Thank you, Siegfried: Alumni Reflections

In 2004, Luke Bartlett became a Professional Resource in Siegfried’s New York Metro Market, marking the beginning of a journey that would ultimately bring him to his current role as Vice President of Internal Audit at Triumph Group.

“My experience at Siegfried was really formative; I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without it,” Luke says simply. “When I was at the Firm, I had the opportunity to work on a lot of great projects with a lot of great people, including a very successful Siegfried team that played an integral role on a SOX PMO for a publicly-traded software company. And when I left Siegfried a short time later, it was for a SOX Senior Manager position at Solera, a publicly-traded software company.  The connection between those two is somewhat obvious,” he notes, a smile in his voice.

Luke trusts that his years at Siegfried, including time spent on the Firm’s leadership team, helped him find success in his role at Solera, which took him from Senior Manager to Director to Senior Director to Vice President, and now, in his role at Triumph. “It’s not really any one thing that I heard or that one person said to me — it was the totality of the Siegfried experience,” he says.  “I learned the importance of building strong, meaningful relationships with those around me — the people I worked with at the Firm were truly wonderful and I’m still very close to some of them,” he says.

“The culture at Siegfried prepared me to succeed in a very dynamic professional environment,” Luke reflects. “I discovered a lot about my strengths and weaknesses and learned to surround myself with people who are good at the things I wasn’t. One of the most important leadership insights I have from my career so far is to lead my team with a lack of ego. My team will be most successful when they have the freedom to offer ideas and bring the full weight of their talent.  My job is not to always have the best idea, my job is to recognize the best idea when someone has it.”