Accounting students receive honors from Financial Executives International

The Financial Executives International (FEI) Detroit Chapter recognized undergraduate student Frank Serraiocco and graduate student Monica Dejonghe for their hard work, dedication and substantial accomplishments in accounting during the FEI Academic Awards Night Dinner on March 14th at the Detroit Athletic Club. Every year, one undergraduate and one graduate student are selected from each business school in southeastern Michigan to receive this prestigious award.

Serraiocco showed his gratitude for the recognition, giving his word that he will go above and beyond his duties throughout his career. “When I found out that I would be receiving the award, I was rather surprised because I never expected to be recognized publicly for my achievements,” he said. “I am honored that the school and FEI feel that I am worthy of such recognition and I hope that I can return the favor by striving for excellence throughout my career. I sincerely thank them for their acknowledgement.”

Established in 1931, FEI strives for international recognition as the leading association for senior-level financial executives. Through interaction, information, influence and integrity, the organization continues to build connections among members. FEI aims to mold talented students into leaders of the future.

"As the financial podium in Southeast Michigan, FEI Detroit is committed to identifying and cultivating the future leaders of our profession," said Sally Brandtneris, the chapter’s president. "The FEI Detroit Chapter academic awards provide a chance for us to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of local finance and accounting scholars. We would like to congratulate this year's FEI Detroit Scholars on their excellent work and dedication."

“I was very excited to learn I was selected to receive the FEI award. I wasn't expecting it, but I was happy to receive an award from such a well-respected association,” a humble Dehonghe said. “The MSA program has been challenging, so it feels good to be recognized for my academic performance and to represent Wayne State.”

“Frank and Monica have demonstrated their proficiency in the accounting discipline,” said School of Business Administration Dean Margaret Williams. “This latest recognition from the Detroit Chapter of Financial Executives International confirms their abilities and their promise for long and rewarding careers in this highly competitive business profession. As dean, it is very rewarding to watch our students succeed.”

Financial Executives International is the leading supporter for the views of corporate financial management. FEI improves members’ professional growth through peer networking, career management services, conferences, teleconferences and publications. With over 216 members, the Detroit Chapter represents an extensive range of companies and industries in Southeast Michigan. From large public companies to smaller privately held businesses, the FEI Detroit Chapter offers a great opportunity to share experiences and obtain connections with local financial leaders, colleagues and peers. Learn more about FEI here.