Dr. Mary Ann Campbell, CFP, owner of Money Magic, Inc., is a committed money educator, consumer advocate, and community leader. An experienced on-air television and radio personality, she has won two national awards for her Money Magic ETV series on Arkansas public television. She uniquely combines magic skills with keen business knowledge to create a dynamic and powerful learning experience.
Growing up in Mabelvale, Arkansas, Mary Ann was active in Girl Scouts, 4-H, and Future Homemakers of America. “My participation in these activities taught me skills in organization and leadership,” she noted.
Mary Ann started her business when she was asked to teach a consumer problems class at the local university that turned out to be a course in personal finance, a course she had never taken. “The college needed someone immediately,” she said, “and I wanted to learn.” Teaching the class was a learning experience for Mary Ann and the start of a life-long business venture. “Dr. MAC,” as her students call her, incorporated her business in 1980, completed her certified financial planner certification in 1985, and her Ph.D. with a focus in personal and family finance in 2007.
Knowing that she would also benefit from education and training, Mary Ann called upon the expertise of SBA’s SCORE Business Counselors and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC). She used what she learned to grow her business. Now a successful entrepreneur, she is the Chair of the Advisory Council for the ASBTDC.
Mary Ann’s dedication to women’s issues was a key factor in her award as the Arkansas District Office’s 2014 Women in Business Champion of the Year. Arkansas Business newspaper has listed her as one of the top 100 women in Arkansas. She is a founding member of the Arkansas Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She also received a Presidential appointment to be the Chair of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). At NWBC she dealt with heads of agencies and members of Congress on policy issues to help improve small business opportunities.