Scott Roehr’s Values: Analyzed
Scott Roehr left a big corporation to go out on his own, and like most newbie single-practitioners, he instantly had monumental obstacles to surmount—such as operating a fax machine or sending packages. “FedEx was a challenge,” Roehr admits. But leaving a support staff behind isn’t all bad. “I like having my own shingle out,” the principal of Restaurant CapAdvisor says. At the time, the decision to leave Deloitte was easy. Sarbanes-Oxley compliance was making it harder to do his job. “I had to change the scope of what I was doing at Deloitte or go out on my own,” he says, adding he went with the less risk-adverse decision at the time. Here’s more about Roehr in his own words:
Uncle Scott Roehr entertains nieces Hannah (left) and Jessica and nephew Zachary
First job: It was with Coopers & Lybrand. I was hired as an auditor, but my first assignment was a business valuation project. Shortly thereafter, I was adopted by the valuation practice. I spent an additional eight years at Deloitte before starting my own practice five years ago.
Best advice you’ve been given: To strive for success on my own terms.
Advice you give: Distill, distill, distill; eliminate moving parts.
What motivates you? If my practice doesn’t work out, I will have to get a real job (something I don’t enjoy doing as much).
How do you de-stress? Exercise (typically cycling or walking a round of golf) or driving (scooting out of town for a few days if time allows; but even puttering around in Pasadena running errands seems to work, too).
What do you do on your lunch break? I almost always read a few articles from the L.A. Times or The Wall Street Journal.
Signature accessory: It would have to be a stainless steel coffee mug that I use both at home and when traveling. I am a morning person and typically start my work day at 6 a.m. with a pot of French Roast coffee.
Most prized possession: A Seven Axiom, my road bicycle. It’s light, strong but comfortable, and the geometry of the frame is perfect—it just fits. I get out for an hour ride most days.
Favorite indulgence: I have a standing golf game on Friday afternoons, followed by 19th-hole margaritas and dinner at Houston’s in Pasadena.
What’s on your iPod? Mostly books on tape.
Other thoughts on:
Golfing: Golf is a game that should be walked. I prefer to carry my bag, but harbor no ill will to those who prefer to walk and push (or pull) their clubs on a trolley.
Grilling: As a life-long bachelor, I have a fairly well-developed set of foraging skills—lower grade shopping and cooking skills. At home, most of my dinners come off my grill.
Solitude: I enjoy collaborating with people. But thrive on a bit more solitude than most.