Piercey interned at Wolf while in a student at the Isenberg School at UMass Amherst and returned to the firm in 2004. She credits the positive culture at Wolf for her success in championing many initiatives and practice enhancements. Although it is a large firm with over 200 people, Piercey said it “fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and promotes professional growth. We’re encouraged to rally a team, take the ball and run with it.”
Piercey is one of five sisters. “Our parents raised us to be independent. They were very encouraging and empowering,” she reflects.
Drawn to accounting for the opportunities in the profession, she followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother by attending business school, accelerating her four-year studies into three and graduating cum laude.
Piercey is passionate about education, both within her profession and in the greater community. She makes contributions to ongoing professional development within her firm and the profession, and also contributes her time and insights to her alma mater as a member of the accounting department advisory board.
As treasurer and a board member of Mass Insight Education, she is quick to praise the measurable impact that organization has had on educational systems around the commonwealth and in underperforming schools systems elsewhere in the country. “We’ve compared metrics before and after MIE’s engagement, and the positive results are significant,” she said. “Education is so critical to the future success of our country and its citizens.”
Piercey is a member of the 23-person board of directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, serving its more than 400,000 CPA members. She is the first-ever female board member elected from Massachusetts to that organization.
Piercey is proud to receive the Woman of FIRE and credits many forces for her successful career while being a wife and mother of two: God, her parents, her husband and family.
She is a believer in balance, which she and her husband worked hard to maintain while parenting and achieving leadership roles in their companies. Their children are both business school graduates and successful in their own pursuits, her daughter as a CPA and her son as a musician.
Of the demanding finance, insurance and real estate sector, Piercey said, “Finding a work environment that fosters career success and family commitment is challenging.” She concludes, “I’m proud and thankful to be a shareholder at Wolf, where we continually strive to create that environment for everyone at the firm.”