Partner-In-Charge of Audit

Scott Copeland, CPA


I still have plenty of time to do in the present whatever I could have done in the past.

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Meet Scott

Scott began his career in San Francisco with Deloitte & Touche and started with Armanino in 2002. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1989 with honors, was certified in 1994, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Scott has 20 years of experience in both public and private accounting covering a variety of businesses and organizations including consumer business/retail, technology, manufacturing and SEC companies.

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Professional History


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • Western Washington University


  • Armanino LLP
  • Odenberg Ullakko Muranishi LLP
  • John R. McKean & Co.
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP


Q. What accounting law or regulation would you like to see changed?
Sarbanes-Oxley. It just doesn't make sense for the small and middle market companies; it needs to be streamlined to make it more workable and practical.
Q. What's it like working for a company that's been around for so long?
I see Armanino as being a young, nimble company. Our 50 years of existence simply shows longevity, that we've been around the block. The constantly changing dynamics of our industry keep us young. We're perpetual new kids on the block going head-to-head with Big Four and other regional firms on virtually any issue. Bigger firms are becoming increasingly hard-pressed to show that they have a resource advantage.
Q. Who is/was the most influential person in your career?
The guy who invented double-entry bookkeeping hundreds of years ago. I can't think of anyone in public accounting who has radically changed the profession.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Public accounting offers significant advantages. It puts your career on the fast track; you learn more in less time in public accounting than in any other field; it's as good as any MBA course and you get paid for it. Stick with public accounting for five to six years, and if you like it, you'll have nothing to worry about.
Q. If you could go back and change any aspect of your life, which would it be?
I'm happy where I am, which means that I still have plenty of time to do in the present whatever I could have done in the past.
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March 21, 2012