it's great being at C&S, where so many alumni work. We're like this mini Franklin Pierce here." With the launch of the C&S Scholars Program, she's looking forward to welcoming more Ravens into the company. An Unexpected Career Christine Richmond '10 MANAGER, FINANCIAL ANALYTICS FOR OPERATIONS FINANCE My goal right now is to push myself and prove what I can do.

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