As an accountant, numbers are important to Brad Canino, a 2013 graduate who earned a B.S. in accounting and an MBA from Le Moyne.
Here are some numbers as impressive as anything he accomplished while at Le Moyne –Canino has been named a winner of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award, making him one of only 55 individuals honored out of 94,154 nationwide who took the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam in 2013.
This recognition puts him in the top .00058 percent of those who sat for the CPA last year. The award is given to those who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the exam, completed the test during the 2013 calendar year and passed all four sections of the exam on their first attempt. Canino was one of only two recipients of the award to graduate from a Jesuit institution.
This national recognition is not surprising considering his stellar academic career at Le Moyne. As a student his overall GPA was 3.95 and he took part in the highest academic distinction at the College – the Integral Honors Program. He traveled to Sicily as part of his Integral Honors thesis, spent time studying abroad in Guatemala, and also took part in two internships as an undergraduate student.
Oh, and he also secured his job at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City months before graduating from Le Moyne. (The door to PricewaterhouseCoopers was opened to Canino during one of his internships, at BDO, through his Madden Mentor Paul Haggerty '81, a senior VP at Newscorp.)
Why did he choose Le Moyne? “I knew that Le Moyne had one of the premier accounting programs in New York State,” he said. “I was really impressed with the connections I made even before I decided to come here. Once I was taking courses, the small class sizes were important… not only being able to go to faculty for help outside of class, but having them come to me to offer opportunities. Having an English professor looking at something for my accounting class beforehand, that cross-relationship between all the departments is amazing.”
For Canino, his experience at Le Moyne prepared him well for success following graduation, both professionally and personally. “I’m constantly interested in trying something new… and I think that’s the result of the Jesuit education. I want that well-roundedness, I want that new experience and the challenge of trying new things. Le Moyne really prepares you well for that.”
(In top photo above, Canino using Skype to connect with students in the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne.)