Kendrick Coleman, CPA, a staff accountant in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at RubinBrown, was recently honored at the St. Louis Business Journal’s annual 30 Under 30 awards banquet at .ZACK for his professional achievements and contributions to the St. Louis community. The 2017 class of honorees was chosen by a panel of previous 30 Under 30 winners and the Business Journal editorial board out of more than 400 nominations.
“We are so proud of Kendrick and his accomplishments at RubinBrown,” said John Herber, Chairman and Managing Partner, RubinBrown. “He continues to impress us with his talent as an accountant and his dedication to mentoring minority youth. Kendrick is a great example of character and leadership, and he has been a true asset to our company.”
Coleman started his career at RubinBrown as an intern and was hired on as a full-time employee in 2012. In his role, Coleman manages and coordinates the planning and performing of reviews, compilations and tax planning for clients. He prepares financial statements and federal, state and local tax returns for the transportation and dealership industry.
He was selected to represent RubinBrown as a member of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative, an exclusive group that brings together minority professionals for leadership training. In this role, Coleman is learning how to build a successful diversity and inclusion program that he can then implement at RubinBrown to help attract, retain and advance talented, minority employees.
One of Coleman’s passions is mentoring minority youth. He volunteers with InSight St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting students from historically black colleges and universities to the St. Louis region to live and work. He is a part of the organization’s Career Exploration Trip, where he helps minority students learn and develop interviewing skills, and helps connect them to companies and place them in careers in the St. Louis area.
Additionally, he is involved with the Accounting Career Awareness Program, a partnership between the National Association of Black Accountants and Harris Stowe University in St. Louis. Coleman works with local high school students to mentor them on career paths and expose them to jobs in the accounting and financial industry. He sets up opportunities for these students to tour different accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies in the St. Louis area, as a way to get them excited and thinking about college and careers after high school. He uses his own background and career success as an example of what these students can accomplish.
Coleman serves as a Student Liaison for the Central Region Student Conference of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and is the immediate past treasurer of the St. Louis Chapter of NABA. For the past two years, he has also served on the NAACP East St. Louis executive committee, where he plans and operates in an accounting role for the annual banquet fundraiser. Additionally, Coleman is a member of the United Way Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society, one of the largest African American giving societies. Along with his monetary contributions, he also sat on a focus group panel to help develop a plan to get more black youth involved and started a mentorship program with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Coleman is a certified public accountant in Missouri and Illinois. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Accountancy – Taxation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
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