Paul Mendlik, former chief financial officer of West Corporation, was inducted into the University of Nebraska–Lincoln School of Accountancy Hall of Fame at the inaugural Celebration of Excellence. After earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting from UNL, Mendlik spent 27 years at Deloitte & Touche, the last 18 of those years as an audit partner. He started a new career at West Corporation in 2002 and retired in April 2015.
Bryan Slone, executive in residence and assistant professor of practice in accountancy, presented Mendlik with the award and said, “Paul graduated from Nebraska and began his career at Deloitte & Touche where he advanced to a partner within nine years. He served private and public companies as an audit partner, and is known as an exceptional technician and team builder. Those skills ultimately led him to become head of audit for Nebraska and Iowa. Then he started a second career at West Corporation.”
Mendlik served on the Board of Trustees of the Omaha Archdiocese Education Foundation and the Omaha Archdiocese Parish Foundation. He also was president of the Board of Directors of Happy Hollow Country Club and chair of the CBA Dean’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the FBI Citizens Academy.
“My parents taught me to pay attention to detail and make a commitment to doing things right. Any job worth doing is worth doing right. I believe you have to climb that mountain to get to those lofty goals,” Mendlik said.