Scott A. Hammon
Over 20 years of experience assisting public and private companies in a variety of industries. Prior to joining MGO, Scott was a Senior Manager with a Big Four firm, where he was a member of its Northern California IPO and M&A service teams. He has significant experience in working with growth companies, having taken multiple such companies, including those pursuing a roll-up strategy, from the development stage through a sale or IPO.
Professional Associations and Leadership.
Past President, United Cerebral Palsy Association
Member, Golden State Capital Network
Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
Phi Beta Kappa
Graduate, Pacific Coast Banking School
Why are you passionate about public accounting?
It has so much variety, both internally and externally. It’s one of the few jobs that includes teaching, marketing and serving clients in one role, giving you the best of each of these. Externally our industry gives you the freedom to periodically reinvent yourself. I started as a financial services expert, then moved into spending most of my time working with healthcare related clients, and now I’ve metamorphosed into being an expert in high tech and bio tech, which I find really exciting. Public accounting allows me to bring a portable set of skills to a variety of industries.
Why do you like working at MGO?
I joined MGO because of its culture of freedom and the flexibility to pursue my interests in the way I choose. People here are empowered in terms of scheduling, career paths, and goal setting, but at the same time we experience close mentoring and guidance in making these decisions.
Describe a favorite client or client story.
I have had a lot of great clients, but one in particular that I enjoyed working with was a very casual, fun company with a CFO who is very bright, has worked with several successful companies and comes to work in jeans and O’Neill surfing shirts. It’s always a pleasure to work with him and his team, even on tough, technical issues.
One of our clients is a public company in a rapid change industry. We’re especially proud of our service to them because of the bench strength we’ve dedicated to resolve very complicated situations in a timely, responsive manner. We’ve worked through a hugely complicated transaction with them, a total restructuring of their capital arrangements to avoid a potential bankruptcy, that involved 24/7 service and availability to meet their needs and time constraints.
What qualities do you look for in job applicants?
I look for inquisitiveness or intellectual curiosity, a desire for continued learning and growth. We try to hire smart people who know who they are and what they want to accomplish in life. I look for them to be engaged not only in their work but the world around them and respectful of peers and clients. I really enjoy seeing our new college graduates progress over 3-5 years and begin to show a developed leadership style and solid business understanding.
Who are you outside the office?
Now that my wife and I are empty nesters we have traded travel for our kids' events to travel for ourselves. For my next milestone birthday I plan on using the flexibility that MGO provides to ride across the U.S. (one of my bucket list items).
What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
Professionally, I think I am known for being able to take very complex business or technical issues and break them down into practical solutions...that and a mean batch of Christmas cookies!p>