Profiles: Terry Everett

Terry Everett

Terry Everett

MS Finance 02

CFO & Chief Compliance Officer at Rockland Capital, LLC

After graduating from high school a year early, Terry followed her mother's footsteps and enrolled at the University of North Carolina. It was there that she learned the importance of determination and flexibility. She changed majors three times, graduating as a geology major. Envisioning a career in the environmental fields, she moved to California hoping the state's environmental regulatory climate would provide a jump-start to her career.

As fate would have it, Terry was introduced to the field of finance after a string of entry-level jobs. "I observed that the best paid people and those who had the greatest opportunities for advancement were skilled in accounting, and showed a mastery of Excel. San Francisco is a major financial center, so it seemed to make sense for me to earn a degree in finance."

Terry was working for an engineering firm in San Francisco's South of Market area at the time, just blocks from the Golden Gate University downtown campus. Even though she didn't have undergraduate work in either accounting or finance, she made a case to gain a seat in the MS in Finance program.

"I was very intent on being admitted, so when I applied I spoke about my experience in doing some light bookkeeping work on the side for my Dad's company, how my accounting experience was transferable to the finance program, and how I would use a degree in finance effectively."

It's a strategy that has served her well. In January 1998 she enrolled in her first classes. Like most Golden Gate MS Finance students, she worked full time and attended classes at night. Midway through the two-year program, however, she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona.

"Although I had moved away from San Francisco, I was able to finish my degree program online. I'm fortunate that GGU has portability in its programs so that I could continue my education and move elsewhere [...] and I can proudly and honestly say it was worth every moment."

She'd been at the Salt River Project preparing financial statements and cost accounting for nearly four years when her then-husband accepted a position in Washington, D.C. in 2003. While at the Carlyle Group, Terry discovered her flare for working in private equity. She was overseeing the financial management, operations, investor reporting for 65 of the firm's entities, and managing a staff of 13. She then moved to Perseus as its VP of Finance, then Rockland Capital as the Chief Compliance Officer. Rockland had been preparing for SEC registration and Terry's experience not only with Perseus during their SEC registration preparation, but in both also in the power industry and private equity, made her a perfect fit for the position.

In addition, Terry served on the Texas Wall Street Women Networking Committee for the past two years.