The Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce recognizes women in the community who represent their business or organization well. So many leaders have unique backgrounds and stories, and the chamber would like to share those stories.

Kim Ham

Q: What is a general description of your everyday duties as a CPA and business owner?

A: “My daily duties will depend on the ‘season.’ Most everyone has heard the term “tax season”. From mid-January through mid-April, my days include meeting with clients and checking/finalizing income tax returns. I will work an average of 100 hours each week during this time. July through December is ‘audit season.’ During those months, we travel to various governmental entities, such as school districts, cities, and health departments, to audit their financial records. As the business owner, it is my responsibility to review all of the work performed by my employees on these audits and to report any findings to the governing boards.”

Q: How long has your CPA firm been in business? Did you do any other work before?

A: “I opened my firm in January, 1982, so it will soon be 39 years. Prior to opening my own office, I was required to work two years for a CPA firm in order to gain experience in the various practice areas. Other than working while in school for my dad and uncle in their various businesses, I really have not done any other type of work.”

Q: Did you always dream of owning your own business?

A: ”Following the example set by my dad and uncle, I did always hope to have my own business. While interviewing with CPA firms during college, I briefly thought I could work for someone else if I found the right fit. When one interviewer asked why he should hire me, because he expected that after he trained me, I would just end up married and pregnant and he would have to start all over. That was when I definitely knew I wanted to work for myself. I wanted the flexibility of taking off work if I had a sick child or to attend a school program without having to ask for permission from someone else to have a life outside of work.”

Q: What is your favorite aspect of your job?

A: ”As a quiet, reserved person who always loved math, I have to honestly say it is when I am working with numbers. I do love working to help people get the maximum refund or solving problems clients are having with balancing their books. I have heard that old accountants never die, they just lose their balance. I hope I never get that old.”

Q: What is one piece of advice you live by as a business leader?

A: “If you don’t know the answer to a question, be honest. People will respect you more if you say “I don’t know that, but I know where I can find out”, instead of bluffing your way through and ending up with egg on your face.”

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