EHMS Winners Circle with Heather Paquette Managing Partner KPMG LLP

Ms. Heather Paquette has been Managing Partner of the Detroit office at KPMG LLP since January 31, 2012. Ms. Paquette is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of KPMG’s Detroit office and in making KPMG a great place to build a career. Paquette initially joined KPMG in 1995 and was admitted to the partnership in 2004. She served in the United States Air Force from 1989 to 1993, working in the United Kingdom and in the Southern Regional Operation Center for NATO in Naples, Italy. Ms. Paquette also is on the Detroit Derby Girls roller derby team. “It was something that I always wanted to do. … As a kid, I always watched roller derby with my dad. I’m pretty athletic, so I do quite a few sports,” she said.  “You focus and don’t worry about everything else. You can’t not be there — because if I do, someone will hit me, and I’ll fall down very hard,” said Paquette, who noted she occasionally heads to the office with a black eye.  Ms. Paquette graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  The EHMS Winners Circle is a before school program where students are given the opportunity to hear from guest speakers on goal setting and overcoming difficulties so they can reach their fullest potential.