Born and raised on the island of Maui in Hawaii, Scott moved to the mainland to attend college at Portland State University. He was immediately drawn to the Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer.
After graduating with a bachelors’ degree in health and human performance, Scott started his own small business and spent 10 years living in Bend and five years living in Idaho before returning to the Portland area. Owning his own business and handling his own bookkeeping sparked his interest in accounting. He enjoyed working with numbers and felt that accounting was a great field with transferrable skills, so after moving back to Portland he earned his post-baccalaureate degree in accounting from Linfield.
Accounting is a perfect fit for Scott. It pairs his entrepreneurial background with his desire to understand and help each business client to succeed. “I have a curiosity to help each business,” says Scott.
Scott is a highly motivated person with the determination and fortitude to not only change careers, but to also stay focused on continuous self-improvement. His favorite quote by John Wooden is, “If you’re not making mistakes you aren’t doing anything. I’m positive that doers make mistakes.”
This quote captures Scott’s philosophy. “I want to be a teammate and collaborate with clients, keeping and honest and open dialogue,” says Scott. “Whatever happens, we’ll work together.”
Scott started working for McCoy Foat in 2015. He was drawn to the firm because of their reputation, knowledge and client focus. Scott lives in West Linn with his wife and two children. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, going to the beach and enjoying the outdoors.
Food: Hawaiian plate lunch or luau and sushi
Weekend Getaway: Oregon coast or Central Oregon