Location: Cornelius, NC
Industry: Professional services
President Barbara McCall oversees the Cornelius office of Ladd, McCall & Associates, CPAs, PA. “I started my office as the only employee,” she says. “As staff was added, I trained each person. Many young CPA candidates came to work for the firm and gained the knowledge and experience to sit for the CPA exam. Most took that experience to a higher level in larger firms.”
Fun Fact: McCall was part of a UNC Charlotte Arthur Andersen tax challenge team that placed second in the nation in 1994.
As a single mother, McCall has faced her share of challenges. “My daughters went to many Chamber and Rotary events and spent sick days at my office,” she says. “I learned to ask others for help and to delegate work when possible. I also learned to work as hard and as soon as possible — to leave room for the unexpected.” During difficult times, McCall reminds herself of the benefits of working hard and looking forward. “Can’t never could, can always will,” she says. “This is a statement that I was raised with.”
McCall has held positions on several boards. She was the treasurer of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club for two years, and the district treasurer from 2013 to 2015. She has also been treasurer of the Visit Lake Norman board for most of the years since its inception.