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Frank K. Ross

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Accountant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
All things are possible under the sun.

Birthplace

Born:
7/9/1943
Birth Location:
St. Kitts,

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Accountant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
All things are possible under the sun.

Birthplace

Born:
7/9/1943
Birth Location:
St. Kitts
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Biography

Businessman Frank Kenneth Ross was born on July 9, 1943, on the island of St. Kitts. He and his siblings moved to the United States after his father’s death to live with an uncle in Yonkers, New York. As a youth, Ross dreamed of becoming a lawyer. However, he opted for what he thought a more practical degree and commuted two hours a day from Yonkers to Long Island University in Brooklyn. There, he took courses in business and accounting while also working as a bookkeeper for a community organization in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

After graduating, Ross took a position at the accounting firm Peat Marwick Mitchell, now KPMG, at its office in New York while continuing at Long Island University to study for his M.B.A. There, he met Cecelia, the woman who would become his wife.

Although already a senior manager, in 1973 Ross decided to start his own practice, Ross, Stewart & Benjamin. Government programs of that era were attempting to encourage more minority-owned businesses and Ross felt that the time was right to start his own. Ross, Stewart & Benjamin garnered a significant client base. However, Ross was lured back to KPMG in 1976 and within a year promoted to partner, transferring to the Washington, D.C., office in 1979.

Today, Ross serves as the KPMG managing partner for the Mid-Atlantic and managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office. He is dedicated to maintaining KPMG’s market share. Ross also serves as an instructor at Howard University, teaching a class on auditing. He remains active on numerous community boards, including the National Association of Black Accountants (which he helped found); the Washington, D.C. Urban League; Corcoran Gallery of Art; the United Negro College Fund for Washington and Baltimore; and the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frank Ross remembers his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frank Ross describes changes in his family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frank Ross shares episodes from his school life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frank Ross recalls life with his surrogate parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frank Ross remembers his youth in Yonkers, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frank Ross discusses his and his brothers' college prospects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frank Ross discusses his early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frank Ross describes his academic interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frank Ross describes himself as having been a dreamer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frank Ross describes his early social network
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frank Ross recalls his early racial encounters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frank Ross describes his career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Frank Ross recounts his college experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frank Ross recalls the effect of the Civil Rights Movement on student life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frank Ross discusses racial discrimination in accounting firm recruitment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frank Ross remembers his mentors at Peat Marwick
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frank Ross recounts facing racism at Peat Marwick
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frank Ross explains why he started his own firm
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frank Ross recalls how he made partner at Peat Marwick
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frank Ross reflects on what he learned running his own firm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frank Ross recalls running his own accounting firm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frank Ross reflects on his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frank Ross discusses his family life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frank Ross shares his thoughts on success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frank Ross discusses his philanthropic activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frank Ross shares his plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frank Ross expresses his hopes for young people
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Frank Ross reflects on his West Indian heritage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Frank Ross considers his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frank Ross discusses founding the National Association of Black Accountants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frank Ross talks about getting support for the National Association of Black Accountants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frank Ross reflects on the success of NABA