The new edition of Introduction to Managerial Accounting by author Peter Brewer features new real-world exercises that follow managerial accounting decisions at a real small business. While the addition of the exercises is thrilling for instructors and students, there is so much more to the story. Peter provides some insight into why these new additions mean so much to him.
“My youngest daughter Annie, who has autism, will earn her certificate of completion from TC Roberson High School this year in Asheville, NC. We started Annie B's Homemade Ice Cream to provide Annie, as well as other disabled adults, a viable career path through adulthood. We opened the shop in July 2022, and it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. All our employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Annie, thrive in the shop and our catering business. While my Ph.D. in accounting has provided many benefits to me and my family throughout my life, the diploma I earned at the Mystic Ice Cream Boot Camp while learning to make ice cream stands at the top of my academic achievements because it was instrumental in providing a future for my daughter.
Besides fulfilling our mission of providing employment opportunities for disabled adults, running the shop has also given me first-hand experience applying the principles of managerial accounting. A set of exercises that we have created to accompany my franchise of textbooks demonstrates for our students how the principles of managerial accounting apply in a real-world business context that they all readily understand...ice cream! If I ever needed proof that the subject matter, I am teaching is precious to real-world organizations, I have found it as the owner of Annie B's Homemade Ice Cream. If you are ever in Asheville, stop by for a scoop! Or, if you ever desire to start an ice cream shop with the same mission, feel free to contact us. Perhaps we can help!”