Alumni Spotlight: Mr. Stephen Koinis - '07
Mr. Stephen Koinis is a licensed CPA for the state of Michigan, currently he is a manager in the Assurance practice with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Mr. Koinis graduated NMU in 2007 with a dual major in accounting and finance. Attending NMU was an easy decision for Mr. Koinis because his father, Tim, (’77), uncle, Tom Ungrodt (’76) and two aunts, Connie Thompson (’75) and Diane (Thompson) Ungrodt (’76) were students at NMU in the early ‘70s. Mr. Koinis took the outdoors into consideration when choosing NMU—he loves the outdoors and enjoys alpine skiing during the winter months.
Mr. Koinis was involved on campus by having an active role in student organizations and sports. He was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, serving as president in the spring of 2006.He was a “brother” of Lambda Chi Apha, serving as president in 2005-2006. Mr. Koinis was also involved in the Men’s Club Alpine Ski Team and Men’s Club Soccer Team.
When asked did NMU help prepare you for future endeavors Mr. Koinis replied “…I give the most credit to the leadership opportunities of student organizations that provided me with insight on how to motivate people, how to recognize and reward talent and the importance of doing the right thing for the organization as a whole.” Mr. Koinis credits his professors for structuring their lesson plans around real world examples. Because of the diversity of NMU’s campus “You learn to connect with individuals of different backgrounds early on and because of that, I believe that has served me well in developing relationships in both the professional and personal environment.”
Mr. Koinis regards the summer of 2005 as his favorite NMU memory, “Great weather, great friends, and the Marquette outdoors combine for a summer I’ll never forget.” His biggest accomplishment while at NMU “would have to be convincing the lovely Ms. Rachel Peterson to accompany me to lunch at Togo’s Sub Shop…She has been an important part of my life ever since.” Mr. Koinis stays connected with NMU by communicating with the accounting faculty to identify candidates for PwC. He has also recently volunteered to be a mentor for College of Business students.
In the past Mr. Koinis collaborated with “Ford Motor Company, PwC and the Department of Energy to provide third party assurance on the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program funded by Congress in 2008 in an effort to promote fuel efficiency and reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil. It was the first of its kind of the firm and the industry.” Currently, he is working with SEC registrants in the automotive and industrial products industry to guarantee that financial information given to the public and other stakeholders is accurate and dependable.
Mr. Koinis has recently taken on a role as board member and finance committee member of Michigan Ability Partners (MAP). MAP partners with veterans and people with disabilities in support of their self-directed transformation to self-sufficiency. Mr. Koinis aspires to become a financial controller and work toward a CFO role in the future.
When asked about his family Mr. Koinis indicated his father has been his biggest fan, his mother was an amazing woman and his sister has been a huge supporter.