UM Business School Honors Alumni for Career Achievements

May 05, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Business Administration will honor three alumni for outstanding career achievements at the 67th annual Donor Recognition and Scholarship Awards Banquet on Friday, May 9.

The alumni who will be honored are Patrick Hanley, Outstanding Distinguished Alumnus; Corey Edens, Outstanding Alumnus; and Kayreen Handley, Outstanding Early Career Alumna.

Hanley is a Montana native from Lewistown. He began his career in accounting after earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1977 from UM. Hanley held increasingly responsible positions with KPMG for more than 30 years, including working in Australia and Chile.

Hanley advised organizations primarily focusing on the mining, oil and gas industries. His interest stemmed from his upbringing in Lewistown and nearby Maiden, the historic gold-mining town where his grandfather settled in 1895 as a miner and prospector. As the seventh of 11 children born to Edward “Red” and Selma Hanley, Patrick learned about hard work and perseverance, lessons which have carried him throughout his career.

Hanley retired from KPMG in 2011. His family continues their personal philanthropic and community service interests in Seattle. Hanley serves as an analyst with his daughter Elizabeth Hanley’s law firm. He spends as much of the summer as possible in the Montana restored “ghost” town, frequently joined by their five children: Elizabeth, Juliann, Michael, Kathleen and Teresa and their five grandchildren. Hanley credits his accomplishments in no small part to his wife of 40 years, Marilyn.

Corey Edens grew up enjoying the Big Sky Country on the Hi-Line in Cut Bank. He attended UM and graduated with high honors in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.

Edens has held executive, finance and accounting positions with companies such as Valcon Distributing, the Microsoft Network and real estate and computer industries. He also spent a year in Switzerland working in foreign currency risk management. In 2000, Corey formed Rim Tec Inc. with a longtime friend, focusing on creating solutions to assist multinational companies in understanding and managing financial risk associated with foreign currencies.

Edens serves as the chief solution officer of FiREapps, Rim Tec’s cloud-based foreign currency analytics application, overseeing product and solution strategy. He has been published in the Journal of Corporate Treasury Management and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Edens has chaired the UM Business Advisory Council, co-chaired fundraising efforts for the creation of the career development position at UM’s School of Business Administration and has served two terms on the UM Foundation Board of Trustees.

Edens and his wife, Kay, reside in Phoenix. They keep busy with their seven children, new granddaughter and their Bernese mountain dog.

Handley was born in Missoula County, growing up on her parent’s ranch in Clinton. She graduated from Hellgate High School in 1988, and in 1992 earned a Bachelor of Science from UM in business administration with high honors.

After graduation, Handley went to work for KPMG in the audit practice of the Billings office and then spent two years in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in New York City. She moved to Seattle in 2004 and currently is an audit partner with KPMG LLP.  

Handley’s recent focus has been on providing audit services to forest products companies, companies providing software as a service, for-profit health care providers, health care product manufacturers and biotechnology companies. She also audits clients in the road cargo transportation, highway and heavy construction, mining, power generation and banking industries.

Handley is a securities and exchange commission reviewing partner, an audit methodology partner, a diversity partner champion and has experience with complex accounting and reporting issues for both the public and private sectors. Her experience includes securities and exchange commission reporting, internal control over financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, lease accounting, accounting for income taxes and accounting for share-based payment arrangements.

Handley is a licensed CPA in Montana, Washington and New York state, and is member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has served on the School of Business Administration’s Accounting and Finance Advisory Board and currently serves as the secretary/treasurer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska. She resides in Issaquah, Wash.

UM’s School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the most rigorous accrediting body for business degree programs. The school’s faculty includes renowned scholars recognized for pioneering contributions to their field. Graduates continue a strong tradition of leadership at the highest level in entrepreneurial ventures and in leading corporations.

The school offers undergraduate programs in accounting, finance, international business, management, management information systems and marketing; graduate programs in management and accounting; and certificate programs in entrepreneurship, entertainment management and sustainability. Experiential learning opportunities prepare students to address real-world business problems and deliver value to their employers in today’s global economy.

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Contact: Tammy Yedinak, executive assistant to the dean, UM School of Business Administration, 406-243-6195,