About the Author
Scott Hoover began his business career in the 5th grade,
and not by selling lemonade. He worked after school in his family’s retail and wholesale business
serving the health care industry. The businesses included a Durable
Medical Equipment (DME) Center, retail pharmacy, and wholesale supply to nursing
homes and hospitals. By the 7th grade he was working daily as a
cashier, and by the 9th grade he was balancing and closing the cash
registers and completing the nightly bank deposits. By the time Scott graduated
high school in 1977, he had taught himself how to write computer programs and
computerized the payroll, accounts receivable, and inventory functions of the family business.
He graduated from East Carolina
University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration. His studies concentrated in Finance, Accounting, and Systems.
Since that time he has gained over 25 years of professional business management
From 1982 to 1985 Scott worked as a Consultant for
FMI (Fails Management
Institute and its affiliate Concord Management Systems,). FMI is a
consulting firm specializing in contractors and the construction industry.
Concord was a construction accounting and management software system developed by FMI
Consultants, which was later purchased by
GEAC and ultimately acquired by
Infor. Scott specialized in implementing these
accounting and management systems in
mid-sized construction companies (20 to 500 million in sales). From 1985 - 1990 Scott
worked as an independent management consultant, specializing in systems
and internal procedures.
Scott was retained by and also served as President
of Quicktek, Inc. from 1987 - 1988 for the development of
Schooner was a data driven software development tool written in the Clipper
programming language. The software product was unique because it included
an easy to use application screen designer and report writer, while
storing the application design data in Ashton Tate dBase type files.
During the 1980's, Scott helped literally hundreds of businesses
implement systems and improve their internal operations.
In 1990 Scott was retained by one of his clients to fix the internal operations
of the heavy construction,
mining, and manufacturing company B&B Excavating. Due to poor internal
procedures, and an unsuccessful accounting system conversion, the company had not seen a financial statement in over 12 months,
and it had other issues. The company had approximately 100 employees. After
solving the company’s internal reporting issues, Scott agreed to become the
company's General Manager in 1991.
As General Manager, Scott was the business manager and chief spokesman for the
company. He managed the efforts of 4 construction divisions, business
development, accounting, human resource, safety and environment, systems, and
contract administration. He also managed the legal, insurance, bonding,
banking, and CPA relationships. Scott significantly increased the company's working
capital and bonding capacity. Scott also significantly improved the
company's mining reserves by personally negotiating, developing and permitting
three new mining operations for the production of sand, gravel, asphalt, and
concrete. He focused the company on building
relationships with resort developers and negotiating contracts for turn-key
infrastructure projects. Under Scott’s leadership the company was awarded and successfully
completed many of the major infrastructure projects in the resort areas of
Colorado, including: Vail, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Strawberry Park,
Arrowhead, Cordillera, Avon, Spraddle Creek, Aspen, Snowmass, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne,
By 1997 Scott had become the Company President and been elected to the Board of
Directors. The company had
grown to over 350 employees and more than tripled in volume. As President, Scott assumed responsibility for all manufacturing divisions,
equipment divisions, and continued his construction and general management
responsibilities. Scott was also charged with maximizing shareholder value
and providing an exit strategy for the shareholders.
By 1999 Scott had located, negotiated, and completed the sale of the company to
a US arm of the publicly traded international conglomerate
CRH plc. After the sale, Scott
remained as President and also served as Vice President, Acquisitions for the Southwest
Group of Oldcastle Companies. In addition to his duties as President,
and VP of Acquisitions for the Operating Group, Scott was charged with
facilitating the first installation of the
JD Edwards accounting software system
(now Oracle) for
implementation consideration by the entire Oldcastle Materials enterprise. Scott honored his continuity commitments to Oldcastle and continued as President until 2001.
In 2001 Scott founded Endeavor, Inc. and began developing
is a standard set of templates that provide businesses and consultants the
tools, text, and framework for implementing an organized and integrated system
of formalized policies and standard operating procedures. Copedia is complete
with internal controls, best management practices, and division of duties
defined in the templates. After 2 years in development, Scott published
Copedia in December of 2003. Copedia is used by over 10,000
businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and governments worldwide.
Scott has been involved in many local community organizations. He has been an
officer in and served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce,
Rotary, and Homebuilders Association.