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Profile: Paul Calhoun, Haddox Reid Burkes & Calhoun CPA's

Paul Calhoun is happy being a CPA and serving as managing partner of the Haddox Reid Burkes & Calhoun firm, but he can also imagine himself being content working as a mechanic on small engines.

Paul Calhoun is happy being a CPA and serving as managing partner of the Haddox Reid Burkes & Calhoun firm, but he can also imagine himself being content working as a mechanic on small engines. Maybe that’s why he enjoys riding motorcycles during leisure time. “People might be surprised to learn that about me,” he said. “This past summer I met up with my college roommate and we spent several days riding our motorcycles in the mountains.”

However, duty with the firm calls and he answers, especially this busy time of year. “The interaction with our clients is what I like most about accounting,” he said. “Being able to help them achieve their goals or solve problems or issues they might have.”

He considered a career in engineering but decided job opportunities were not good at the time he was making a decision about a college major. “A career in accounting seemed to be one that would provide opportunities even when the economy was not good,” he said. “I wanted the opportunity to work with interesting people and learn about their businesses.”

Calhoun, 57, has not been disappointed with his career choice of accounting, feeling he’s been blessed to work with a lot of interesting people and exposed to many different types of businesses. As managing member, he oversees the firm’s operations and is a member of its audit and assurance service group. He has managed audit and related services for clients in numerous industries, including wholesale-distribution, real estate, manufacturing, services and nonprofit.

Some of the challenges of accounting, he feels, include staying current with constantly changing laws, regulations and rules that affect clients and the firm. “Determining how these changes impact our clients and effectively communicating the opportunities or alternatives they have resulting from this changing business environment is a challenge,” he said. “Other challenges are developing and mentoring our staff to assume more responsibilities with our clients and growing our practice to provide more opportunities for our staff.”

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Calhoun is a past president and board member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the advisory board of the University of Alabama School of Accountancy.

As the son of an Air Force career dad, Paul Calhoun was reared in several different places after his birth in Lubbock, Tex. He lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, Orlando, Fla., Alamogordo, N.M., and Birmingham, Ala., with his mom and dad and three younger siblings. At age 15 he had his first job delivering the morning newspaper.

He and his wife, Perrie, are the parents of a daughter and two sons – one of whom happens to be at Mississippi State University majoring in computer hardware engineering.

In addition to riding motorcycles, Calhoun likes to watch Crimson Tide football and help young men complete the goal of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. He also works with young people at First Baptist Church of Jackson where he is a former deacon and currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. He formerly served as a board member and finance chairman of Jackson Academy.

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