Employee Spotlight: Brian Milner

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Our Bridgepoint crew is a talented and unique group of savvy pros. Ever wonder what it’s like to work at our management consulting firm? Here’s a peek at a day in the life of a Consultant.

Hi, I’m Brian, and I work in Bridgepoint’s Financial Consulting Practice in Austin. I’ve been a member of the Bridgepoint team for a year and a half.

At Bridgepoint, I’m responsible for…

Financial Planning & Analysis consulting. I’ve enjoyed working on a wide range of projects and have helped our clients with a variety of needs including cash flow modeling, forecasting, and commission analytics.

I got my role at Bridgepoint…

by applying through Indeed. Consulting is something I’ve always been interested in as it offers the ability to work with different companies and industries. When I was looking to transition my career I was ultimately won over by the people at Bridgepoint. The excitement of working with such a great team is the reason I chose to join.

My morning routine is…

Generally, most mornings (not every morning) I go for a run with my dog, grab breakfast and then head into work for the day.

A typical working day for me may consist of…

First thing I do is check my schedule and my emails. Once I have cleared out my inbox, I go and get coffee, and then spend the rest of the morning getting my critical tasks done and prepare for any meetings that day. I spend the rest of the day finishing anything that needs to be done and communicating with the client if there is anything else they need help with.

Something people don’t know about my role is…

the success of my work heavily depends on clear and consistent communication. I think people often idealize finance and accounting professionals as very introverted excel nerds who would rather be confined to their cubicle or office. The truth is that excel models cannot reflect accurate financials and/or analysis, without first listening to the client’s needs and consistently communicating changes, reviews, etc. Without building strong relationships to facilitate communication, our work in finance and accounting will not be a value add for decision-makers.

My proudest moment at Bridgepoint was…

when I was fortunate enough to work with two other wonderful Bridgepointers on a Revenue Recognition (ASC 606) implementation. It was a fun and energetic environment because we all had the same drive to get the work done accurately and efficiently while getting to know each other. We worked hard to implement ASC 606, and that first month-end close when all the pieces were in place was extraordinarily rewarding. I am very proud of the work I did to help make that possible!

The thing I like most about working at Bridgepoint is…

that our employees are highly valued by the organization and our clients. The Principals want people who work for Bridgepoint to be happy and successful. I feel fortunate that I can have clear and honest communication about my goals, expectations, and struggles with the Principals. It makes me feel like the hard work I put in is valued and encouraged.

Social causes that I am passionate about are…

Jolt Action 501c(4). As the Board President, I enjoy taking part in our movement to empower voters by volunteering at fundraisers, voter registration events, and speaking about advocacy issues we are committed to. This work is important to me because as the daughter of poor and under-educated Mexican immigrants, I know the struggles we faced are common across many communities. My education and voice can encourage us, and help to unite and uplift us so that future generations benefit from the foundation we build today.

On the weekend, you’ll find me…

sitting around like a couch potato with my dogs and husband, and other times I am up and about getting yard work and chores done around the house. One thing for certain is that on Saturday mornings you might catch a glimpse of me running around Austin with a running group called Austin Fit. On Sundays, I am usually at the clay studio perfecting my form on the pottery wheel. The weekends are my favorite time of the week because the possibilities of things to do are endless!

If I wasn’t doing this as a career, I’d be…

a performer or writer of some kind. It’s fun to engage with audiences and get to tell my story or any story from my perspective.

The best career or leadership advice I’ve ever been given was…

“You can do it/Si se puede” and “You’re amazing”

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