Scott Copeland: Partner-In-Charge, Audit


Q and A

Q. What accounting law or regulation would you like to see changed?

Sarbanes-Oxley. It just doesn't make sense for the small and middle market companies; it needs to be streamlined to make it more workable and practical.

Q. What's it like working for a company that's been around for so long?

I see AMLLP as being a young, nimble company. Our 50 years of existence simply shows longevity, that we've been around the block. The constantly changing dynamics of our industry keep us young. We're perpetual new kids on the block going head-to-head with Big Four and other regional firms on virtually any issue. Bigger firms are becoming increasingly hard-pressed to show that they have a resource advantage.

Q. Who is/was the most influential person in your career?

The guy who invented double-entry bookkeeping hundreds of years ago. I can't think of anyone in public accounting who has radically changed the profession.

Q. What nugget of wisdom would you offer aspiring accountants?

Public accounting offers significant advantages. It puts your career on the fast track; you learn more in less time in public accounting than in any other field; it's as good as any MBA course and you get paid for it. Stick with public accounting for five to six years, and if you like it, you'll have nothing to worry about.

Q. If you could go back and change any aspect of your life, which would it be?

I'm happy where I am, which means that I still have plenty of time to do in the present whatever I could have done in the past.

Beyond the Boardroom

Deserted island wish list:

Any tropical island will do; just add family, good food, wine, and cold beer.

Favorite vacation:

Ocean cruising - It's totally relaxing. Everything is done for you. Public accounting can be very stressful, and you're on the go, constantly. Cruising on the high seas is a great way to cut loose and relieve the tension.

What are your hobbies?

Traveling with my wife to Los Angeles, Arizona, Oregon, or Washington to watch college football, collecting wine, running, and exercising.

Most prized possessions:

My family.

What keeps you up at night?

Colin, born February 24, 2006. Coming to work has suddenly become relaxing!

Favorite film(s):

The Godfather (entire series)

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