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Elyjah M. Pengel

IT Support Specialist

Phone: 315.701.6471
Fax: 315.423.2883 (direct fax)
email: epengel@gsacpas.com

Elyjah joined the firm in March 2022.

Elyjah is responsible for providing timely and applicable technical assistance for all technology, including computer systems used throughout the firm.  He is the first point of contact for IT requests or issues which include maintenance and support of the firm’s computer systems and is responsible for the configuration of computer hardware for firm employees.   Other responsibilities include communicating with vendors for product support, working closely with firm administration on installing software, and maintaining an accurate equipment inventory, as well as procurement of hardware and peripherals.

Elyjah attended University at Albany – State University of New York, where he graduated with a B.S. Digital Forensics, Summa Cum Laude and was on the Dean’s List each year.  He also attended Onondaga Community College, where he earned an A.S. in Computer Forensics and was on the Dean’s List each year.

Elyjah resides in Liverpool, New York.

University at Albany, State University of New York – B.S. Digital Forensics, Summa Cum Laude
Onondaga Community College – A.S. Computer Forensics

What drew you to Grossman St. Amour CPAs?

My initial interview left a remarkable impression on me as I got the sense that the staff at Grossman St. Amour were personable, outgoing, and valued the quality of their work. They viewed me as a unique person as opposed to someone just coming in to do a job and head home. I could tell that they would invest in me just as much as I would invest in them.

 What’s your proudest achievement?

Although I have had an academic career that I’m quite proud of, I have never been as impressed with myself as I had been with a specific culinary achievement. I was making French Toast Casserole for the very first time, and was doing it for a group of my friends to have for breakfast the following day. People were delighted with the taste of the dish, and by the time breakfast was over the entire pan was gone!

It gave me perspective on the power we have as individuals to bring happiness and comfort to one another, and solidified my desire to work within IT in order to make people’s lives easier.

How do you relax when not working?

Some of my hobbies include playing the drums, video games, watching movies, and cooking. I’ve been playing the drums since 2017 and still have quite a bit to learn on my journey as a musician! I also play in a band with some of my friends here in Syracuse named after the street we practiced at. Steve Jordan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Nick Mason are some of my favorite drummers.

Video games have been a reliable means of entertainment for me since I was a toddler. One of my favorite elements of the medium is being able to pick something up to play with friends and make fun memories together.

Favorite vacation?

My senior year of high school, nine of my closest friends and I booked a camp site at Southwick Beach for five days. We had gone on a bunch of hikes, cooked together, listened to music and told stories around the fire, swam in Lake Ontario, etc. It was a hot week in July that we went with plenty of bugs but we all got to experience the highs and lows of that trip as a group together. Each day was filled with moments that we still talk about five years later, and it also established new permanent additions to my group of friends.

What was your first concert?

I went to the New York State Fair with friends in 7th grade who wanted me to see Big Time Rush, but as an adult my first concert was going with my dad to see Pearl Jam perform at Madison Square Garden. He grew up with their music while they were a growing act, whereas I had their entire catalog to listen to. It’s still one of my favorite concert experiences, only behind when I saw Paramore!

 

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