Location: Charlotte, NC
Industry: Professional services
Over her 16 years with GreerWalker LLP, Sandi Thorman has moved from senior associate to manager, senior manager and, finally, partner. Each of her positions has come with its own set of challenges, but one overarching theme has been recruitment and retention, she says: “Public accounting is not for everybody; therefore, like it or not, there is turnover. In addition, there is heavy competition for new and experienced hires.” To help GreerWalker stand out to key talent, Thorman is involved in campus recruiting events and the firm’s Believe Academy, a leadership program for students interested in public accounting.
Fun Fact: Thorman leads the United Way campaign at GreerWalker.
For GreerWalker, as for most accounting firms, January through April is the most stressful period of the year. During that time, “I try very hard to stay energized, not sweat the small stuff and also take breaks,” says Thorman. “I like challenges and constantly work on trying to improve both within and beyond GreerWalker. I set goals and prioritize the steps for accomplishing the goals.”
In 2007, Thorman participated in the Arts & Science Council’s Cultural Leadership Training Program. “The program sparked my involvement with The Mint Museum,” she says. “I started off on the exhibitions committee and finance committee and worked my way up to the board of trustees and chair of the finance committee.”