Griffs Under 40: Rebecca A. Haslinger '00
Buffalo, NY - For anyone who thinks accounting is just about crunching numbers, the career of Rebecca Haslinger ’00 proves otherwise. Prior to becoming vice president of finance for Kaleida Health at the age of 37, Haslinger was performing audits on clients like Trump Casinos in Atlantic City and ringing the bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during an initial public offering (IPO).
“I always had an entrepreneurial spirit and my accounting degree opened up a unique career path,” Haslinger says. “To me, a job is more than just going to work every day.
It’s about positively impacting people and our community with the work that we do.”
Haslinger earned her CPA after graduation from Canisius and went to work for E&Y (Ernst and Young), where she audited gaming, healthcare and manufacturing clients.
A national leader in financing - CIT - later recruited her as vice president of healthcare real estate. At CIT, Haslinger helped form a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that resulted in her NYSE experience. After CIT, she joined HealthNow NY, part of BlueCross BlueShield, as director of business finance.
Haslinger was recruited to join Kaleida Health in 2016 where her 50-plus associates on the finance team are now working on the move of Women & Children’s Hospital, among dozens of other hospital and healthcare-related projects.
Haslinger serves on the board of the YMCA Delaware Branch in Buffalo and volunteers with the High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program at Suburban Adult Services Inc. as well as the SPCA.