Cole builds successful business career

By Barrett Packard

Oklahoma Christian University sees its fair share of incredible alumni who are successful in their fields of work and who serve as Christian role models in their workplace.

Each year, OC is able to recognize some of those individuals at the annual Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony. OC’s College of Business Administration chose Matt Cole as one of its alumni honorees in 2014.

Matt graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and went on to work as a staff auditor for Deloitte, a Big Four accounting firm. He now works for HSPG & Associates, PC in Oklahoma City.

“OC’s introductory accounting classes introduced me to the world of accounting and the overall program helped lay a solid foundation from which to build on as I entered the workforce.” Matt Cole

Matt attributes much of his success to OC’s accounting program.

“OC’s introductory accounting classes introduced me to the world of accounting and the overall program helped lay a solid foundation from which to build on as I entered the workforce,” Matt said. “Critical to OC’s program is their encouragement to go into the workforce to find internships during your junior and senior years.”

Through his internships, Matt gained experience, developed his resume, and forged important relationships that helped him get a strong start in business world.

Matt gives back to the program by serving on the Accounting Advisory Board for OC’s College of Business Administration. He is highly regarded by his former professors.

“Matt was an outstanding accounting student at OC during this time here,” accounting professor Elaine Kelly said. “He was very dedicated, sincere, and graduated with a high point grade average.”

Those characteristics and more have helped give Matt a successful accounting career. He says his faith is the defining characteristic of his life, which he asserts helps makes him a better businessman as well.

“My faith is critical in determining my value system, which is fundamental when working through the various decisions made everyday,” he said.