The Tech Talker
Rex Czuba BS'06
Associate, Advisory Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Chicago
“Communication is the most fundamental skill in business.”
The skills Rex Czuba uses the most as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers aren’t from his majors in accounting and international business, or even from his minor in Portuguese. They’re from his Business Communication courses.
“You have to communicate every day, whether it’s building relationships with co-workers or conveying an action item to a client,” he says. “Communication is the most fundamental skill in business.”
Czuba consults with clients on technology-related projects, such as a multinational bank’s efforts to prevent money laundering. “I’m constantly employing the communication skills I learned at IU to create value for our clients,” he says. His responsibilities range from helping a client’s staff resolve technical issues to presenting recommendations to clients. “Because of the training I received at IU, I’m able to stay calm and collected in what could be very intimidating situations.”
C205 Business Communication: Honors and C301 Communication for Accountants taught Czuba to write clearly and concisely, a vital skill in today’s e-mail–centric workplace. They also improved his presentation skills, which he put to good use as a three-time member of Kelley’s xAct (Extreme Accounting) Campus Competition team.
In the xAct competition, Czuba and his teammates were given a pile of documents and a scenario about a made-up country with a big accounting problem. Their mission: analyze the documents, come up with a solution, and present it in 15 minutes to a panel of accounting professionals. Three years in a row, Czuba and the Kelley team advanced to the national finals in New York City, where they presented to some of the biggest names in accounting and met PricewaterhouseCoopers’ national executives.
Czuba interned at PricewaterhouseCoopers the summer before he graduated, which led to a full-time job as a forensic accounting associate. Just four months into his career, he was selected as a recipient of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Chairman’s Award, the company’s most prestigious employee honor. He later transferred to his current position in the Advisory Practice.
At each stop in his young career, Czuba has used lessons he learned at Kelley. “Communication skills are necessary in every job. I’m glad the Kelley School emphasized them.”
Favorite thing about IU: “The professors’ desire to see me succeed. They gave me lots of sound advice and continue to mentor me to this day.”
Cosmopolitan college town: “I really enjoyed the community of Bloomington. It had a small-town feel with many big-city opportunities—not to mention all the great restaurants on Fourth Street.”
I love Iberia: Is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese; spent two years in Portugal as a missionary