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Alumnus Ray Beier: Understanding Perspectives, Building Relationships

UMD Alumnus Ray Beier  
For Ray Beier, success is focusing on people, not just numbers. Photo: Glenn Jussen  

It's been said that happiness is achieved when what one thinks, says, and does is in harmony. For alumnus Ray Beier, this has proven to be true. "I feel incredibly fortunate to be a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers," he said.

The culture at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) aligns with Beier's values. "PwC knows that it's about understanding our client's perspectives, knowing the standards that apply, and building relationships. Listening is so critical. Appreciating a client's needs and doing the right thing is crucial to bringing value," he said.

A Duluth native, Beier majored in accounting at UMD and graduated in 1978. He then went on to earn his M.B.A. in finance at the Carlson School of Management on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. While his job may, at times, involve numbers, it is extensively about people. "It's about appreciating different points of view."

Beier shares PwC's emphasis on mentoring its people. "Mentoring is a day-to-day activity." He works with younger partners to help them "understand the rules, think through and communicate the process to their client and why the suggested approach will work. I'm excited helping my younger partners, helping them convert complicated concepts into easy-to-understand language."

Beier believes strongly in PwC's future. "The partners are committed to serving the capital markets and leaving the firm better than we found it." PwC has made it a priority to hire individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, but with one common denominator: "Their talent," he said, "is off the chart."

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Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, March 2013


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