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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Nov. 20, 200112:00 PM EST

Profile: Fionnuala Geoghegan

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Fionnuala Geoghegan (pronounced Fuh-nu-la Gay-gen) is a manager-elect at Presser, Lahnen & Edelman.

WHAT DOES SHE DO?

She has been supervisor of all projects at the public accounting firm since July. “I am responsible for getting the job done, training the staff, communicating with clients and the partner in charge.” She has been with the company for four years.

CLIENT BASE

Mostly privately-owned businesses.

EDUCATION

A bachelor’s degree in accounting degree from Bryant College in Rhode Island and a master’s degree in business from UNF. She is finishing a master’s degree in accounting at UNF this year.

WHY GO INTO THIS LINE OF WORK?

“I thought I’d always have job security.”

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT IT?

“Public accounting is very diverse and always challenging. There is always something new. You don’t stagnate; here they keep moving you along to develop you.”

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

“Realizing that not everyone is like you and they approach things differently.”

WHAT ELSE HAS SHE DONE?

Staff accounting was her specialty prior to joining Pressler. She has operated in-house for a software development company, a manufacturing company and a construction company. While employed with the manufacturing company, Geoghegan dabbled in event management, coordinating the company’s football camps.

MEET ANY SPORTS STARS?

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith were the two biggest names she encountered.

HOMETOWN

Norwood, Mass.

RESIDENCE

Baymeadows.

HOBBIES

“I’m big into sports. Right now I’m training for the Disney Marathon.” Beachcombing and traveling are other pastimes. When she’s not being pampered by her personal chef, Geoghegan dreams of dining out at Town Spa Pizza in her hometown. If she’s lounging at home, she surfs for re-runs of “Seinfeld” or the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.” Her favorite book is “The Firm” by John Grisham.

WHO DO ADMIRE MOST?

“Martin Luther King for what he did and the times he did it in.”

WHAT’S CHANGES DO YOU SEE IN THE FIELD?

“There is legislation now where accountants can provide more services like insurance and investment services. That will probably be the big new area.”

—by Monica Chamness

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