Meet the Member: Jay Snyder

Jay Snyder
BBI - Big Blue Innovations

1. When did you become a CFMA member?
Longtime participant with CFMA through past employers like FMI, but a recent individual member (2022).

2. How did you get into accounting?
[My] MBA from Emory University opened my eyes to the complexity of finance in business and industry.

3. What career advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Do not worry about being a specialist or generalist, follow your interest. You will eventually become an impactful industry generalist later in your career by having been a specialist who deeply studies and understands the relationship of that specialty with industry adjacencies, functions and stakeholders.

4. What are you reading right now?
The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders

5. What is one thing you have to have with you in meetings?
A clear head.

6. What have you learned about being a leader?
With employees, listen and offer the benefit of the doubt. With clients, listen, earn trust, be impactful, otherwise don't show up.

7. What is something you can never over-invest in?
Family time and memories

8. What is something that you learned recently that impressed you or blew your mind?
Shark population - 1 billion! We have barely explored the oceans.

9. Do you have any regrets?
No. Don't live with regrets, learn from missteps and do better.

10. What do you want to be remembered for?
Impact and kindness