As the first person in his family to attend college, Ray Garcia ’90 has a deep appreciation for his education and the professional success that it has enabled. Today, as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Garcia says he wants to give others the same shot at success: he has recently partnered with his firm to establish the Lisa and Ray Garcia ’90/PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship in Accounting with a $25,000 gift to Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
“We appreciate the Garcias’ investment in our students,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “Their generosity will provide a wonderful opportunity for a young man or woman to get a first-class education at Mays.”
Garcia has been with PwC since he graduated from A&M nearly 19 years ago. Currently a partner and the market assurance leader for the audit practice in his Houston office, Garcia believes it was good fortune as well as hard work that have enabled his success. Through his gift, Garcia intends to provide a measure of good fortune to current business students, but says it will be up to them to work hard and create their own success. With that combination, students have the potential to go far, he says. “I’m an example of thatâ€¦That’s why I think it’s important for me to give back.”
As a recruiter at A&M for his firm, Garcia enjoys staying active on campus and in the lives of students. He is a frequent guest lecturer in accounting classes and says that he appreciates the opportunity to give real-world application to the concepts students are learning in their coursework. Garcia says that through these roles, he is fortunate to be able to create relationships with young Aggies and then to watch them join his firm and continue to grow and mature professionally and personally. “Through my being active at A&Mâ€¦I’ve been able to touch a lot of lives,” he said. “It rejuvenates me each year as I meet new students in the recruiting process. It’s really something that keeps me young and alive.”
Garcia serves on the accounting board of advisors at Mays, as well as the boards of the Coastal Conservation Association and INROADS, an organization devoted to helping minority students find internships in business. He and wife, Lisa, have one daughter, Macy, who is a senior in high school. She hopes to attend A&M in the fall. The family resides in Clear Lake, Texas.
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