Janet Wong
Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumna 2003, Janet WongIn recognition of her successful career, generous spirit and college loyalty, Shreveport native Janet Wong has been named the 2003 College of Business Alumna of the Year.

“Being at Louisiana Tech was a wonderful learning experience with many good memories that include making new friends and absorbing the knowledge and experience of my professors in the CAB,” Ms. Wong said.

Wong’s interest and career in public accounting began at the age of 16 when she worked part-time for Sandifer and Sandifer CPAs of Shreveport and continued working through quarter breaks while studying at Tech. Upon completing the five-year master’s in professional accountancy program in 1981, Wong worked for a local accounting firm in Shreveport. In 1983, she was hired by one of the Big 8 accounting firms, Touche Ross, in Kansas City. Family commitments and an offer from another Big 8 accounting firm, KPMG, LLP, brought her home to Shreveport in 1985.

A challenge and new opportunities sent her west to San Francisco where she was elected to the KPMG partnership in 1995. Today, as partner, Ms. Wong oversees corporate tax strategies from the Silicon Valley office as part of KPMG’s information, communications and entertainment practice. This area is responsible for providing service strategies that help leading-edge producers of technology products and services stay at the top of their markets.

“My CAB accounting professor, Dr. Charles E. Cato, talked in class about working at a Big 8 CPA firm, and how difficult it is to reach partnership,” Ms. Wong said. “I knew that I wanted to be a partner in one of the Big 8 firms. I had several mentors along the way who helped provide me the career advice to achieve my goal.”

Ms. Wong has held several leadership positions within KPMG that focused on the tax needs of entities such as Siemens Corp., Cisco Systems, IBM, and Pixar Animation Studios. Her knowledge on accounting and tax issues has been tapped by publications including USA Today and Investor’s Business Daily. She formerly conducted a regular tax segment on KTBS-TV in Shreveport.

Ms. Wong is a charter member of the CAB Advisory Board, where she continues to be an active, vital participant. She is a member of the California Society of CPAs, American Woman’s Society of CPAs, and AICPA.

An active volunteer, Ms. Wong shares her expertise with Tax-Aid, a San Francisco Bay-area organization which provides free tax return assistance to low-income individuals and families. She is a former Tax-Aid board member, and for the past three years has worked as a site volunteer reviewing tax returns and providing technical advice to other volunteer tax preparers.

She also volunteers with several charity organizations through KPMG’s INVOLVE program. One of several charities she works with is the Second Harvest Food Bank where she prepares food for distribution to needy families.

Her spirit of service was evident in her college days as well. She was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honor society partly designed to encourage service as the basis of the accounting profession. During her last year at Tech, she served as president for the society.

Ms. Wong was also a member of the Accounting Club and the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and served on Tech's Union Board. Her campus activities gave her the opportunity to met and work with fellow CAB students as well as students from other colleges.

Malcolm Murchison ('74), a partner with the Shreveport law firm Lemie and Kelleher, is an admirer and dear friend -- even with the distance. "Janet and her husband, Ron, have been good friends with my wife Brenda and me since 1985. We met in a Bible study class at First Baptist Church in Shreveport," Murchison recalled.

"Our common Tech experiences were the building blocks for our friendship. That friendship continues despite Janet's move to KPMG's offices in the Silicon Valley because of the efforts she makes to stay in touch. The things she is able to do beyond the work place always amaze me. Louisiana Tech and the CAB are lucky to have such an ambassador in the business world like Janet."

While serving on the Union Board, she met future husband Ron Mullins, also a 1981 Tech graduate. They have been married for 23 years, and reside in Atherton, California where Mr. Mullins is an associate vice president with Morgan Stanley.

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