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CAMMIE CHUN

CEO of Cameron Group LLC

Success:

Recently received a year and a half contract with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Enterprising Women of Color (EWOC) Business Center as their Financial Counselor

Michelle “Cammie” Chun, CEO of Cameron Group LLC, was recently contracted with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Enterprising Women of Color (EWOC) Business Center as their Financial Counselor. Cammie identifies as a Chinese, English, Norwegian, Scottish, German, and Swedish woman. She has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience and 6 years of maturity as a financial consultant. To highlight a few of her professional experiences, Cammie was the Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she gained Big Four Chief Public Accountant (CPA) experience. She also led the finance and accounting department in nonprofit organizations, including Kupu and Community Links Hawai’i. In addition, Cammie was also a partner at JBR Business Solution, LLC. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics-Accounting from Claremont McKenna College and is a CPA in Hawai’i. Most recently she established her own outsourced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) company, Cameron Group LLC.

Cameron Group LLC offers accounting management, business improvement, and document management services for businesses and families. Because of Cammie’s remarkable reputation for GAAP technical expertise and client service, she is a highly trusted woman in her career and industry. Her work includes accounting management, reporting and financial analysis for privately held companies, trusts, estates, and family businesses, and an exponential amount of experience and leadership in nonprofit accounting and financial management.

Cammie officially launched her company, Cameron Group LLC in December 2019 after deciding she wanted to have her own practice. She started by transitioning her clients over to her company. “I knew I wanted to do something more. However, I didn’t know exactly what just then… I’ve always had a passion to incorporate training somehow into my work, and now that I have launched, I’m figuring that out now …” Cammie says.

“It takes a certain kind of temperament and skill set to be a financial consultant… Although what my job [entails] doesn’t seem too exciting, it is necessary. Many new companies put the accounting and document management on the backburner, then they get to a certain point where they can’t ignore it so they try to do it themselves and it can be overwhelming… Many companies need these services to manage their books and documents so they can focus on their operations. I provide these support services for companies to set them up for success. For some, I also train them on how to manage or do the accounting themselves…” – Cammie Chun, CEO, Cameron Group LLC


In March 2021, Cammie received a year and a half contract from the MBDA EWOC Business Center as a financial counselor. She was excited to receive this contract to work with different businesses and clients because of her latest goal of wanting to be able to teach new clients about accounting management. “I think about what business goals I want for my company and how I can expand it. The one that has continuously been sticking out is the idea of teaching others. This contract provides the opportunity for me to do this! I’m hoping that whatever I can convey in each session with the program’s clients is worthwhile for them and there can be a lot they can take away from it. I look forward to hearing what questions they have for me and if there are questions, then that means they are understanding and learning…”.

With this contract, Cammie wants to ensure that program clients of various levels of knowledge of accounting know that they can learn anything. She explains that her contract will allow her to have a short meeting that will be around an hour total, allotting a 30-minute prep time and a 30-minute follow-up with each client. In these meetings, she hopes to jam in as much teaching and advice she can give to each client. “These meetings are like mini versions of the trainings I give…I specifically want to make sure they can understand the basics and give them some tools that can help them become successful. Some basics include what a financial statement is, determining what the financial finished product is, and what they need to do to get there…”.

Being a financial consultant has its challenges, just like any other career. Cammie explains that the key is balancing time to meet client needs and finding the best communication method for each client. “I mold myself to the communication needs of my clients and discovering what assistance I can be to them.” Cammie finds the only real obstacle is someone who has the closed mindset of not being able to understand accounting and financing.

“If they have the closed mindset of not being able to comprehend anything related to numbers or money-related topics, it becomes a major roadblock. If I can help them break down this obstacle, then they can learn and understand. In my opinion, anyone can learn accounting and finance-related topics, especially the basics, because they are common sense. They just have to be open to it… having someone open and receptive to learning means a successful and exciting experience for both of us…” – Cammie Chun

Cammie expresses how rewarding being a financial consultant can be. She mentions the appreciation expressed by clients and hearing the “aha” and “oh” moments during training sessionss are the most rewarding parts of her job!

“There are three general highlights of my job. First is helping clients develop a skill or become more knowledgeable. The second being the appreciation of clients because it fills me with such joy. Lastly, witnessing the ‘aha’ moments in a training. All are rewarding because I know I was able to provide something useful…” – Cammie Chun

Cammie’s piece of advice to aspiring small business owners:

“Do not be afraid to ask any questions at all! You may think it’s a dumb question, but there is at least one other person in the group with the same question. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge what you don’t know because then you get to learn it. And always be willing to learn, that’s the biggest tip I can give you as a business owner."