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Our Accounting Spotlights highlight inspirational leaders in the profession who are making a difference for their clients and community. Know someone who deserves to be featured? Submit a nomination.

In our next Accountant Spotlight Series, we're proud to feature Sandy McClure, Director of the FaaS NFP Vertical at Baker Tilly.

Let’s dive into Sandy's journey from a high school math enthusiast to a nonprofit accounting leader.

A lifelong passion for numbers

Sandy's career path into accounting began with a fascination for numbers in high school, leading her to tutor accounting principles in college. 

"I have loved the puzzle part of numbers and what they mean," she reflects, highlighting her early affinity for the field.  Her path took her from public accounting at Ernst & Young to industry roles, where she honed her skills in consolidating over 500 entities and managing complex financial operations.

Decades of dedication to accounting

Sandy has been a CPA since 1990, bringing a wealth of experience to her current role at Baker Tilly. 

Her career includes significant time in public accounting, a pivotal role as a consolidation manager, and a meaningful stint in nonprofit work at her local church. This diverse background has equipped her with a unique perspective on the accounting needs of various organizations.

Sandy's passion for the nonprofit sector shines through in her work. She has served a wide range of nonprofit organizations, from churches to healthcare and the arts. "You can see the mission behind each organization," Sandy says, emphasizing the rewarding nature of her work.

Addressing challenges with innovative solutions

Sandy tackles common nonprofit challenges, such as accurate reporting and skilled employee recruitment. 

She recalls a significant achievement where she helped a large nonprofit reduce their year-end closing time from months to days, showcasing her ability to create impactful efficiencies.

At Baker Tilly, Sandy leverages AI for data analysis and trend identification, enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of their services. This forward-thinking approach ensures that nonprofit clients receive top-tier financial management.

Life beyond the balance sheets

Outside of work, Sandy's life is rich with travel, family time, and hobbies like puzzle-solving and jewelry making. Her outgoing and friendly personality, coupled with a willingness to help, defines her personal life.

"I love to work puzzles, create jewelry with beads, and watch sports and Hallmark movies," she shares, giving a glimpse into her interests beyond accounting.

In conclusion

Sandy McClure's career in accounting is a story of passion, dedication, and a deep commitment to the nonprofit sector. 

At Ramp, we value her expertise and the positive impact she has had in nonprofit accounting.

Nominate an accountant who you feel deserves a place in our Spotlight Series!

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Brad Gustafson leads the Accounting Partnerships Channel at Ramp. He has spent the past decade advising and consulting thousands of accounting firms across the United States, including managing Top 100 accounting firm partnerships as an Enterprise Account Director at Xero. He is motivated to help build a community of accountants around Ramp who are passionate about new technologies and the opportunities they provide the accounting profession.
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