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Chris Loesch grew up in Galt, attending Valley Oaks Elementary School, Greer Middle School, and finally graduating from Galt High School in 2001. Following their recent nuptials, Loesch now lives with his wife Sharyne in Los Angeles and is Assurance Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (EY).
Loesch comes from a family of educators. His mother has been a teacher in Galt for 25 years, and together his grandparents have more than 60 years’ teaching experience. So Loesch never took for granted the importance of education, but when he looks back at the lessons learned in high school, he points to the lessons of time management and communication he gained while balancing his academic and extracurricular schedules.
“I played basketball and baseball all four years of high school. We won the SVC league JV championship in baseball my sophomore year,” Loesch recalled. “I was also active with the Letterman’s Honor Society and the Key Club.”
When he graduated from GHS in 2001, Loesch knew he wanted to have a career in the business world, but didn’t have a clear idea of what form that would take.
“Looking back, if you were to tell me on the day of my GHS graduation that this was the career I would have, I wouldn’t have been surprised,” he said.
Loesch attended the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with his B.A. in business economics and a minor in accounting in 2005. The summer following his sophomore year, he had the chance to accept an internship with the city of Galt finance department.
“This was my first direct hands-on experience with accounting and finance, and I am thankful to this day for the opportunities that group allowed me to have that summer,” he said.
Following his junior year of college, Loesch accepted a second internship, this time with EY at the Los Angeles Assurance practice.
“I was able to work on multiple clients spanning different industries and had a chance to experience first-hand what a day in the life of a staff accountant at one of the largest professional services firms in the world was like,” Loesch said.
At the conclusion of the internship, he was offered a full-time position to start the fall after his graduation. Now, Loesch has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California for over 10 years and has been working at EY for 14 years.
“EY is a global leader in Assurance, Tax, Transaction and Advisory services … We work with over 200,000 clients, including 78 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and 65 percent of the Forbes Global 2000. Our purpose is to build a better working world for our clients, our people and our communities,” Loesch explained. “A common misconception, even among my family and friends, is that all CPAs do is taxes. While EY does provide tax services on tax related issues, taxes are only one aspect of the many things we do for our clients.”
In his current position as an Assurance Senior Manager, his work is specialized on clients in the media and entertainment industry. This position has given him unique insights into the modern entertainment industry and the economics of the film and television markets.
“My job responsibilities include providing high quality audit services to my clients, as well as mentoring and coaching professionals on my teams,” he said. “I help our clients comply with audit standards, provide a robust and clear perspective to audit committees and critical information for all stakeholders.”
The somewhat unpredictable nature of his work and the revolving door of tasks, calls and meetings keeps Loesch engaged and excited about his work. He is looking forward to continuing his career with EY, growing with his current clients, and building new business relationships in the future.
Away from the office, Loesch enjoys traveling and sampling new restaurants with his wife. He continues his high school love of sports by playing softball in his free time.
“I consider myself fortunate to have lived about half my life in Galt and half my life in Los Angeles, being able to experience the best that both communities have to offer,” he said.