Frenship grad gets to work at Big 4 accounting firm

David Forbess went from being a Frenship Tiger to a Big 4 accountant.

After Forbess earned his master’s degree in accounting in 2006 from Texas Tech University, he became a corporate tax consultant in Dallas for Ernst & Young, a global professional services firm. Ernst & Young, along with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and KPMG, comprise what is known as the “Big 4” international accountancy firms.

“I decided to work for Ernst & Young over other accounting firms like Deloitte or KPMG because I really liked the atmosphere and the people at E&Y. Its like going to work every day with your friends,” said Forbess.

Forbess was married just before he graduated college. He went through the 150-hour accounting master’s program at Texas Tech.

Texas Tech offers accounting majors the option to get a master’s degree with only 30 more hours of coursework, after receiving a bachelor’s degree. Typically master’s degree programs take one to two years to complete. Forbess finished in 2006.

The 2001 Frenship High School graduate has been married for just over two years to his wife, Melanie.

She is also a Lubbock native. He said Melanie graduated from Trinity Christian High School and also went to Texas Tech.

When the 25-year-old isn’t busy working, he said he enjoys exercising and spending time outdoors.

“I really enjoy working out. I like anything in the mountains or on the beach, but I really don’t have much time anymore for my hobbies,” said Forbess.

For the time being, Forbess said he and his wife don’t have any plans to leave Dallas.

“We have been living here in Dallas for almost two years. We like it here, and I’ve got a great job. We really don’t have any reason to go anywhere else,” said Forbess.

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