During the summer of
2009, there were some star students that showed up and showed out. One
student was a bit quiet, yet his potential was loud and unyielding. Mahesh
Toppae was a tall, slender young man whose future was bright and full of
potential. He was a student at Plano East Senior High School where he was
awarded the opportunity to participate in Dallas ACAP, a summer program
for high school students interested in going to college and majoring in
accounting or other business-related disciplines.
Mahesh’s Home Group
Counselor was the late Ian Jones. His Project Group Counselor was the
smiling and quick witted William (Billy) Threets, who participated with Dallas
ACAP for 10 years. During his week at ACAP, Mahesh managed to walk away as the
Winner of Dallas ACAP’s Financial Game Scholarship Award (awarded to high
school seniors) and was the winner of Dallas ACAP’s Best Male Student
After Dallas ACAP,
Mahesh went on to Texas A&M University where he earned his Bachelor's
Degree in Accounting and Master's Degree in Management Information Systems. He
passed all four parts of the CPA Examination. While in college, Mahesh interned
at Weaver, LLP in their advisory practice. Although he worked hard to finish
his degrees within four (4) years, one would still find Mahesh on the tennis
courts teaching basic skills, or tutoring others in the areas of Business
Calculus I & II, Business Statistics, Computer Applications, Finance,
Accounting, and MIS.
So where is Mahesh now?
Currently, he is working at Weaver, LLP, which is the largest independent
public accounting firm in the Southwest Region. Weaver offers assurance, advisory, and tax
Mahesh is an Associate
Auditor in the Financial Institutions Consulting Services. As an auditor,
Mahesh mostly specializes in auditing banks, insurance companies, and trust
companies, and engages in SOX and FDICIA audits.Mahesh has also passed one part of the CIA
Examination and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Mahesh’s advice to
current Dallas ACAP students is: “Accounting is a great route if you have an
interest in the corporate world. It will equip you with the basic fundamentals
and skills to be successful in the future. Majoring in accounting was one of
the best decisions I made, since it opened a plethora of career opportunities.
One advice I would give to recent high school graduates or young college
students is to start planning your future objectives such as career paths of
your interest, and what classes you can take to better hone your skills to
achieve your professional goals.”
If you would like to
continue to follow Mahesh Toppae, CPA, he can be found on Facebook. If you’re
interested in reaching out to him, please contact Mr. Odell Brown.
Join us next month for
another overview of a former Dallas ACAP Student and ”Where Are They
Now”? For further information on Dallas ACAP, go to www.dallasacap.com. For more information on the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA), see www.nabadfw.org.