Kenneth A. Macias
More than 30 years’ experience in accounting, including all levels of governmental, nonprofit and business organizations
Professional Associations and Leadership.
AICPA Board of Directors AICPA Governance Council
AICPA Auditing Standards Board (2002-2003)
Past Chair, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
Past Chair, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
AICPA State and Local Government Accounting and Auditing Committee
American Society for Public Administration
Government Finance Officers’ Association
Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) by the Association of Government Accountants
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Doctorate in Public Administration, Auditing & Finance
California State University, Sacramento, Master of Science, Accountancy and Taxation
Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Master of Business Administration, Finance
California State University, Sacramento, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Accounting)
Awards and Service.
Exemplary Hispanic Business Leader (2008)
California State University, Sacramento Distinguished Service Award (2004)
California State University, Sacramento College of Business Administration Alum of the Year (2004)
California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year (2003)
Recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine (2003)
California Center for Teaching Careers Hispanic Heritage Month Outstanding California Latino Leader (2001)
Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year (1992)
Why are you passionate about public accounting?
It’s much more than numbers because public accounting requires a deep understanding of business. I didn’t fully realize that going into the profession, but over time I grew more and more impressed with the level of learning one can experience in an accounting career. Also, I get a lot of satisfaction helping clients through the professional services we provide.
Why do you like working at MGO?
The people, technical opportunity and the challenge. I get jazzed by the many stories about the development of our people. I’ve counseled many employees through the CPA exam, their career, etc. It’s so rewarding to see people meet and exceed their goals. I enjoy the limitless opportunity we create for our people and celebrating the achievements of their milestones. The firm has supported my involvement on national, statewide, technical and community committees. I’ve had the privilege of serving on these committees and then mentoring those who have followed.
Describe a favorite client or client story.
There are so many stories, but one of my favorites is about knowing your audience. I was in front of a city council giving an audit report that detailed a number of material weaknesses in internal controls. The presentation was very well-attended, but I noticed eyes glazing over as I detailed the concerns in the report. Suddenly I turned to the people behind me and said, “I don’t think you’re getting it! It’s like your checkbook. You write checks but you don’t reconcile them or keep track of them. Therefore, how do you know how much cash you have?” The entire room exhaled a big sigh of understanding. Several people got up when I was finished and thanked me, saying that was the first time they understood the financials. They wanted their City to “keep Macias” beyond that one-year contract!
What qualities do you look for in job applicants?
I look for enthusiastic people who want a proud career in public accounting.
Who are you outside the office?
Beyond the obvious things I value most outside the office like my family and religion, I value my long-time relationships with friends. I also value fitness and strive to be a happy, healthy person.