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Kevin Busick

Kevin Busick

B&E alum makes strides as CPA, CFA and advocate for financial literacy

January 27, 2017

“I think the best thing that ever happened to me was getting denied from the University of Notre Dame. If I would have been accepted, I would have gone, but I’m so happy I got denied because I came here.”

Those are the words of Kevin Busick as he describes what it means to be a Mountaineer. The 2012 accounting and finance graduate of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics said his time at WVU set the groundwork for a wonderful life. 

When most dual accounting and finance degree graduates enter the workforce, these go-getters continue on to earn either their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certifications. But post-graduation and as a Mountaineer, Busick stood apart and earned both designations.

“I see it as a completion to both my degrees. I remember writing a paper when I was in school saying I wanted to get both at some point, so it was nice to finally complete that goal,” he said.

Busick, a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, is a controller for the USSE2 O&M Services, which has the Site Operations Services contract with the United States Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown. As a controller, Busick put his dual degrees and designations to work.

“I’m in charge of all the budgeting of the projects. Making sure we stay on cost, do variance analysis, budget the actual and do all the accounting as well, do the financial statements, take care of payroll,” he stated.

He finds each area of his job rewarding, but knowing that he is helping to ensure NETL employees the livelihood they deserve is at the top.

“[My favorite part of the job is] just getting to help people make sure they’re getting their pay on time and correctly because it’s a big deal. No one likes to have an incorrect paycheck. Even if it’s off by five cents or 10 cents, it doesn’t have that security that you’re getting paid right,” he said. “If something is messed up, you know if you call me, it will be fixed next paycheck no questions asked. I don’t think getting paid should be a worry in your life.”

Busick’s passion for this accounting and financial analysis work stems back to childhood. He says he can remember trying to negotiate a higher wage for doing chores with his mother, which he said didn’t go over so well.

“It started when my grandma gave me Christmas gift – it was a stock certificate. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I started talking to my dad some more. My dad was a banker. My uncle was in insurance, and then my brother went to school for business as well. It’s kind of a family deal,” he said. “I really never wavered from what I wanted to do since I was a kid, which is nice. I came to school, knew what I wanted to do and did it.”

And one of only a handful of CFAs in the Morgantown area, this B&E alumnus takes this passion one step further, working with the CFA Society of Pittsburgh to encourage high school and college students throughout the region to become financially literate.

“The high school program teaches students more about credit cards, debt, tax returns and budgeting. The college one is a competition where you do a personal financial statement on yourself. You analyze your student debt, what you’ll have accrued coming out of school, how much you’re going to make and just giving everyone a real look at what’s going on to make them accountable for the next five years,” he said. “It really helps because if you’re not financially literate when you come out you could be in for a world of hurt, getting cars you can’t afford, racking up credit card debt. It would really help the economy if more students coming out were more financially literate.”

While he wants college and high school students to learn financial stability, he says his best piece of advice is to not only work hard right now, but have fun.

“Have fun now because when you come out you’re going to have to work hard. Unfortunately for our generation, they don’t expect much out of us. It’s bad to say, but they call us ‘the participation trophy’ generation, and it’s not true,” he said. “Just believe in yourself. It all comes together, it really does. Every day is a new day.”