Walsh College

Applauding Alumni: Shaniece Bennett MBA '04, CPA

 

Shaniece founded Accutrak Services, a Michigan based accounting and tax services firm. She combines her 17 year professional expertise with charisma while helping others achieve business, financial, and personal goals. She is noted for her personal approach and going beyond the numbers to add additional value. Her areas of expertise include individual and small business taxation, accounting, payroll, full-cycle cost control, budgeting and forecasting, administration, and training.

Prior to founding Accutrak Services, Shaniece spent nearly seven years at Chrysler where she worked in accounting and finance. She has developed and managed budgets in excess of $70 million, prepared and secured capital appropriation requests exceeding $9 million, and maintained records for capital assets exceeding $320 million. She also worked in public accounting at a local accounting firm. Shaniece was an internal audit intern at General Motors. She also worked as a customer service representative and billing specialist at DTE Energy.

Shaniece graduated with honors from Wayne State University (Bachelor in Finance) and Walsh College (MBA). Shaniece is licensed in the State of Michigan as a Certified Public Accountant. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and she has taught accounting, financial management and economic courses to future business professionals as an adjunct instructor.


We sat down with Shaniece and asked her a few questions:

What struggles did you go through during your time as a student? After graduation? How did you get through these struggles?

I had to work full-time as a student – balancing work, school, & relationships was a struggle. After graduation, I struggled with plugging into networks – prior to becoming an entrepreneur, I had no networks. I was driven by my “Why” in life – this is how I got through.

Where is your field headed?

Our industry is heavily invested in the use of data analytics. We are looking for proactive ways incorporate analytics in our projections for clients.

What is the best business advice you have ever received?/ What advice would you give a new alum or current student?

The best advice I ever received was to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The best advice I could give: Always remember why you do what you do. It will bring you through the valleys and keep you from falling off the peaks.


Shaniece is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Association of CPAs (MiCPA), the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and Women-in-Defense organizations. She is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), Certified Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), and SBA certified 8(a) designated firm. She is a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni and faculty member. She is the Accounting Executive in Residence for the MacombOU Incubator. Shaniece is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Detroit New Leader’s Council. She serves as a loan committee member of the Detroit MicroEnterprise Fund and finance committee person for the Junior League of Detroit. She serves as a member of the Chesterfield Twp. Water and Sewer Rate Advisory Board and Small Practitioner’s Task Force for the MiCPA. Shaniece continues to educate and advocate on behalf of small businesses by offering services and training via agencies including: MDOT, DEGC, SDBA, MEDC, Detroit Foodlab, Detroit Development Fund, and Motor City Match Programs.





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