Josh Improta '14

Long before he became a Quinnipiac student, Josh Improta was a critical member of the QU community--especially at lunchtime.

As a high school student, Improta served up slices at neighborhood pizza joint Tonino's, located between the Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses and a favorite among QU students and professors alike. The Hamden native got to know many QU professors who were regulars in his father's restaurant.

So when it came time for college, Improta's decision was easy. Now a senior accounting major in the School of Business, Improta recently earned a full-time position as a first-year audit assistant at Deloitte and Touche, one of the largest professional services firms in the world. He starts in January 2014, right after graduating a semester early, and will work in the firm's Stamford office. 

The offer followed a successful summer internship in the firm's auditing department. Improta credits the sound advice and mentoring he received from faculty and members of the career development office. 

Gary Schneider, chair of the accounting department and one of Improta's regular customers at the pizza restaurant, helped set him down his future career path.  "I would go to Professor Schneider's office hours not just for class, but to discuss career ideas. I would ask questions like, 'What did you do in your career?' or 'How would you do it differently?' I was able to do that with a lot of my professors," said Improta. 

He also credits Jill Ferrall, associate dean for career development, and the rest of the career development staff at the School of Business, with helping him kick start his career.  

"It's by direct connection with Quinnipiac career services that I was able to start the recruitment process really early," said Improta. "Jill has always been accessible to meet with me to discuss my resume and opportunities with financial firms." 

This fall, Improta will receive the Emerging Leadership Award from the School of Business. The award is presented to students who excel both in and out of the classroom, either in leadership roles on campus and/or in community service. 

"I want to be helpful for others," said Improta. "One of the best ways for me to help others is for me to use my accounting skills, my logical reasoning and my analytical skills."


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