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     Scott Hoover



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 had 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 experience.

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.  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, Keystone, and Breckenridge.

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 Oldcastle Materials, 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 Copedia.  Copedia 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.