Girard School of Business

Alumni Profile

Michael Cecere ’87

Michael Cecere’s career at Gray, Gray & Gray CPAs began in 1989 as a staff accountant. He was elected a partner in 2002. Cecere credits his success to his Merrimack accounting professors – Richard DelGaudio, Donald Hanson and Elliott Puretz. Now he is imparting his experiences to current students, having taught an Introduction to Accounting class last semester.

Teaching comes naturally on the job, he says, “whether helping less-experienced staff understand and implement accounting and tax pronouncements or educating my clients on how they will be affected by these changes.”

Cecere is pleased to provide examples of how class topics play out in the business world to students, whose motivation impressed him: “The more you demand of them and the more confidence you show in their ability to achieve, the more willing they are to accept the challenge and succeed.”

Gray, Gray & Gray is employing a Girard student as part of the Accounting Coop Program this semester. Cecere, who is involved in hiring for the firm, says the Girard School provides the mix that the firm looks for in employees; the curriculum “…fosters creative thinking and the small class size encourages personal interaction and collaboration.”

Cecere received his master’s in taxation from Bentley University in 2010 only because Merrimack does not offer the degree, but he is thrilled at the new graduate offerings in Management and Accounting.

“At this point in the Girard School’s development, the possibilities of how it can grow are very exciting. One of the ways it can fulfill its promise is with the help of us alums.”