When Stefanie Humphrey ’07 was looking at colleges to attend, the University of Richmond’s picturesque campus caught her eye almost immediately.

“I went to visit the University of Richmond during my junior year of high school and fell in love with the campus,” Humphrey said. “I really had no idea what I wanted to major in or what I wanted to do in the long run, but I really loved the beautiful campus. So I picked Richmond based on that.”

Upon arrival at the University, it didn’t take long for Humphrey to find her calling in the Robins School of Business’ accounting department.

“Once I got to the University of Richmond and started thinking about picking a major, I felt that a business major would afford me the greatest opportunities after school, especially considering the fact that I didn't really know what I wanted to do,” she said.

Humphrey viewed a business education as a providing a sound foundation for her future.  “My hope was that a business school education would provide me with a well-rounded background to use in anything I chose to do.”

An accounting professor inspired her direction once she had decided to enter the business world.   “My very first accounting professor was the absolute reason that I chose to be an accounting major and ultimately go into public accounting,” Humphrey said.

“She was an amazing professor, and I am so thankful for everything she taught me.”

Upon graduation, Humphrey was hired by KPMG, LLP in the general Federal Tax Practice department. Since then, she has transitioned to a more specialized practice in the Accounting Methods and Credit Business.  This transition has led to more client interaction, an aspect of Humphrey’s position as Federal Tax Senior Associate that she appreciates most.

“I am enjoying the more specialized practice, because I am able to interact with my clients more. I feel I have a better understanding of the needs of each of my clients,” Humphrey explained.

Humphrey decided to start her career in public accounting so that she could interact with many different companies and industries and would not be limited in her scope of work. The people she met at KPMG and the opportunity to learn from smart, driven people factored into her ultimate decision in joining the company.

“I really felt that I fit in well with the individuals I had met at KPMG,” she said, “and enjoying the people you work with is an important part of enjoying your job.”

No two days are the same on the job for Humphrey.  According to her, clients’ needs and prioritized tasks can often push smaller tasks to the back.

"This job is one where you make a to-do list at the beginning of the day, and it's no surprise at the end of the day if you have not checked off even one item from that list,” she said.

“Client needs and deadlines change quickly, and with that, so do the highest priority items,” Humphrey said.  “I personally really enjoy the uniqueness and business of each day.”