8020 Consultant Scott Longacre recently celebrated his eighth work anniversary with our company! In the Q&A below, we look back on his time with 8020 Consulting and explore what he’s looking forward to in years to come.
1. What do you enjoy most about your work as a consultant?
I get to see different businesses and meet so many people. As a result, I am always learning and building relationships.
2. What are some of your favorite projects since you started working at 8020, and why?
I had an entertainment client that was utilizing acquisitions of smaller companies to gain access to new lines of business. I was the project manager on two of them and managed the post-acquisition integration of both. In addition, I was the interim controller at one of them for a short time, which really let me see and understand this new media line of business.
3. How do you think your skills have grown over the last eight years?
I believe the two greatest improvements for me have been my people management skills and my system and technology knowledge. Working with so many companies has exposed me to many different types of managers and subordinates. This myriad of personalities and leadership styles has given me the opportunity to really see what motivates people and what produces the best results in people. On the system side, I have implemented and have been trained on many different financial systems and tools. As a result, I am extremely comfortable working within any platform—even ones I have not seen.
4. What advice would you give a new hire at 8020 Consulting?
Make the job yours; do not let the job make you. Take ownership, and show the client what you can do. Explore the client, meet people in other areas and strive to do more than expected.
5. What has been the most unexpectedly rewarding part of your career path?
Control of my schedule. Consulting allows you to have greater control of your time. I love having the ability to always be there for my family and watching my kids grow up. I love never missing their games and choir performances.
6. What about consulting work still drives you?
Always learning and never getting bored.
7. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?
I would like to thank each and every one of my clients. They have made this experience so rewarding and exciting.
8. What are you most excited about currently?
Experiencing the joys of life with my family.
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Scott has more than 25 years of finance and accounting experience spanning several industries with companies large and small. He is an Ernst & Young alumnus who was Manager of Finance for Disney’s Network Television Division before he moved on to Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Korn/Ferry Futurestep. As a consultant, Scott has performed system implementations, conducted business process re-engineering, created forecasting and budgeting models, and managed internal and external financial reporting. He has filled the role of Interim CFO for several companies, managing them through successful acquisition as well as post–merger accounting integration for the acquiring companies. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and is an active CPA.