March 17, 2017 Arlington, Texas - Sutton Frost Cary LLP (SFC) currently has over 20 CPAs working for the firm through the Arlington and Fort Worth offices. SFC is excited to showcase each one of them throughout the year. SFC is excited to announce that Ellen Barker has been selected for this CPA Spotlight!



Hometown: Dallas, TX

Alma Mater: Troy University, Troy Alabama

What’s your role at SFC? Audit Associate

How long have you been with the firm? Getting close to 2 years now

What made you want to become a CPA? Being a CPA wasn’t my first career choice; actually, I thought I wanted to be an architect. When that didn’t work out, I thought I’d go into finance since I was good at math and keeping up with money. However, I took a career counseling class and realized if I got an accounting degree I could not only do accounting, but finance or any other business type job so I started taking accounting classes. It wasn’t until I started my intermediate accounting class that I really learned what public accounting was and what being a CPA meant. Although at this time I still hadn’t committed to wanting to work in public accounting, I knew I wanted to become a CPA to be better qualified in whatever career path I chose.

What are 3 words to describe SFC? Family, Commitment, Growth

What drew you to SFC originally? And how has SFC changed since? I was just trying to find a job; I had just graduated college. I was preferably looking for a CPA firm that would let me work as an audit associate and SFC offered me that job. I never thought I would actually love my job this much as well as the people I work with. SFC has doubled in size since I was hired and it’s exciting to be a part of that growth.

Before working at SFC what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? In college, I got to co-host a local show a couple of times and that was obviously very exciting and something I never thought I would get to experience.

What can we find you doing when you’re not at work? Being from a small town, I love being in such a big city where there are so many things to do. When I’m not at work I have been trying new things and exploring the DFW area; I have especially loved Top Golf.

SFC is a full-service CPA firm that has been serving the DFW area for more than 25 years through offices in Arlington and Fort Worth. The firm works with privately and publicly held businesses in construction, manufacturing, insurance, distribution and technology industries, as well as nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plans. SFC is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals.