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 CFIIA Member Spotlight

CFIIA Member Spotlight
The CFIIA will be spotlighting various chapter members.  If you would like to nominate a colleague or team member to be featured in the next Member Spotlight, see the contact information provided below.
Larry Kent CPA, CIA, CFE
Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ International)
Senior Internal Auditor
IIA Member Since 1998
What do you enjoy the most in your current position?
I am given a variety of interesting and challenging assignments. Also, Cru's purpose of connecting people to Jesus Christ lets me know that what I do plays a role in impacting lives around the world.

What are some of the challenges you face in your current position?
I've found it's difficult to be as effective as I would like because many people don't respond to my email inquiries on a timely basis. Therefore, I usually have two or three audits in progress at all times. That allows me to switch back and forth between audits as responses arrive.

The primary way I feel good about what I do is when I receive encouraging or affirming words. Then why did I choose to be an auditor?

If you were not an auditor, what would you be doing?
Earlier in my career I was the Controller and Director of Finance of several electronics corporations in the Seattle area. I expect I would be doing something similar to that but I definitely prefer internal audit because it fits my skill set much better.

What is your cure for a bad day?
A homemade blueberry or cherry smoothie goes a long way toward putting a smile on my face.

What is one interesting fact that people would be surprised to know about you?
I wrote a one-page summary of the Bible's message with the goal of powerfully communicating it in a fresh, new way. It has been translated into 102 languages and can be printed for free at

Who are three people, deceased or still with us, that you would like to have dinner with?
My dad died in 2005. He always believed in me even when I didn't deserve it. I would love to share with him what has been going on in my life.

James Biswas and Veerana Buckya live in Bangladesh and India, respectively. Between them they have distributed 995,000 copies of my one-page Bible message in the Banjara, Bengali, Koya, Musselmani, and Telugu languages. I have never had the opportunity to meet them personally but would love to do so.
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