As senior associate in the Tangible Asset Valuation group of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS LLP), Ray Gensler’ 07 has traveled all over the country and even to Europe a few times, touring production facilities and talking to members of management in order to learn about their business and assets.
Not bad for the former Colonials defensive lineman, who had never ventured far from home before coming to Robert Morris University.
The knowledge and experiences I gained at Robert Morris University provided me with the stepping stones I needed to grow as a leader and to venture to places I’d never been before,” says Ray. “I am thankful for my accomplishments since graduation.”
Because of his accomplishments both in the classroom and on the football field, Ray was one of the students selected for RMU’s “Faces of Success” marketing campaign back in 2006. During his senior year, Ray, a manufacturing engineering major with a 3.91 GPA, earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors and Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete honors. On the football field, he led the NEC in sacks with 11, which tied the Robert Morris single-season record. Over the course of his career, he finished with 183 tackles, including 75 solo.
But Ray would probably say his most important accomplishment was landing a dream job with the Pittsburgh office of Deloitte FAS LLP, even before he graduated.
At Deloitte, Ray performs and coordinates real- and personal-property valuation consulting for a global array of clients. He also prepares value opinions related to acquisitions; impairment-based studies; merger and acquisition due diligence; tax planning; insurable value; bankruptcy and fresh start accounting; and reorganization purposes. He also assists the audit teams of Deloitte & Touche LLP as an internal fair value specialist, performing review work of third-party fair value estimates.
In 2009, Ray was promoted to senior associate within the same group, where he mentors junior staff (including associates and interns), has additional direct contact with the clients, and assists management with project management. He is also a licensed real-estate appraiser trainee in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and has been involved with several national initiatives within Deloitte FAS LLP, such as helping to develop and maintain the national M&E (machinery and equipment) model.
In June of 2008, Ray married his high school sweetheart, Katelyn, who works as a 7th-Grade reading teacher in the Bethel Park School District. They now live in Green Tree with their golden retriever, Shelby, and are currently expecting their first child in early July.
“I am very excited to be a father and to start this new chapter of my life,” says Ray.
Building on the education he received at RMU, Ray has taken several courses with the American Society of Appraisers and the Appraisal Institute, and he is currently on target to graduate with an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh this summer.
“Which will be just in time for me to start my fatherly duties,” he says.
by Valentine J. Brkich