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David Mapes

David Mapes


BBA 2010 (Accounting)


Beta Alpha Psi
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

When David Mapes transferred from a community college to the University of Iowa, he didn’t expect that building a home would become an important part of his accounting education.

While attending high school in Geneseo, Illinois, David participated in a student training program where he attended classes for half a day, then worked at a construction company for the remainder.

“After graduation, I worked full time in construction, traveling the U.S. building cell phone towers. Over time I broadened my construction skills and experience, and I realized I was working very hard every day and I could better myself through education.”

David enrolled at the University of Iowa and majored in accounting and finance. He joined Beta Alpha Psi and decided to contribute to Tippie Build in the best way he knew.

It didn’t take long for David’s years of building experience to shine on the Tippie Build job site. He became a student co-manager and worked closely with representatives from Habitat for Humanity. He was also directly involved in fundraising and invited firms to assist University of Iowa students with not only financial support for the project, but to put in a day’s work at the job site too. Firms flocked to the opportunity to work alongside accounting students who might be potential employees and to support this worthy cause.

“David was an instrumental part of our Habitat for Humanity projects,” explained Professor Joyce Berg and Beta Alpha Psi advisor. “He shared his leadership, construction experience, and knowledge with us and we a grateful for all he has taught us.”

He estimated he volunteered 120 hours building the home and 80 hours dedicated to fundraising and planning for Tippie Build 3.

“His dedication to Tippie Build is truly inspirational,” she said.

David graduated in spring 2010 and began his accounting career at Ernst and Young working in corporate tax practice in Chicago.  He now works in private equity at Ernst and Young.