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Armand E. Rossi '75, Kathleen F. Buzbee '97 M.S., Matthias Strilbyckij '97 MBA, Joel M. Sachs '07 M.S.
Konowitz, Kahn & Company

Fiscal Foursome Credit UNH for Success Formula

Was it kismet or just plain coincidence? Whatever the case, it turns out that four partners at the accounting firm of Konowitz, Kahn & Company call UNH their alma mater.

Armand E. Rossi ’75 is the managing principal of the firm, which is based in North Haven. His areas of concentration are in mergers and acquisition, succession planning, and family office services. He says the support and direction he received from UNH professors and his involvement with various campus organizations proved invaluable, and that the University’s career placement office helped him launch his long and successful career.

While studying at UNH, Kathleen F. Buzbee ’97 M.S. was a single mom with a teenage son. She’s now responsible for directing the firm’s business valuation practice, and credits UNH for giving her the necessary critical thinking skills to be successful in her career.

Matthias Strilbyckij ’97 MBA is the quality control partner for auditing and accounting engagements for the firm and a certified fraud examiner. He says his UNH professors instilled in him a much-needed sense of self-confidence.

Joel M. Sachs ’07 M.S. the firm’s elder care director, specializes in tax accounting and financial services for seniors. He says he originally enrolled at UNH simply because of convenience, but once he got to the University, the quality of the professors kept him there.

All four arrived at the firm over a period of several years, and they all agree it was the best career move they could have made. That similarity, and their collective choice to receive their education at UNH, adds up to a strong connection for this foursome.

Sachs sums it up this way: “What UNH taught us all is to quench our thirst for knowledge. What we have in common is our love of accounting, and our passion for service.”

Posted Winter 2010