2017 Winchester Community High School graduate Michael Georgi is taking the advice in this famous quote often attributed to author, statesman, and newspaper editor Horace Greeley, the founder of the New-York Tribune. Georgi, currently a student at Ball State University has accepted an internship in Los Angeles, California with HCVT.
HCVT was founded in 1991 when Phil Holthouse, Jim Carlin, and John Van Trigt came together to create a CPA firm that was different for their clients and employees, a firm based on technical excellence, a business model built on partner access and accountability, where the focus was on needs of the client. A team of professionals committed to the success of their clients.
The son of Steven and Lori Georgi, who operate the family farm near Ridgeville, Michael was a three sport athlete at WCHS excelling in basketball, baseball, and tennis. “WCHS is a great school,” he states, “ We have excellent teachers and coaches the Honors program really helped me to focus on the importance of school. Being in three sports kept me very busy and out of trouble,” he adds with a laugh.
After graduating, Georgi enrolled in the School of Business at Ball State University in nearby Muncie, Indiana. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I enrolled in some classes. I did well in my accounting class, and enjoyed it so I decided to go in that direction,” said Michael. “The program at BSU really is a top tier program,” he adds.
Georgi’s mother is originally from L.A. and his father is originally from Muncie. His mother moved to Orlando before getting a job at Ball State ,where the two met. “While visiting California, I fell in love with the West Coast,” he states. “I was researching firms with internship opportunities and came across HCVT. All of the employee reviews I could find were positive, and they are ranked number 5 in the top 100 accounting firms in L.A. by the Los Angeles Business Journal. They also offer the opportunity to work in many different fields, so I am very excited about this,” Georgi continues.
HCVT has been recognized by Inside Public Accounting as one of the “Best of the Best” Firms for a record 15 consecutive years. Accounting Today recognized HCVT as one of the Best Accounting Firms to Work For. They offer audit, tax, business management and mergers & acquisition services to many types of industries including Real Estate and Hospitality; Private Equity and Investment Advisory; High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices; Manufacturing, Retail and Distribution; Technology; Media and Entertainment; Affordable Housing; Nonprofit Organizations; and Professional Services Firms. Interns are encouraged to work in a number of fields in order to find where their talents lie and which field suits them best.
The internship runs eight weeks from June until August. Afterwards, Georgi plans to return to Ball State to obtain his graduate degree before becoming a certified public accountant (CPA.) This would allow for ore opportunities than if he just had a bachelor’s degree.
“This is a great community, and I have really enjoyed my time here. I am a little sad to leave, but, I am looking forward to this experience and the future it may bring,” states Georgi. It looks as if this fine young man, his future brimming with possibilities in the “Golden State,” may well be on his way to becoming another of WCHS’s many “Golden Graduates.”