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Member Spotlight: Andrew “Mons” Mansaray

May 13, 2024

Andrew “Mons” Mansaray

Director of Talent Acquisition – DOZ

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You recruit talent into the accounting profession. What is your favorite part of your job?
I get to experience many exciting opportunities, but nothing compares to the joy I feel when I can contribute meaningfully to someone’s journey towards fulfilling their dreams and reaching their fullest potential. Since I began recruiting in 2016, it has been fascinating to witness the cool paths people have taken since our initial meeting on campus.

How did you get into recruitment?
Woo-wee, this story could be a novel! I graduated with an accounting degree and completed my MBA while playing football at UIndy (go Hounds!) before launching my career at PwC in audit. While I was a decent auditor, I discovered my true strengths were listening, communication and empathy. Taking a leap of faith, I transitioned into recruiting, leaving all my degrees behind. The transition felt natural, and I found my calling. My entire career has been in public accounting, and I truly believe it’s the best place to start your career if you major in accounting.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the profession?
It’s the same mantra I repeat to myself when I’m out golfing or running: “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.” Looking back, I realize I was in a big rush to climb the corporate ladder and chase after the next title or promotion—I often forgot to appreciate and enjoy the ride. Early in your career, it’s crucial to take the time to truly understand the what and why of your job. This is one of the few times where asking numerous questions is not only acceptable but encouraged. Within a couple of years, you’ll find yourself in leadership roles, tasked with guiding others through the same processes, so you need to be able to explain what you have learned.

After playing football in college, you’ve continued to stay active by running. Where are you in your photo?
I’m spending time at one of my favorite places in Indianapolis: Eagle Creek Park. I make it a point to run there as much as I can. I also enjoy strolling the trails with our three dogs. Currently, I’m training with my wife, Megan, for the Indy 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May. 

Have you read any good books lately?
I’m an avid Audible listener and have two recommendations.

First up is “The Creative Act: A Way of Being” by Rick Rubin. This book has provided me with invaluable insights into the mindsets of creatives, which is significantly different from the teachings in business school. As someone with a logical, accounting background, I’ve found it both challenging and rewarding to apply the lessons from this book to my own life.

My second recommendation is “Peace Is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh. I’ve been focusing on embracing the present moment and cultivating self-love. Hanh’s message on mindfulness resonated deeply with me, particularly his simple yet profound guidance: “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”

How do you unwind after a busy day? 
My idea of unwinding involves taking on more activities. One of my ventures is La Buena Coffee Company, a business I co-own with one of my closest high school friends and my wife. It’s been a rewarding experience applying my MBA knowledge while enjoying some exceptional Colombian coffee. Specialty coffee enthusiasts, check us out at

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