Alumni Spotlight: Thomas "Tom" Broderick
October 24, 2017 - Leslie Venzuela
This month we highlight Thomas “Tom” Broderick in our Alumni spotlight. Tom earned his MAACT degree from UNM Anderson in 2006 and is a Principal at BPW&C.
What three words best describe you?
- Dutiful. I try to be aware of my responsibilities to my clients and my team.
- Thorough. I am a CPA. Of course, I’m thorough.
- Articulate. My favorite aspect of my job is working with clients and staff to explain complex accounting and business concepts.
What is your guiding philosophy?
I always try to do the right thing for myself and for those around me. I may make mistakes along the way. However, I am always trying to get it right.
Best professional advice ever received?
In the world of professional services, your reputation means everything. CPA’s frequently find themselves in positions of trust. It is important to maintain trust in both actions and appearance.
What did you learn during your time at Anderson that most prepared you for professional success?
During my graduate studies, I did a significant amount of technical writing. In my current position, I do a significant amount of writing and I still hear the voices of some of my Anderson professors in my head guiding me through the process.
What community service activity are you the most proud of?
Many years ago, I worked with the New Mexico Society of CPA’s in a program to foster financial literacy among elementary school students. I participated in a program where we went into classrooms to teach about financial topics. It was very rewarding to take topics that we work with every day and try to teach the value of these concepts to local youth.
Who is your childhood hero?
My childhood (and current) hero is my father. I followed him into the accounting profession and although I did not understand the technical details of his work, I understood he was trusted by the people with whom he worked. My father had a wonderful ability to connect with people.
What advice would you give the next generation of business leaders?
The next generation of business leaders need to be ready for change. The world of business has always been filled with change. I believe that the rate of change is increasing significantly. The business work world of the future is unrecognizable and the most important skill to have will be adaptability.