Alex Fredericks ’95

Alex Fredericks started his career at EY and hasn’t looked back.

Alex Fredericks '95He can’t. He doesn’t have time. Besides being partner and transaction accounting leader in EY’s financial accounting advisory services practice (which assists companies with capital markets and other complex transactions), Fredericks gives of himself. He gives back to EY by regularly mentoring young people at the firm. The School of Business, the University at Albany, the Boy Scouts and the community he grew up in have also benefited from his open-handed outlook.

Fredericks made partner quickly, an accomplishment he is proud of. He immediately put that partnership to work for the School of Business, coordinating the annual EY matching gift program. Under Fredericks’ care, the EY Initiative raised more than $625,000 in seven years.

Of EY, Fredericks said, “It’s been an outstanding experience. I’ve been able to change it up. There has been no reason to leave.” One way that the accounting grad changed it up was through a three-year-residency in the EY National Office. Through it, he became a subject matter specialist in consolidation and financial instrument matters. What he likes about that, of course, is sharing the knowledge with clients and his EY team and assisting them with complex transactions.

Fredericks has been involved with the School of Business since his student days. He is a regular presence on campus, recruiting students for internships and positions at EY, and speaking at events including the junior accounting orientation. The EY partner supports the school and the university through serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Accounting Advisory Board. In January, he emceed the annual alumni-student mixer, Network New York City.

Fredericks said, “Everyone knows that UA provides a good start.” What he liked best about UAlbany, besides well-preparing him for a career in public accounting, was bonding and connecting with his fellow students. His advice to today’s students? “Take networking opportunities seriously. Don’t be bashful. Be memorable. You don’t know whether someone can help you down the road.”

Fredericks lives in the Long Island town he grew up in, Wantagh, with his wife Christine and two children, Jake, age 2 and Austin, age 4. By the time you read this, there will be a new baby in the Fredericks’ household. A former Eagle Scout, Fredericks serves on the board of directors for the Greater New York Boy Scouts Council. Also, he is a volunteer fireman for the Wantagh Fire Department. His hobbies are “Whatever the kids want to do,” and attending Yankees and Giants games.