McBride Accounting Group was founded in 2000 by Allan McBride, an accounting industry veteran.
Having worked for over twenty-five years as an ‘in house’ accountant in the construction and real estate development fields, Allan had noted common challenges encountered by all his former employers. All experienced similar frustrations with the accounting systems they had been ‘sold’. Even after investing in computer hardware and software, networking, consulting, and hiring and training staff – none were getting what they really wanted and needed most: timely, reliable, and down-to-earth cost reporting.
Even the simple task of determining whether a job or project was over or under budget seemed to be an elusive goal.
Allan understood that companies needed a reporting system everyone in the organization could easily use and understand; An accounting management system designed for real people, in real business facing real business challenges.
In 2000, Allan turned his experience and practical understanding of business accounting to the benefit of small businesses throughout BC, opening the doors to a new kind of accounting firm, with a unique perspective. McBride Accounting Group is a firm that not only recognizes and understands practical business accounting needs, but the needs of the real people who operate those businesses.
Allan possesses over thirty years experience in the construction and real estate development industries. He earned his stripes the hard way: on the construction sites with the superintendents and tradespeople. He worked as a bookkeeper, paymaster, project accountant and business manager on several high profile projects of the late ’70s and ’80s such as the Dease Lake extension of the BC Rail line, the highway relocation for the Revelstoke Dam Project, two legs of the Alaska Highway Pipeline and the Saddle Dome in Calgary.
In 1985 he joined Relax Developments of Calgary. As a management accountant he developed and supervised the accounting routine for the development and construction of over twenty hotels from Vancouver to Ottawa. He moved his family to Kelowna in ’93 to oversee the cost accounting for the Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort.
In 1997, he assumed the Controller position at the prestigious Gallagher’s Canyon residential development and introduced them to Timberline accounting software.
In September of 2000, he stepped out on his own and has since been offering bookkeeping, general accounting and tax services to small businesses throughout BC.
Andrew joined McBride Accounting Group in the fall of 2005. Recently out of high school, Allan took Andrew under his wing and brought him into a world of business. Basic data entry quickly turned into full-cycle bookkeeping for several clients in a variety of different industries. Andrew has done it all from large construction projects to small contractors, from restaurants to retail.
Andrew graduated from Okanagan College with a Business Administration diploma. Andrew was able to finish his diploma while working full time and still achieve the Dean’s List for many of his semesters. Andrew had the unique benefit of being immediately able to implement all of the accounting theory that he learned school. Andrew will be returning to school soon to finish up his bachelors degree.