Being raked through the coals for the last 48-plus hours on Reddit after an ex-PwC auditor in New York posted that their ass was grabbed at a 2017 holiday party by a colleague who was later promoted, even after an internal firm investigation into the alleged victim’s sexual harassment claim found the ass grabber was at fault, and then the alleged victim was retaliated against after trying to transfer out of the ass grabber’s group, is probably more damaging to PwC’s reputation than some dude leaving PwC for a job with a top 65ish accounting firm.
People come and go from Big 4 firms all the time. But remember, all PwCers are loyal and never want to leave the House of Ryan, right? Kyle Kass was loyal to PwC for 10 years, starting as an assurance intern and working his way up to assurance manager, senior manager, and director, according to his LinkedIn profile.
But when Kass had the chance to join the partner group at Dubuque, IA-based Honkamp Krueger & Co., he bolted the Big 4 life.
And Honkamp Krueger couldn’t be happier that he did:
— Honkamp, P.C. (@Honkamp_PC) February 28, 2020
Here’s what HK said about KK:
Kass joins the firm’s audit department with over 10 years of experience at a Big 4 firm in accounting and assurance. Kass’ experience includes serving clients in the industrial products, commercial services and supplies, and business services industries, with a focus in the areas of assurance, internal controls and SEC filings. He has specialized in the adoption of new accounting standards and assisting clients with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) compliance. He is a University of Northern Iowa alum.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kyle to the firm and look forward to the experience and insights he will bring to our growing audit team,” HK Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Greg Burbach, said. “His experience with GAAP and the new accounting standards will be an asset to our clients going through these changes.”
“I am excited to have returned to my hometown of Dubuque and to join the HK team. I am looking forward to getting to know the clients of HK and developing solutions to their most complex issues,” Kass said. “The HK audit team has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I am excited to be a part of this group of talented professionals seeking out ways to improve the lives of our clients.”
Remember kids, loyalty doesn’t pay the bills.