MAC Journey

Why Accounting Just Might Be the Perfect Career

December 2, 2014 By Mark Forsyth

What does the perfect career look like? Maybe something like this: • You earn a high salary and have plenty of job security. • You travel to places you might otherwise never see. • You regularly take on new challenges and can even take your career in a new direction if you want. • And along the way, you do good in the world. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. In fact, you can get all of those things out of a career in accounting. Yes, it’s much more than spreadsheets and math —  much, much more.   Salary Right out of school, many accountants earn more than $50,000 per year, according to the 2013 survey by the National Association of Colleges Read More

Five Accounting Terms All Business Leaders Need to Know

November 20, 2014 By Mark Forsyth

How well do you know the language of business? You might think you understand business. How complicated can it be? You sell a product or a service. A customer pays you. You smile all the way to the bank. Ka-ching! But what did you put in the bank? Was it revenue or profit? Do you have positive cash flow? Are you left with more equity after the sale? What happened to your liabilities? These may sound like questions on a test, but a business that fails this test probably won’t be in business long. Answering those questions tells you precisely what’s going on in a company: Is it providing a return for its owners? Is it meeting its obligations to Read More

Do Not Live To Regret

March 24, 2014 By Susan

Over the course of Mod III in Professor Barringer’s Leadership and Ethics class, we were extremely fortunate to have great speakers who not only have a plethora of life experiences but also are amazing advisers. My favorite guest speakers were Jim Phillips and Jennifer Van Zant who are partners at Brooks Pierce law firm and represent accountants in malpractice cases. One of the reasons this session was memorable to me was due to the large number of accounting malpractice cases the speakers presented to us detailing ways to avoid being in a malpractice suit. In addition, they both gave great advise in terms of finding the perfect work-life balance. Jennifer Van Zant is not only a partner in a law Read More

Lessons from a Champion

March 23, 2014 By Alex Macdonald

When it was announced that Anson Dorrance, the incredibly successful coach of the UNC women’s soccer team, was coming to speak to the MAC Class, there was a buzz of excitement. Every Friday in the MAC program, a public speaker comes to talk to us about leadership, ethics, and other topics relevant for our development.  Typically, these speakers were successful accountants and lawyers, so having Mr Dorrance come in to discuss leadership was both unique, and very insightful. For those who do not know, UNC has been a perennial powerhouse in NCAA women’s soccer, winning 21 of the 31 championship’s under Mr Dorrance’s coaching. Considering the incredible success the coach has experienced at UNC,  it was great to hear  his Read More

The Winningest Coach in UNC History!

March 22, 2014 By David

When you read this post’s title, I bet many of you immediately thought “Dean Smith.” Yet while Coach Smith’s record earned him a place in the hall of fame and is without question among the best both at UNC and the world, he’s actually not the winningest coach in UNC history. Coach Anson Dorrance, the UNC women’s soccer team coach since 1979, is the current holder of this impressive title. He came to speak to our MAC Leadership class last module, and he was by far my favorite speaker – and seeing as there have been a number of excellent speakers this year, that is saying something. After receiving a glowing introduction from Professor Barringer, Coach Dorrance quickly acknowledged that Read More

Favorite Ethic’s Speaker

March 22, 2014 By Kimberly Clark

My favorite speaker for Professor Barringer’s Ethics class was Thomas Heck, Advisory Director for KPMG, who came in to discuss the Colonial Bank Fraud Case. This was the largest bank failure in 2009 and ended with several people going to jail. It was fascinating after reading so much about bank failure in the news. It is not often that we get to hear from people directly involved in the investigation so it was nice to have the opportunity to listen and ask questions.

3 Things I Love About Chapel Hill

February 18, 2014 By Jamie Kennedy

This is a pretty difficult topic for someone who has never lived in Chapel Hill (and has minimal interest in sports). In fact, prior to starting the MAC program, I only knew how to get to 3 places in Chapel Hill. I still don’t spend much time there (other than the business school), but it is because I live 45 minutes away, not because Chapel Hill isn’t a great place. 1. Restaurants- Between Chapel Hill and Carrboro, there are so many good restaurants. You will not run out of interesting places to find a good meal. 2. Events- Between special events at the business school, performing arts, art shows, Lego shows, and races, there is always something going on. In many ways, I wish Read More

The Place to Be

February 18, 2014 By David

Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a truly multi-faceted place with an abundance of different lifestyles, perspectives, and people. To me, it seems like there’s something here for just about everyone to love – except a Duke fan, perhaps! However, there are three things that I think even the most ardent of Duke fans would agree are very likable, if not lovable, about Chapel Hill. Location, location, location If you have ever been to Chapel Hill, then you know that I am preaching to the choir when I say it is gorgeous. Trees, lawns, ivys, and other plant life are quite prevalent, so during springtime the town is an absolute knockout. All the greenery must contribute to the overall air quality, Read More

3 Things I Love About Chapel Hill

February 17, 2014 By Kimberly Clark

It is hard to just list 3 things I love about Chapel Hill, but here goes. 1. UNC basketball!!!!!! There is something in the air when it is game day. Almost everyone, with the exception of the 2 or 3 Duke fans, is excited. Take a look at the pictures of Franklin street one of the many times UNC won the NCAA championship. The whole town parties. 2.I love the restaurants. Chapel Hill is home to an assortment of small, independent restaurants. There is something for every taste from organic, to Mediterranean, etc. 3. I am a runner so I appreciate the fact that Chapel Hill has so many pretty places to run. If you get bored of the UNC’s Read More

The Three Things I Love Most about Chapel Hill

February 17, 2014 By Alex Macdonald

The past nine months I have spent at the University of Chapel Hill have been amazing for a large number of reasons. The students of this school are incredibly fortunate for the huge array of opportunities they are provided, and I encourage them to make the most of these while they are here. In this blog, I will address just three of the many reasons of why I love Chapel Hill. 1. The Sports Being a former college athlete, sports and competition have always been a huge aspect of my life. UNC is known as a “Title University”, a University which has come to expect championships and successful teams. The best part about this is the ability to go and Read More