Here at Protiviti, we believe in the power of a strong mentor. Someone who can help shape and guide your career, be your advocate and cheerleader for those big professional goals, and act as a role model to craft your professional story. That’s why each of our campus hires, including our interns, receives multiple mentors at different levels within the company.
This week, we are celebrating our Executive Advisors and the role they play in our interns’ experience. As we wrap up this week’s event, our last feature in the series is Tony!
- Years at Protiviti – “I am going on 14 years this May.”
- Path to Protiviti – “I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Notre Dame. I attended Notre Dame on a NROTC Scholarship. I spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator and finished my MBA on my last tour in the Navy from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. I joined Arthur Andersen in the Fall of 2000 as a Senior Consultant in the San Francisco Technology Risk Consulting practice and then started with Protiviti at its inception.”
- Current Solution and/or Industry focus – “I currently help lead our IT audit practice for the West Region. I have previously worked extensively in our Security and Privacy, ERP, and Business Continuity solutions.”
- Why is being a mentor important to you? – “I think we all crave relationships we can count on for honest and direct appraisals and in which we can be open about our concerns, failures, and aspirations. The mentor role provides a unique opportunity to create that kind of relationship, and it is incredibly rewarding to see people learn and grow, in part, because of that trust and bond.”
- What is one meaningful moment you have had as a mentor or mentee? – “A woman I worked with and mentored close to 10 years ago reached out recently to discuss a challenge she was having in her current position and whether or not she was handling it the right way. The fact that after all these years she still felt confident enough in our relationship and my understanding of her to reach out reminded me of the impact we can have long after we think the mentoring has ended.”
- What is one piece of advice you’d give our interns? – “Every engagement has something (probably many things) to teach you, regardless of the nature of the work or client. If you can’t see what that is, or how to learn from the experience, reach out to your senior, manager and mentors to help you figure out your personal growth opportunities.”