When Adam Wachter went to enroll in the Accounting 101 class at Ohio University, all the classes were full except for the "accounting majors only" class. Wachter was in the College of Business but was undecided with his major — until that point.
"So, I declared my major mainly just to get into that class," said Wachter, 35. "That class was really what sparked the continued interest in accounting."
Now the chief financial officer of Engineered Profiles LLC, Wachter held internships with PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration, majoring in accounting and management information systems. Today, Wachter is on Ohio University's accounting advisory board.
Post-college, he started at KPMG as an audit associate and left when he was senior manager. Wachter joined Engineered Profiles four years ago as director of finance and now chief financial officer.
Erik Tait, marketing coordinator of Engineered Profiles, nominated Wachter and noted achievements that include overseeing sales growth of 46 percent "while maintaining the same size of the accounting department through process improvements and leveraging the use of technology to improve the efficiency of the department."
"This included leading the implementation of a new ERP [enterprise resource planning] system in 2014 that was on time and on budget as well as tools to improve its budgeting, reporting, invoice processing and account reconciliation processes," Tait said in his nomination submission.
In addition to the finance functions, Wachter leads the IT and sales support departments within the Columbus, Ohio-based company.
Wachter said it was an initial challenge coming to Engineered Profiles from KPMG, where he mainly audited insurance companies and banks.
"Coming here was my first experience at all in a manufacturing environment and dealing with things like inventory," he said. "It was a big change both in industry experience coming here but also just in general changing from a role where you're an auditor for other companies to actually running, making more business decisions, less of a focus on just how they combine the financials and more on getting your hand in making business decisions. There's certainly an adjustment for both of those things."
Engineered Profiles is projecting around $50 million in annual sales. Wachter said previous year's sales were around $48 million.