2015 Alumnus of the Year

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Cam Matheny

DSC_0946cCam Matheny is the president of the state certified public accounting firm Matheny & Company, AC based in Ripley WV. A 2002 graduate of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Matheny began his post-secondary education before graduating high school through the dual enrollment option.

After high school, he continued his education at WVU Parkersburg’s main campus. He completed paramedic training and became certified as a National Registry Paramedic before working for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority in Charleston.

Matheny later returned to WVU Parkersburg to pursue a career change and earn a degree in business. He continued to work full-time for Kanawha County and balanced his schedule by utilizing the Jackson County Center, online courses and the main campus.

Great faculty like Roger Lewis, inspired Matheny to focus his study on accounting. He remembers Professor Lewis telling his Principles of Accounting students that if accounting made sense to them and they understood the concept, they should really consider an accounting degree. That is exactly what Matheny did.

In his last year, Matheny took initiative and successfully approached Ripley CPA Marci Weyer about a nonexistent internship at her firm. He also participated in the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants’ recruiting fair where he secured numerous job offers before he accepted a position with Charleston firm, Gibbons & Kawash.

In December 2002, Matheny graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an emphasis in accounting. He began working for Gibbons & Kawash in January 2003 as an auditor.

Matheny began his entrepreneurial journey just a couple years after starting as an auditor. He passed the certified public accountants’ exam to gain his state licensure as a CPA and started his first company in fall 2005.

Matheny developed his niche as a small business owner by consulting with non-profits and governmental entities to help them improve accounting functions. This expertise enabled him to work with regional planning and development councils in the state and afforded him the opportunity to speak at several regional and national conferences.

In late 2014, Matheny’s first unpaid internship paid off in a big way. Marci Weyer was ready to retire and wanted Matheny to take over her tax and accounting firm. On January 1, 2015, Matheny became the president of the new firm, Matheny & Company AC.

Matheny is active with several local non-profits and currently sits on the board of directors for the Jackson County Players and the Cedar Lakes Foundation. He is the co-owner of The Jackson View, a monthly news magazine distributed in Jackson County and been an active member of the WVU Parkersburg Alumni Advisory Committee.

Matheny and his beautiful wife, Mary, reside in Ravenswood with their two amazing daughters, Alison and Danielle.