On October 30th, 2018, Southern Utah University welcomed Michael Wankier, SUU alumni and Chief Financial Officer of Larry H. Miller Management Group, as a speaker for the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a course on campus that invites various successful business owners and executives to present to the class each week. Speakers present on their accomplishments, challenges, and wisdom they’ve gained from their path to success.
During Wankier’s presentation, he told students about his journey to becoming CFO at the Larry H. Miller Management group, and the importance of working hard and using business to make a positive impact.
Wankier graduated from SUU with a Master of Accountancy in June 2001 and began his career working with Arthur Andersen in Salt Lake City. He worked through the bankruptcy of Enron, and ultimately the collapse of Andersen in April 2002. Andersen was then merged with KPMG, where Wankier worked for seven years, then moved on to join Pinnacle Security where he stayed until 2012. Following his time at Pinnacle, he joined the Larry H. Miller Group Companies where he currently works as the Chief Financial Officer.
During his presentation, he encouraged students to always continue to work hard in each of their jobs, and to never stop learning. Wankier also emphasized the significant role that his accounting career has had in helping him achieve his success today.
“Michael Wankier confirmed my commitment to pursuing my accounting major as a way to become a leader,” said junior accounting major, Ashlee Wardle. “Public accounting exposed Michael to different businesses and helped him understand the processes and controls that help him lead the Miller Management Group today. One of my favorite takeaways he brought up was that the need to work hard never goes away, and there’s always more to learn.”
The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a one credit upper division class, designed to give students the opportunity to learn from successful business owners. There are no prerequisites and the class is open to any majors. All students are welcome to attend, even if they are not enrolled in the course. The class is held Tuesdays from 11:30-12:20 in the Dixie L. Leavitt Business Building in room 126.