Andy's passion for accounting started while he attended Amsterdam High School.
"I took an accounting course with Mr. Cetnar and he really made it interesting," Andy said. "After realizing how much I enjoyed accounting, I was able to learn more by helping my uncle who had a small bookkeeping and tax business. He would give me disbursements and receipts to post for some of his smaller clients."
Positive he would continue his education to earn an accounting degree, Andy narrowed his college choices down to two, FM and Siena. However, when he saw how easy it was for his brother to transfer to the Rochester Institute of Technology after attending Fulton-Montgomery Community College, it "sealed the deal" for Andy.
"My brother was very well prepared to attain his four-year degree based on the fundamentals and foundation received at FM," Andy said. "I decided to attend FM and transfer to Siena. I have absolutely no regrets in going this route. The bottom line was this: I went on to graduate with honors from Siena with my bachelor's degree in accounting and had a fraction of the student-loan debt that many of my high school classmates had."
While at FM, Andy couldn't help but share his accounting knowledge. "Mr. Osborne was my accounting professor," Andy said. "He made it fun and interesting. He would tell me I had a great future in accounting because I was always helping and explaining concepts to the other students sitting around me. At first, he thought I was just talking in class and would tell me to be quiet. But when he realized I was helping others around me understand concepts, he appreciated my willingness to share. He recommended me to work in the accounting lab of FM as an accounting tutor, which I did."
Andy's successful education landed him some top-notch positions including, partner at the CPA firm West & Company in Gloversville. Today, Andy is vice president of finance at Delaney Construction Group. "At this point, I am extremely satisfied with my professional achievements," he said.
Andy also is very happy in his personal life. He lives in the town of Florida with his wife, Jennifer, who Andy says is an incredible individual and supportive of everything he does. They have two children, Christina, their 13-year-old daughter who will enter freshman year at Amsterdam High School in the fall and Andrew, their 8-year-old son, will enter third grade at Barkley Elementary. Both children are actively involved with sports, something Andy and Jen support and encourage.
When the children become ready to make a decision about college, you can bet Andy will share his feelings about FM, just as his own father did for him. "Whenever I had an issue, my dad would always provide me great advice and reasoning," Andy said. "I still find myself asking for his opinion. I want my children to know I am always there for them. When the time comes for them to ask me about college, I will tell them - and anyone else for that matter - not to let the fact that FM is close to home be a deterrent. FM is a sound institution that provides an excellent education and I hope they take advantage of it."
Amy Radik is the Director of Alumni Affairs & Foundation Projects at FM.