Staff Accountant II
Many accountants will swear to you that the profession was their calling, and that they knew relatively early on that was the career they were going to pursue. Eder, Casella’s Joe Rondo isn’t one of them.
“Going into college, I wanted to major in something related to business, but I had no idea which area,” the University of Illinois graduate admits. “I heard that accounting was boring, but my view changed after my introductory class — my teacher danced left and right singing, ‘Debits to the left, credits to the right…’ That class and teacher were my inspiration to become an accountant.”
Although he won’t re-enact the dance on command — unless you’re a really good client, of course — Joe brings his eye for detail and easygoing nature to all his interactions inside and outside the office. “My primary focus is conducting various aspects of audits, as well as aiding with accounting services for our clients,” he explains.
Rondo earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 2015, the same year he joined Eder, Casella & Co. as an intern. The Lindenhurst native, who is married, added a Master of Accounting Science degree in 2016, also from the University of Illinois, then came on board with Eder, Casella full time. “The company provides a very open and friendly work environment,” he says of his experience so far. “I think that’s reflected in our client interactions. I’ve most enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of people and businesses, and experience the challenges that those differing situations can present.”
Get to Know Joe — Five Facts:
1. If I wasn’t an accountant… “I would be a physical therapist. When I was younger, I wanted to play soccer professionally, but I quickly found that wouldn’t be an option with my bad knees.”
2. My first job was…. “a host at Red Lobster. My favorite part of the job was interacting with different customers. But I wasn’t a fan of having to always work past 10 p.m.”
3. When I’m not at work, I enjoy… “weightlifting, biking, and golfing with friends and family.”
4. My favorite musical act is… “Twenty One Pilots.”
5. One lesson I learned from my parents that guides me today… “During middle school, my mom taught me to plan ahead and always be organized, that lesson still guides me today in my everyday life at home and on the job.”
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