N. Randolph Scott, CPA
B: 1957- D: 2012
Randy Scott, the charismatic and visionary founding partner of Scott and Company LLC, considered public accounting one of the world’s finest professions. He started Scott and Company LLC in 1995. Having previously been with two of the “Big 4” accounting firms, Randy’s idea was to start a firm that offered the quality of service of the larger accounting firms at lower rates. Part of Randy’s vision was to start a successful CPA firm that would become so established in Columbia and South Carolina that the firm and its name would be synonymous with high quality services and continue for generations. With the help of his partners, Randy pursued this vision. Together they built one of the premier accounting firms in South Carolina, with the expertise to perform services, for not only small to medium-sized businesses, but for very large and complex clients as well, including clients registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
As Managing Partner of Scott and Company LLC until his passing in 2012, Randy oversaw the administration of the firm and provided business consulting for a diverse group of disciplines. Randy was also the audit partner-in-charge of the firm’s assurance services division, and practiced before the Securities Exchange Commission. In 2010, the firm opened an office in Greenville, South Carolina.
Randy had over twenty years total accounting and auditing experience, including five years audit experience with “Big 5” accounting firms, serving major clients in the manufacturing, healthcare, governmental, not-for-profit and financial services industries. Prior to organizing the firm of Scott and Company LLC, Randy worked for two international accounting firms in Columbia, South Carolina, and was partner-in-charge of the auditing practice for a local accounting firm.
In 1992, Randy became a member of South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA), where he served on the Managing Partners Task Force. He was awarded SCACPA’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 2004 and was posthumously awarded SCACPA’s most prestigious Award, Service to the Profession, in 2012. During SCACPA’s November 2015 Centennial Gala, Randy was again distinguished, posthumously, being named by SCACPA as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.
Randy was also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), and was certified in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
In 1999, Randy completed the “Leadership in Professional Service Firms” course at Harvard University’s School of Business
As a community volunteer, Randy served on the following boards or committees: Boy Scouts, Indian Waters Council-President; Richland County Sheriffs’ Foundation, Inc. – Treasurer; USC Friends of Accounting – Chairman; Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce – Board Member; Junior Achievement-Board Member; Juvenile Diabetes Foundation; Columbia Urban Lending Project, Keep the Midlands Beautiful and Rotary Club of Columbia – Finance. Randy’s tireless work on behalf of Scouting earned him the 2007 Silver Beaver Award for Outstanding Service. Regarded as a consummate professional, Randy will be missed by his community, family and friends.
To read more about Randy, please go to Randy Scott Leaves a Legacy Beyond His Profession.