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2017-05-18 / Local News

OP grad to begin FASB assistantship

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by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ


Popovski Popovski Starting July 6, Orchard Park graduate and soon-to-be University at Buffalo graduate Brittany Popovski will start her new position as a postgraduate technical assistant with the Financial Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk, Connecticut. FASB is a not-for-profit organization that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for public and private companies and nonprofits in the U.S., according to its website.

Popovski received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the UB School of Management in 2016 and is set to earn her master’s degree in accounting from the School of Management on Friday, May 19.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to enhance my auditing skills and my understanding of accounting standards,” Popovski said. “My prior internship experiences have prepared me for this, and I’m ready to make a difference.”

Some of her responsibilities at FASB will include analyzing written submissions, reviewing published research, preparing memorandums on technical issues, drafting due-process documents and evaluating accounting proposals of other organizations.

Popovski, who is a 2012 Orchard Park graduate, has completed internships with KPMG and Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner. She was also a participant in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and has successfully passed all four sections of the New York State certified public accountant’s exam.

She is also the sixth student in the last six years from the UB School of Management to earn a position at either FASB or the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. This highly competitive one-year position is only awarded to seven people nationwide for each cycle (one summer program and one winter).

“Our professors have really prepared us for life after school, and they do a great job of integrating clubs and building relationships with their students,” she said. “I’m thankful for how close my class has grown in my time at UB.”

Popovski was also the 2015-16 president for the school’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international organization for financial information students and professionals. According to Popovski, her future beyond this year with FASB is still uncertain, but she is interested in pursuing a career in auditing.

To learn more about about the UB School of Management, visit mgt.buffalo.edu. To learn more about the Financial Accounting Standards Board, visit fasb.org.

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