During high-powered careers at Ernst & Young, David Betsill and Mary Kane Betsill discovered their common values — and each other.
One night in the summer of 1996, David Betsill, then an Ernst & Young partner based in Atlanta, and Mary Kane, a senior manager in Chicago, got together to attend the Olympics in David’s hometown of Atlanta. Later that evening, Mary was thrilled to learn that she had made partner. “I thought I had won the gold,” Mary jokes now. As it turns out, Mary had also found another kind of partnership: she and David were married a year later.
According to the Betsills, Ernst & Young not only brought them together — they met on an Audit Quality Review — but has supported them in their roles as professionals and as parents. “We share a genuine commitment to family and to helping others,” says Mary. In addition, both have been very dedicated to their careers. At Ernst & Young, “both of us were beneficiaries of tremendous mentors and good friends,” recalls David, who formerly served as Ernst & Young’s Retail and Consumer Product Industry Leader in Chicago and started the Transaction Advisory practice in the Southeast.
These shared experiences contributed to a lasting bond with their colleagues.
Putting family first
David and Mary have two sons, 10-year-old Jimmy and 8-year-old Jack, who is autistic. The couple has been active in autism-related organizations — for example, chairing an art auction for the Marcus Autism Center. When David took early retirement in 2009 (after more than 30 years with Ernst & Young) he looked forward to spending more time with his sons, working on his golf game and becoming more active in organizations that address the needs of individuals with autism.
In the summer of 2009, Mary was named Assurance Managing Partner for the North Central Sub-Area (now the newly formed East Central Sub-Area) and the Betsills moved to Cleveland, Ohio. The change was a stroke of good fortune for the family as well as for Mary’s flourishing career. The city has an exceptional range of resources for autistic children and their families. Jack attends the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Autism, one of the country’s leading autism research and diagnostic centers. The Betsills are active supporters of the Lerner School and the Autism Family Foundation of Northeast Ohio. As for the future, David plans to pursue a position on the board of one of the many Cleveland institutions that help improve the lives of those with autism.
No serious discussion with the Betsills is complete without a mention of professional sports. On many days, Jack, Jimmy and David can be spotted at major sports venues cheering on the Atlanta Falcons, the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Cleveland Indians.
Staying connected, looking ahead
While Mary continues her plus 25-year career with the firm, David enjoys staying in touch with long-time Ernst & Young colleagues and has fond memories of serving as recruiting director for the Atlanta office, saying that bringing great people into the firm was one of his most rewarding experiences.
For those alumni on the verge of retirement, David has some advice: “Start thinking about how you would like to spend your time, and what organizations you’d enjoy getting involved with. Planning now will make the transition easier and your retirement more rewarding.”