Mary McManus, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mary Cook Associates
Mary McManus is an atypical accountant who brings sound financial expertise and a holistic business perspective to Mary Cook Associates, Inc. Clients and colleagues alike benefit from her focus on improving operations through streamlined processes that increase profits and drive productivity. Her technology acumen, which is applied across the business, ensures clear communication, a smooth proposal process, and accurate and timely expense tracking and invoicing.
Mary joined in 2018 after tenures with prominent organizations. She began her career in assurance for KPMG focusing on the real estate and hospitality industry. She then spent 15 years with a global food and beverage container manufacturer providing financial projections, assisting with due diligence for acquisition and streamlining accounts payable, and purchasing through the implementation of a new system. She led software implementation across all departments including finance, transportation, warehousing, production planning, and sales and marketing.
Mary’s can-do attitude, coupled with exceptional technical skills, were utilized in her work with a leading provider of healthcare products and services where she developed 40 eLearning modules for a sales operation group. The program was later launched in the Philippines where it is used to train staff. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of Illinois. She has been a proficient CPA since sailing through the exam on the first try.
Mary can be found transforming just about anything for the better when she’s not at the office. She overhauled her parish’s fundraiser and doubled contributions in between coaching volleyball, working out, and watching her children play sports. Her door is often open for parties for kids of all ages.
About Mary Cook Associates
Since founder Mary Cook opened MCA’s doors in 1986, the firm has brought the art + science of interior design to life for prestigious owners and developers of real estate across the country. MCA’s team of more than two dozen designers and architects are strategic, imaginative and skilled at designing a wide variety of spaces that respond to the demographic, geographic and lifestyle influences of target markets. Smart spaces that establish immediate connections with their users and accelerate activity, occupancy rates and sales for marketers are the hallmarks of the results consistently achieved.