Anthony Kendall

BUSINESS: Public accounting firm
TITLE: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
EDUCATION: BS, MBA, Binghamton University; Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program
WHAT I’M READING: Rainmaking Conversations, by Mike Schultz & John E. Doerr
INTERESTS: I enjoy running (I’ve run the New York City and other marathons), collecting rare coins, and African art

How has the civil rights movement affected you personally?

My perspective of the civil rights movement is through the lens of my grandparents, parents, and older siblings. I learned from all of them that with determination, perseverance, and commitment you could succeed and overcome adversity while maintaining your dignity at all times.

How do you give back to the African American community?

I invest in all communities, including the African American communities where I was raised, through my time, talent, and financial resources.

I also mentor youth at risk because I believe they are this country’s greatest untapped resource and talent.

Are there any words of wisdom you would like to pass along to our readers?

Commit yourself to a life of learning and remember life is a journey with many challenges. However, none of those challenges are insurmountable if you trust yourself and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices. It is important to believe that tomorrow can be better than today.