Fast 15: Megan Iseman

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Class of 2022 Megan Iseman Corporate Controller AcreTrader

Megan Iseman grew up in the Kansas City, Kan., metro and attended college at the University of Arkansas. She earned bachelor’s (2014) and master’s (2016) degrees in accounting and an MBA (2016) all from the UA, which recognized her with the Outstanding Accounting Senior Award and the First Ranked Senior Scholar Award, signifying a cumulative grade-point average of 4.00 on all coursework completed.

Iseman said it’s not necessarily the nuts and bolts of everyday accounting that keeps her energized. It’s integrating that background at the organizational level to allow fast-growing businesses to scale operations.

“I don’t necessarily love putting financial statements together,” she joked. “Accounting for me is [using] the tools I have gained to bring order to chaos and provide more information for faster, well-informed decision-making. I love organizing and figuring out the best way to do things.”

Professionally, Iseman interned for PwC and ConocoPhillips and later was an executive consultant at Fayetteville consultancy Startup Junkie.

She spent two years (2019-2021) at Allterity, which provides strategic financial and operations support to growing companies. While at Allterity, Iseman worked with several businesses as an outsourced controller and helped establish budgets, financial plans and operating plans that allowed the companies to prosper. She also helped several clients secure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, which was lifesaving for their business.

Last fall, Iseman joined Fayetteville land brokerage AcreTrader, the online farmland investing platform that’s raised more than $75 million in outside capital since 2018. Iseman’s team leads the accounting strategy for a business that’s grown five times in the past year and gone from 15 employees to nearly 100 since January 2021.

“We hire people that want to build a business,” CEO Carter Malloy said. “Her impact on the business has already reached every corner of the company. She has exceeded expectations in building our accounting department, internal controls and reporting. More importantly, she has helped us tremendously in forecasting growth of the business, hiring and strategy.”

Iseman spends plenty of time outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping. She also joins regularly with a running group in the mornings.