CPA profile: Franklin O. Berry

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Virginia Retirement System, Richmond

Title: Audit director
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Virginia Commonwealth University
Birthplace: Victoria
Wife: Jane P. Berry
Children: F. Owen Berry, Jr., 30; Michael D. Berry, 26; and Nancy J. Palma, 26
Pets: Two dogs, Abby and Elmo, and two fish, Bobo and Irene
Hobbies: Wild birds, yard work and card games
Favorite vacation spot: Cherry Grove, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Favorite meal: Thinly sliced pork chops with gravy
Fan of: High school and college football
First accounting job: Staff accountant with A.M. Pullen & Co.
Career mentors:  Numerous, including Charles B. Walker, Clifford A. Cutchins III and Raymond B. Wallace, Jr.

What advice do you have for a student considering accounting as a career?
“Accounting offers a wide array of opportunities, satisfies varied interests and can effectively utilize a host of different talents.  While the professional typically is seen as somewhat ‘numbers-oriented,’ you will need excellent communication skills to be truly successful. This includes writing as well as interpersonal and networking skills. I would recommend being active in at least one professional and one social organization, and possibly joining Toastmasters or a similar group to sharpen your public speaking skills.”

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