Debbie Scoppechio, Chairman
“We've used Strothman and Company for 25 years that should tell you about our relationship. I don’t call them accountants. They’re really business partners. Ray Strothman actually started the business with me. He took me to every bank to try to get a line of credit. He probably wrote more of the business plan than I did. He absolutely helped us get this business started. I’m not sure I could have done it without him.”
Under founder Debbie Scoppechio’s leadership, Scoppechio has grown to become the largest creative agency in Kentucky and one of the largest independent agencies in the United States. Since 2009, the agency has been 100 percent employee-owned.
How Strothman Helps
Debbie was one of Strothman’s first clients, back in 1987 when she was first starting her agency. We began by helping her obtain a line of credit, develop a business plan, set up a basic accounting system and establish tax-planning strategies. When Debbie was considering acquisitions, we performed due diligence, including tax planning and structuring. As she considered the future, we helped her create an employee stock ownership plan. Our ongoing assistance includes annual review and financial statement preparation, as well as tax preparation and planning. We consider Debbie’s continuing success to be a measure of our success.