KPMG and Taipei 101

May 6, 2011

Today, we had the opportunity to go the accounting firm KPMG’s Taipei offices in the Taipei 101 building. If you do not know anything about Taipei 101, you should Google it. It’s one of the most impressive buildings I have ever had the privilege to see. It shines as a symbol of Taipei’s emerging technological strength, an emerald tower set against the misty backdrop of the mountains and the sea.

At 1670ft, it stood as the World's tallest building until the UAE built the Burj Khalifa

KPMG is a global accounting firm that provides audit, tax, and advisory services. KPMG founded its Taiwan branch in 1952 and has since grown to 80 partners and 1,800 staff members.

The floor where we had our meeting. 68 of 101 floors.

The meeting we attended was in a conference room on the 68th floor. We went over the business plan and services that KPMG provides and halfway through the meeting a helicopter flew under us. Yes, under us. It may have been the coolest occurrence in my life had it not been for my photograph with Mr. McFeely when I was 7 years old.

My life changed forever upon meeting this bespectackled mailman

Gannon, Arieanna, Dion, and I then strolled through the hoity-toity mall that was attached to the Taipei 101. Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and the Brooks Brothers were all there and proceeded to flaunt their overpriced, metrosexual t-shirts and preppy evening wear. Before I came on this trip, I really had no idea that Taiwan was capable of providing those brands. I really thought it was going to be an impoverished country filled to the brim with manufacturing plants billowing out clouds of black smog whilst popping out iPods and Barbies laced with lead-based paint. What I have seen though is a country with an impressive technological base and a growing economy that is built on knowledge rather than sweat. Being in a foreign countries and visiting these different businesses has given me a broader knowledge of what it takes to do business in a global setting. I have more confidence because of the knowledge I have gained so far on the trip.

That helicopter flew below and to the left. Holy goodness

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