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PwC Executive Bob Sullivan ’81 serves as the Keynote Speaker at the Sigma Iota Epsilon induction ceremony

April 05, 2016
Sullivan offers congratulations to the students on their academic accomplishments and to their families for the support they have provided to help achieve these successes.

Bob Sullivan, an active alum and member of PwC’s Global Financial Services Leadership Team and lead engagement partner on one of the firm’s largest financial services clients, offered the keynote address at this year’s Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE) honor society induction ceremony. Sullivan has spent his entire career at PwC, after graduating from Merrimack in June 1981. He has served as one of 19 members of the PwC US Board of Partners and Principals and also the Global Board of PwC which provides governance oversight on the firm’s US and worldwide activities, respectively.

Sullivan, who was joined at the event by his wife and two of his four children, focused on family throughout his speech. He credits his success to “…the values instilled in me by my parents, the strong foundation developed in my college years between my academic and internship experiences, and the strong support I received from my family throughout my career.”

Sullivan’s speech to the inductees and their parents focused on five themes:

Start with hard work and focus. Be positive, nice and helpful in all that you do. No matter what tasks are in front of you, do them exceedingly well and with a good attitude and you will be noticed and appreciated by those around you.

Develop your communication skills. Strong communication skills are critical to achieving leadership opportunities, both large and small. They are the key to becoming a strong manager and leader. 

Don’t let others intimidate you. Stick to your game plan and deliver consistent results. Your strong foundation, hard work and focus will drive your success.

Innovate in everything you do. The world is a dynamic place and we must all strive for continuous improvement to stay relevant in today’s competitive environment.

Focus on developing your network. It is important to have a network you can use to solve problems, help yourself and others, and drive successful outcomes for you, your team, your company and others. The relationships you build and leverage over your career will support you and it is rewarding to be able to give back that support.

As a successful businessperson and engaged alum and mentor, Sullivan reflected back on his 35-year career and offered these closing words, “My most rewarding moments are not the great wins, tough problems solved and other business successes but rather they are the situations where other colleagues or client professionals have succeeded and attributed some important part of their personal success to my support, coaching or other actions.”

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