On a last-minute application, Téa (Blaceri) Gennaro left her small town in Albania and entered the United States. She bravely said goodbye to friends and family, leaving the only life she’d known to pursue her education at a Christian college. “You could say that God was there to give me clarity from day one,” said the 2004 PCC graduate.
The vivacious teen quickly picked up English, but her real passion lay in numbers. As an accounting major, Téa learned more than calculus, business law, and financial planning. She said, “In accounting it is imperative to display a strong work ethic, but it is especially important to be honest and ethical. The education I received at PCC is the foundation I have built upon in the work force.”
After graduation, Téa accepted a job as a staff accountant at a company in Virginia. She enjoyed the experience, but her ultimate goal went beyond that office. “I knew I wanted to be a CFO since the first week in my very first official job as an accountant. I have worked toward this goal ever since.”
While still working, she pursued an advanced degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as well as CPA certification. With an M.B.A. in hand, after graduation she took a position as a senior finance accounting manager and later on a controller position with a CPA firm for a company in Washington, D.C. She used her skills to manage client relationships and analyze monthly and quarterly financial statements. With care and precision, she developed and monitored the company’s budgets while she prepared and delivered monthly and quarterly financial statements as well as the annual audit. She was also responsible for filing the company’s taxes each year.
In 2013, Téa accepted a job with her current employer—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). It was similar to the work she had done at her previous job, only on a larger scale—she was now the Senior Director and Controller. Here she managed the accounting finance department and mentored staff, all while overseeing the finance and accounting divisions at ABC National and its affiliates.
Then, in October of 2017, Téa’s dream came true—ABC promoted her to Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, she manages the accounting, finance, and facilities functions, reporting directly to the president and the CEO. She said, “My favorite part about the CFO role is the option to wear many hats and work on different tasks every day. I get to work on not only numbers, but also on strategy, and my days are never the same.”
Recently, Téa received the Trending 40 Association and Nonprofit Finance Leaders Award from DCA Live, a news publication based out of Washington, D.C. “PCC’s program prepared me for my current work by instilling in me a great work ethic. I learned to take responsibility for my work and be fully committed.”