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"Put your best self forward and approach each day with a
willingness to learn, but, most importantly, always have a
positive attitude."
Marissa LaBelle, an assurance manager at
RSM US LLP, is "self-directed and, at times,
seems to have endless energy," remarked nomi-
nator Kevin Kiss, also an assurance manager at
RSM (and fellow 2017 NYP to Watch!).
She must over the past four years, while work-
ing full-time in accounting, Marissa attained her
J.D. from Quinnipiac University. While earning
that degree, she also served as senator for the
Quinnipiac School of Law Student Bar Associa-
tion and received the Distinguished Academic
Achievement Award for the 2016-2017 year
for the highest grade in the school in one of
her classes.
It's that thirst for knowledge that led her to
accept a three-month "secondment" pro-
gram at RSM UK in its Manchester, England
office this past summer. She spent May through
July working on various audits in the greater
Manchester area.
"Given my weekends were mostly free, I spent
each one going to a different place/country and
ended up visiting somewhere around 10 or 11
countries," Marissa explained.
When she's in her New Haven office and not
traveling the globe, Marissa is busy helping
shape the RSM culture. She serves as a career
adviser for other employees, teaches staff train-
ing, helps with recruiting, and is involved in the
firm's women's leadership program.
"Marissa looks out for the collective culture in
the office," Kevin wrote. "If she sees something
that can be done better, she is not afraid to
speak up."
Outside of the office, Marissa helps fundraise for
Junior Achievement and has also volunteered
for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Habitat
for Humanity. Her older brother, Paul, is also an
active CTCPA member.
The aspect of my work that I find the most challenging is:
prioritizing and organizing each day in order to simultaneously meet
the expectations of my clients, partners, and staff.
The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is:
working with
different people and teams each day and interacting with clients in
several different industries.
If I weren't a CPA, I would be:
a lawyer or brain surgeon.
My first job was:
a cashier at Stop and Shop.
Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
I have ridden snowmobiles and ATVs since a very young age.
When I'm not at work you can find me:
on a plane or driving
somewhere in my car.
The app or website I can't live without is:
My favorite quote is:
"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of
travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time,
to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for
granted." Bill Bryson
My favorite getaway location is:
within the U.S.: Narragansett, RI,
outside the U.S.: England.
The word that best describes me is:
The most interesting/adventurous thing I've ever done was:
accepting a three-month work assignment in England and touring a
new place every weekend.
One of the best gifts I've ever received was:
my family and friends.
At Karaoke Night I would sing:
Journey "Don't Stop Believin.'"
Marissa LaBelle, JD, CPA
Assurance Manager, RSM US LLP, New Haven
Marissa recently completed a three-month assignment
working for RSM UK in its Manchester, England office. She
spent each weekend exploring a different place or country.
Connecticut CPA
January/February 2018