Marshal prior to going to the location.
The first thing they said was that they
wondered why I was wearing business
clothes. They said, “You should probably
be wearing sneakers.” They gave me a
lesson on how to search clothing for
items without getting pricked by a needle.
With the location we were going to, there
was potential drug use. They also gave
me directions to the nearest hospital. So I
was a little scared going into my first raid.
Obviously, none of that happened and
it worked out just fine. The raid was
a success, and we did another one a
couple of years later. I would say those
are probably the most fun that I’ve had
on some of the cases I’ve worked on.
Q When you raid a place, what are you doing?
AURICH Each case was a little
different. During the first raid, we were
looking for specific documents we
believed had been removed from the
business location, and we were also
looking for assets—cash, some jewelry,
that kind of thing—because I believe in
the petition they claimed there were none.
Q Were these homes that you were raiding?
AURICH Yes, I think there were three
locations. One was in Florida; the other
two were in New Jersey. I was at their
adult child’s residence, and the partner on
the job and the other staff member went
to the actual residence of the people who
filed for bankruptcy.
Q Did you get what you were after?
AURICH Absolutely. In the residence
where I was, for the first hour we looked,
we didn’t find too much. We did find
some documents, but we really were
looking for some cash. The marshals
were too big to get to the attic, so I stood
on a marshal’s shoulders and went up
there. Under the insulation I found a
couple thousand dollars in cash. So that
was a good day for me.
Q Who’s inspired you along the way, either professionally or personally?
AURICH I have been really blessed at
Withum to work with some great
mentors who have really helped me to
develop professionally. Ken DeGraw
really pulled me into the turnaround
work and the bankruptcy work. He got
me involved in TMA and really has
probably been the most influential
person in my professional career. He’s
really helped me and pushed me farther
than I ever actually thought I could go.
Professionally, he has to be my biggest
mentor, and he’s also my biggest
supporter in the firm.
There are plenty of women as well in the
firm who I look up to on a personal and
professional level. At Withum there is no
shortage of mentors and career coaches,
so they’ve been very inspirational to me
and helped me out in a lot of ways.
Q It’s great to work in a supportive nvironment like that.
AURICH Absolutely. It really makes all
the difference. When I talk to a lot of
other women on the team and even
when I’m at other networking events, I
never take for granted what I have here.
Everyone really is so welcoming, and the
culture here is just so supportive that it
would be really hard to pass it up.
Q What advice do you have someone who’s new to the industry or is
looking to get into it?
AURICH I think getting involved in
the different types of organizations like
TMA and others really made the
difference for me. Going to events in this
industry and getting to know other
people really helped me to feel a sense of
community and that I belonged there,
and it helped me get involved on a deeper
level. I’m now on the committee for the
TMA NextGen group in New Jersey. I’m
also involved in another women’s
turnaround organization called IWIRC.
TMA has helped open a lot of doors for
me to get involved, especially when I
was new to the industry. I got involved
in TMA my first year working, so I’ve
built a lot of relationships over the past
five years, and it’s been very helpful
for me in developing professionally
as well as personally. Some of these
women that I work with or speak with
at the networking events can really
shine a light and be very helpful. It’s
such a great resource in the everyday,
as well as in the professional, world.
Q What might people who only know you in your professional capacity
be most surprised to learn about you?
AURICH Obviously, that I am a
cheerleader. I’m not ashamed of being a
cheerleader. I know there are stereotypes
and some stigma attached to it, but I’m
very proud of everything I’ve done with
the Eagles. It is a professional
organization, so it’s not something that I
shy away from talking about, even when
I’m in a professional setting or a
networking event. I’ve learned some very
valuable lessons from being a
cheerleader—leadership, working with
teams, and so many different things that
really translate well into the professional
world in the traditional sense.
People who know me professionally
probably also know that I’m a
cheerleader, but sometimes it comes as
a surprise to people. I often hear, “Wait,
that’s kind of an anomaly,” or “Really, you
do both? That’s so odd.” They still find it
hard to believe that someone who’s an
accountant could also be a cheerleader.
To be a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader,
you have to be employed full-time or
be a full-time college student. We’re all
very well-rounded individuals. But it can
be a difficult topic for some people who
don’t know what to make of it. They don’t
want to stereotype you in a certain way.
When I first met my husband, someone
had told him ahead of time that I was a
cheerleader but was also an accountant.
I really respected him because when he
came over to talk to me, he brought up
the accounting card and asked me to
do his taxes or something as opposed
to asking me about cheerleading. I
thought that was pretty funny, actually.
Q When I mentioned you to a couple of people in my office, they asked
what you did professionally. One of them
was an accountant, and she said, “See,
we’re not all boring.”
AURICH Exactly! I like to break that
stereotype as well.
Q What items are on your bucket list?
AURICH I have a lot of items on my
bucket list. On a personal level,
obviously I’d love to cheer at a Super
Bowl, and I’m hoping this is my year. As
a cheerleader, we can also go to the Pro
Bowl, so I’m hoping at some point I can
be the cheerleader representative for the
Eagles at the Pro Bowl. I just got
married, so I sort of feel that the world is
my oyster right now.
I think, first and foremost, on the
professional side, I want to get
the CPA exam done. Once I get
that done, then I’ll really feel like
I can be on top of the world. J