This is one of many spotlights about Badin graduates and their successes in life.
Tyler Roark ’05 is the new Finance Director for the City of Centerville (OH), overseeing the finance department and income tax operations for the City. He is responsible for overseeing the financial audit, ongoing financial reporting and compliance, creating and monitoring the budget, and managing the City of Centerville's investments, among other things. The financial module of the City's new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) went live on his first day as Finance Director, so he has been running full speed since he started on January 2.
Tyler began his career working for the City of Hamilton in the Income Tax Division, then as the Budget and Evaluation Manager before leaving for his current position in early 2019. He is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) from Miami University.
Tyler is married to Katie Minelli Roark ’07. They have a son and live in Hamilton.
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Alumni Spotlight on: TYLER ROARK '05
What led you to your career/business or mission? I knew after taking my first accounting class at Badin during my senior year that I probably wanted to major in accounting in college. As I progressed through my undergraduate and graduate courses I didn't know exactly what direction in the accounting profession I wanted to head. After I finished graduate school, the opportunity at the City of Hamilton presented itself and I haven't looked back since. I don't know if I could imagine myself not working in local government at this point. Local government and municipal finance ended up being a great fit for what I want to accomplish in my professional and personal life.
Where have you traveled in the world? I have been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit in my life so far. I visited East Asia on a study abroad trip the summer after completing my masters degree at Miami University. We attended the University of Seoul in Seoul, South Korea for a 5 week summer program. It was a great experience as we were able to explore South Korea, as well as spend a few days in Beijing, China, Tokyo, Japan, and Honolulu, Hawaii. We got to see a lot of great and historical places in a 5-6 week timeframe, such as the Great Wall in China, the demilitarized zone in South Korea, and finished with sky diving in Hawaii. Hawaii would have to be my favorite place, and the strangest food I tried would be a scorpion on the streets of China (which is saying a lot, as I am a picky eater).
If you had $1 million, what would you do with it!? I would probably pay off our house and invest the rest of the money. That's a pretty boring answer, but I'm a finance guy so I guess it should be expected.
Why do you feel it’s important to give back to Badin? I feel that it is important to give back to Badin because you're not just supporting a school you're supporting a community. A community I feel very grateful to have grown up with. My Badin friends are still my best friends today. I may have continued my career in a different city, but I am a West Side Hamilton boy, through and through. Strong schools like Badin only improve the growing, prospering city that is Hamilton.