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CPA of Ohio Dannielle Browne

Written on Jun 16, 2020

This week’s CPA of Ohio is Dannielle Browne, CPA, CECL risk analyst at Fifth Third Bank.

When did you first know you wanted to be a CPA?

“This is kind of funny, but I don't think I had an ‘a-ha’ moment about being a CPA. I finished my bachelor's degree in 2016 and I felt really unfinished, like there was something more I could do, so I got the last 30 credit hours I needed and started studying for the test. I love to learn — I don't think I'll ever stop finding new challenges.”

If you hadn’t gone to school for accounting, what would you have studied instead?

“I actually started as a communications major in 2004, but it was a weird time where newspapers were declining and social media hadn't happened yet, so I didn't think there was an outlet for me there and I abandoned it. I was also interested in aerospace engineering for a while, I wanted to design aircraft engines!”

What advice would you give to your 21-year-old self?

“I was 21 in 2008 and I was let go from a ‘dream job’ because of the recession. It was devastating, but 12 years later, I have climbed back to a place where I am incredibly happy (and back with that same company). Sometimes the road to success and happiness can be really long and winding, but don't ever turn around.”