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February 8, 2023

Grant Thornton’s Philadelphia Office Gives a Purple Rose to Former Bachelorette Contestant

Where do you go in life after you've been eliminated from The Bachelorette? To Grant Thornton, natch.

42-year-old Sean Denham has 20 years of public accounting experience and most recently served as partner in GT's National Professional Standards group. He's most recently taken over for Wayne Kaplan as managing partner of the Philadelphia office:

Denham, who grew up in Wildwood Crest, N.J., will be in charge of an office that has just under 400 people — fifth largest in the region behind just the big four firms. He said he will continue to maintain a full practice that includes representing clients in the consumer industrial products and professional services industries. He said he simply wants to pick up where Kaplan left off.

"We're well-branded so the goal is to continue the fantastic work that has been done here," Denham said.

That's awesome and all but the real story here is that Denham was very nearly chosen as The Bachelor (losing out to Andrew Firestone), settling instead to vie for the heart of Meredith Phillips on season 2 of The Bachelorette.

As it turns out, Meredith had a pretty wicked drinking problem so it's probably better off that Sean was eliminated before he made an even bigger mistake than working for Grant Thornton.

Considering it was a slightly higher class love-hunting reality show and not, say, I Love New York, being on the show clearly didn't ruin Sean's career. In fact, maybe it was a plus.

As he told his alma mater (Lehigh, Class of '94) in 2005:

"If anything, it had a positive impact on my career," he says. "My friends, clients, and colleagues all watched the show and gave me their input. They were supportive, but didn't take it too seriously."

Right, because how can you take it seriously? Good luck, guy!

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