Campus Ambassadors

Utah Valley University

VALERIE HALLADAY

As a high school student, I often wondered where I should go to college and what career to choose. I came to the conclusion after much thought that accounting would be a great field for me. My dad told me he didn’t think accounting was right because I was too social. That fall, I began college as a biology major at the University of Utah. Later, I switched my major to communications. 

In 2002 I earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. At the time I was already working for a company called Ceridian. A few months later I was promoted to project manager, a role I really enjoyed for four years.

When I was pregnant with my third child, I decided to quit my job and become a full-time mom. As my children grew older, the desire to go back to school and realize my first dream of becoming an accountant grew strong. Last year, I made that dream a reality and enrolled at UVU to earn a degree in accounting. Once I graduate with my degree in the spring, I plan to earn my MAcc.

BRENT MYERS

After graduating from the Utah Fire Academy and working briefly as a Firefighter/EMT, I went to Southern Utah University for a bachelor’s degree. I became enthusiastic about business and the economy after taking an economics course and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics.

Upon graduation, I went to work for Fidelity Investments where I held roles such as equity & options trader, retirement/pension plan consultant, dispute resolution specialist, compliance associate and eventually senior manager.

When Fidelity laid me off amid the COVID-19 chaos, I decided to pivot my career path and move from the financial services industry to the accounting/consulting industry where I hope to leverage all my previous business experience and skills.

I began this journey at Utah Valley University this summer with undergraduate prerequisites for a Master of Accountancy and will continue through this academic year.