Stephen Goettle Honored by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Stephen Goettle is a Boston, MA, business administrator, accountant, and financial services professional. Upon taking the 2011 Uniform CPA Examination, he achieved the second-highest score in the state of Massachusetts. In recognition of this accomplishment, Stephen Goettle was given an official award at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).

The state’s leading professional organization for certified public accountants and accounting professionals, the Massachusetts Society of CPAs currently supports a membership base of more than 10,000. The group’s annual meeting is a gala event that features live jazz, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails.

In addition to the presentation of CPA exam honors, the evening features award ceremonies for educator of the year and various American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) designations. The meeting also serves as an ideal location to announce the winners of the multiple youth scholarships that are offered by the MSCPA and its partner organizations.

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The True Story of Red October by Stephen Goettle of Massachusetts

Tom Clancy’s millions of readers appreciate his ability to weave fact into captivating tales of fiction. In fact, the author’s debut novel, The Hunt for Red October, was inspired by a true story.

Clancy fans and moviegoers know that The Hunt for Red October follows the lives of a Soviet submarine captain and a CIA analyst. In the book, the Soviet sub attempts to defect to the West. Showing that art can imitate life, there was a Soviet sub officer named Valery Sablin who, in 1975, grew disheartened by the Soviet party and attempted to launch a revolution from within his sub. He broadcasted a proposal to the Soviet population encouraging them to overtake the regime.

Unlike his fictional counterpart, Sablin simply wished to instigate change; so far as historians can determine, he had no plans to relocate to the West. In the end, the KGB executed him for his attempt at mutiny.

Stephen Goettle is a Senior Finance Associate at Bain Capital, a firm located in Boston, MA. Outside of his responsibilities concerning private equity funds and holdings, he is an avid reader of the works of authors such as George R. R. Martin and Tom Clancy. He particularly enjoys Clancy’s earlier works such as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger.

Private Equity Crucial Component of Healthy Economy, by Stephen Goettle

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

The private-equity sector fosters the creation of healthy businesses. Focused on building companies that are profitable and stable, private equity invests the capital needed for growth and endurance.

Private-equity companies utilize numerous analytical tools and research to determine the potential for strong investment returns. This research, undertaken in anticipation of the investment and updated throughout the lifetime of the transaction, encompasses assessment of the financials of the beneficiary organization as well as key factors about its industry, markets, and regions.

The due diligence performed by private-equity companies takes into account risk factors over a range of variables. In addition to financial and economic considerations, organizations weigh the strengths and weaknesses in a company’s practices. They often optimize value by providing advice and expertise to safeguard forward momentum toward the next stage of development.

A seasoned financial professional, Stephen Goettle of Massachusetts serves as a Private Equity Senior Finance Associate at Bain Capital. He recently earned the second-highest score in Massachusetts on the 2011 Uniform CPA examination. Stephen Goettle earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) at Northeastern University.

Stephen Goettle: Hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

With thousands of miles of picturesque hiking trails, New Hampshire’s White Mountains offer plenty to keep hikers interested.

Novice hikers, hikers with young children, hikers who are short on time, or those looking for a hike that offers spectacular beauty with little effort can select from a number of easy hikes with gentle inclines and distances three miles or less. Hikers looking for a little more difficulty have plenty of options as well, as the White Mountains boasts numerous trails that may be longer, or may have a moderate grade. For experienced hikers, there are a few difficult trails which are often very steep and may cross creeks or other obstacles.

The US Forest Service advises that some trails are well maintained, while others aren’t maintained and may be very rugged. Hikers should dress appropriately for the season and should wear sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes. Supplies should include a bottle of water to remain hydrated, along with a map of the area. Always tell somebody where you are and when you expect to be home.

Stephen Goettle is a Financial Services Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, based in Boston. In addition to his work in business and accounting, Goettle’s experience includes teaching, tutoring, and a stint as counselor for sixth grade summer campers. An avid outdoors enthusiast, Goettle enjoys hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

The Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

November 15, 2012 Leave a comment

A Financial Services Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, Stephen Goettle balances his career with what charity work his limited free time allows. Over the years, Stephen Goettle has donated to Project Bread, participated in Habitat for Humanity projects and made contributions to several schools.

Stephen Goettle supports the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Founded in 1948, the Jimmy Fund raises money to fight cancer. It originated on the May 22 edition of the radio program Truth or Consequences. Revolutionary cancer doctor Sidney Farber, MD, of the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation (which became Dana-Farber) and the Variety Club of New England (today the Variety Children’s Charity of New England) broadcast players of the Boston Braves baseball team visiting a 12-year-old boy who was undergoing treatment for cancer. The airing attracted over $200,000 in donations and brought a significant amount of attention to the cause.

One year after the show aired, the Jimmy Fund continued its fundraising efforts by producing the Jimmy Fund/Variety Children’s Charity Theater Program. In 1953, both the Boston Red Sox and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association selected the Jimmy Fund as their official charities. Throughout the next several decades, the organization developed numerous events to procure more contributions, such as the Scooper Bowl, the Jimmy Fund Walk, and the Pan-Mass Challenge bike race, which still serves as the group’s most successful endeavor. The Fund has built a state-of-the-art clinic for pediatric patients at the Dana-Farber.

Over the past 60 years, the Jimmy Fund has raised over $750 million. These funds have contributed to research significantly improving cure rates for several types of pediatric cancer. The winner of nine 4-star ratings in a row from Charity Navigator, this group attracts thousands of volunteers every year. To learn more about the organization and how to aid its mission, please visit www.jimmyfund.org.

An Overview of the Laser Standard Sailboat – By Stephen Goettle

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Experienced sailor, outdoorsman, and accounting professional Stephen Goettle attended Duke University, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Economics with minors in English and Environmental Science in 2008. Currently, Mr. Goettle serves as a Financial Services Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, Massachusetts, where he works in private equity and alternatives. During his time at Duke, he spent several summers as a camp counselor, teaching young people outdoor skills. A member of Outward Bound and the Appalachian Mountain Club, he enjoys spending his free time reading, hiking, skiing, and sailing.

One of the most popular small sailing dinghies in the United States, the Laser Class sailboat is most often handled by only one person. Also known as the Laser Standard or the Laser One, the boat is manufactured by Laser Performance, and as of 2011, more than 250,000 boats of the Laser Class design exist in the world. Originally known as the “Weekender,” the Laser Class boat has been used in the Olympic games for more than 10 years.

The Laser Class sailboat is protected by the rules of the One Design class, which means that each boat is built exactly the same, whether it is new or old. These rules emphasize the skill and technique of the sailor over his or her ability to modify the boat.

The boat has gained a strong reputation for ease of rigging and handling, although competitive Laser sailing requires agility and strength. In addition to the standard Laser rigging, several other variations exist, including the Rooster 8.1, the Laser 4.7, the Laser M, and the Laser Radial. Many young sailors begin with the Laser 4.7 and gradually move up to more difficult riggings as they gain strength and experience.

The Foodie Culture of Traverse City, Michigan, by Stephen Goettle

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

One of America’s favorite vacation spots, Traverse City, Michigan, provides many choices for “foodies.” Its restaurants offer culinary selections to suit any palate. The Grand Traverse Pie Company produces 27 different types of fruit pie, with several variations on common fillings. The city prides itself on the multitude of specialty artisan shops that feature such foods as cured meats, gourmet popcorn, cheeses, homemade ice creams, and fresh-baked bread. Invested in its foodie culture, the town’s official website, TraverseCity.com, publishes a “Self-Guided Foodie Tour” that takes people through its best eateries.

In addition to these shops, every year, the city hosts a weeklong National Cherry Festival where people can buy hundreds of different cherry-based foods, including chocolate-covered cherry pits and cherry-infused soda, wine, mustard, meats, and barbecue sauce.

Breweries also constitute a major portion of the region’s specialties. Short’s Brewery Company develops beers utilizing chocolate, licorice, coffee, orange peel, and a variety of flavors depending on the season. Traverse City’s northern peninsulas serve as its wine country and feature over two dozen wineries complete with tasting rooms. For those who just want to relax, the 125-year-old Sleder’s Family Tavern provides a social atmosphere in a historic setting.

Traverse City contains many more attractions beyond its renowned food and drink. The area’s multiple options for relaxation and outdoor activities include watersports and sailing, as well as golf and hiking destinations.

About the author:

Stephen Goettle serves as an Associate in the Financial Services division at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He often enjoys vacationing in the Traverse City area during the summer.