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Distinguished Alumni: Ralph Conner

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Accounting, 1988

From experience, Ralph Conner knew that the best way to achieve his life goals would be through higher education. Conner worked in the orchards of the Yakima Valley while attending night school at the local community college. Just before he turned 30, he transferred to Central Washington University to earn his degree in accounting and passed the Certified Public Accounting exam, all while working full time.

Conner believes that CWU offers quality education and that the accounting program prepared him for rigors in the competitiveness of the industry. Not only did CWU’s business program contribute to his success, but also the advice from his accounting professors, such as Karen Martinis, Gary Heesacker, and Patrick O’Shaughnessy, helped launch his career.

Upon graduation in 1988, he accepted a position with a local accounting firm in Yakima that later merged with LeMaster Daniels. He worked there for nearly 20 years and eventually became an owner of the firm. In 2010, the firm merged with Clifton Larson Allen where Conner is currently a principal. He manages the Yakima office while overseeing the non-profit/public sector practice for the entire Pacific Northwest region, which is the number one public sector practice across Clifton Larson Allen.

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