AAFCPAs is honored to announce that Managing Partner Carla McCall, CPA, CGMA was selected for Accounting Today’s national 2020 Managing Partner Elite list. The annual MP Elite list always represents the nation’s most outstanding CPA firm leaders, but this year’s class of managing partners is notable for exemplary leadership amid the extraordinary events and challenges of 2020.
Parameters for Selection
While the 2020 MP Elite were chosen by the same parameters Accounting Today has used to evaluate candidates in the past — sustainable firm growth, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, cultivating a strong culture, and innovation in technology and processes — this year, they took into account how each managing partner is navigating their firm through the current, unique circumstances.
Why Carla McCall & AAFCPAs?
Carla McCall served as Co-Managing Partner for the past decade before assuming sole leadership of AAFCPAs this year, and by then she had already proven a deep commitment to the firm’s growth and its 240+ people. While AAFCPAs boasts an impressive list of staff programs, it is the holistic approach that stands out. According to McCall, AAFCPAs “built a clear path for growth by connecting learning and development directly to our assessment process.” These processes are supplemented by a full-time Director of Talent Advancement, coaching and leadership training, an innovation committee and lab, and a professional accounting development department. Also known as PADD, that program offers mentoring and group coaching for staff to develop their own career management skills.
AAFCPAs also has a diversity and inclusion committee, a Women’s Opportunity Network, and actively partners with the National Association of Black Accountants and the Association of Latino Professionals. McCall has long advocated for women in leadership and aims to set that tone at the top — which she expresses through AAFCPAs’ frequent communication efforts. The firm hosts regular roundtables; offers an “Ask the MP” anonymous question-and-comment submission tool; and, since the pandemic outbreak, releases weekly videos of McCall giving firm updates and speaking on important issues like mental health, a personal passion of hers that has become especially pertinent in the new normal.
Visit Accounting Today to read more about these exceptional leaders throughout the United States: https://www.accountingtoday.com/list/the-2020-managing-partner-elite