Chico Economics Graduate Careers - Accounting

Abdulruhman Al-MusharrafAbdulruhman Al-Musharraf

Abdulruhman Al-Musharraf, who graduated in 2015 with a BA in Economics, is a junior financial analyst with RAZ Holding Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He enrolled in Chico State after a year at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. “I am working in a holding company that invests in startup businesses and I am using my economics and accounting skills to fulfill the job role,” Abdulruhman stated in a recent email. He is studying for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) level one exam. “My current goal is to become a CFA charter holder by passing all 3 levels of examination.”

“I moved from Dhahran to Riyadh just to take this job because I wanted to be involved in the startup world. One day, Inshallah, I would start my own business.” (Last Updated 7/12/17) 

Timothy Christy

Timothy Christy, who graduated in 2006 with a BA in Economics, is a bookkeeper for P31 Enterprises, Inc., a woman owned company in the logging industry in Oroville, California.  Before P31 Enterprises, Timothy was warehouse manager at Fastenal in Yuba City, California.  

Economics is not directly being used in my current job,” Timothy stated in a recent email.  “Indirectly the researching skills learned from economics courses have been useful in such tasks as tracking and finding entry errors.”   (Last Revised 7/5/17)

James Hagar

James Hagar, who graduated with a BA in Economics in 2008, is a senior accountant at Paramount Transportation Systems in San Diego, California.  “Paramount specializes in the movement of household goods, personal effects, vehicles and pets for employees of multi-national and Fortune 500 corporations,” according to their webpage.  (Last Updated 12/6/18)

Simon Hase PortraitSimon Hase

Simon Hase, who graduated from Chico State in 2006 with a BA in Economics (International Economics) and a BS in Business Administration (Financial Management), founded and manages his own accounting firm, Kaufmann Advisors, in San Francisco, California.  After graduation, he moved to San Francisco, just as the housing crises was beginning to hit the financial industry and affect the entire economy.  Although it was tough time, Simon was able to find continuous work in the accounting and bookkeeping fields, eventually working full-time for a small business consulting firm. He decided that helping business owners would be his new career field and so he enrolled in online courses at Foothill College in order to fulfill the accounting requirements of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

In 2013, Simon started his own accounting and tax firm, Kaufmann Advisors. Since then, Simon has built up a team of bookkeepers and accountants to help business owners manage their finances, have more control and insight in their business and be more strategic about the taxes that they pay 

Additionally, through a partnership with the Small Business Administration, he has given lectures and workshops across the country to hundreds of business owners on the topics of small business accounting and taxes as well as using QuickBooks to organize their financial data.

Simon believes that his life experiences at Chico State allow him to relate to business owners and entrepreneurs that he works with on a daily basis. He also feels that his degree in economics has helped him continue to understand how the world works and how national policy interacts with business, trade, foreign exchange and international relationships. Simon is able to bring this insight to his business clients, which also gives him an edge over other accountants. 

Not always an accountant, before college, Simon served in the US Army as a linguist and attended the prestigious Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. He speaks six languages and enjoys reading, traveling and creating new experiences. (Last Updated 7/13/17)

Ryan Marek

Ryan Marek, who graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics and a minor in Creative Writing in 2009, is a staff accountant at Robert L. Marek & Co in Sonoma, California.  Ryan says that he took a creative writing class to avoid a G.E. language requirement.  He continued taking creative writing classes because he enjoyed them and they were relatively easy for him, but the University offered only a minor in creative writing.  He became interested in economics when he wrote a paper on economic policy for his G.E. English class, and he realized that he had more questions than answers about economics.   Ryan was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Omicron Delta Epsilon.  During his last semester at Chico State Ryan tutored economics students in the Department’s tutorial program. 

After graduation Ryan enrolled at Santa Clara University where he earned his Certificate in Accounting in 2011.  He is currently studying for the CPA exam.  While studying at Santa Clara Ryan found time to volunteer as a mathematics tutor for the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma.  He joined the accounting firm where he is currently working in 2012.  (Last Updated 8/28/18)

Simon Hase PortraitRussell Moeai

Russell Moeai, who graduated in 2017 with a BA in Economics, is an account associate with Matson and Isom (M&I) Technology Consulting. He worked as a business development intern at M&I for six months before the firm promoted him from intern to account associate in January 2017.  During his junior year, Russell worked as special projects coordinator for the Chico State Center for Economic Development and as a writing tutor for the Chico State Student Learning Center.

 "The Chico State Economics faculty helped me to better understand how and why firms make decisions, which is invaluable in a sales role,” Russell stated in a recent email.  “Skills such as cost-benefit analysis and trend analysis learned in my upper-division courses have proven extremely useful in assisting clients with strategic planning.”  (Last Updated 8/22/17)