Ron Causey recognized early on in founding and running consulting, audit and tax firm SC&H Group that the company would have to offer an array of services to meet the growing and shifting needs of its clients.
The firm systematically expanded departments, including investment banking and valuation advisory, wealth management and a technology advisory, and grew to roughly 250 employees with clients across the mid-Atlantic who give it a high Net Promoter score, he says.
Causey’s unconventional leadership style extends to the way he compensates and rewards employees. In 2015, the firm converted to a 100 percent employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) so that everyone has a stake in the company. He also offers popular perks such as firm-sponsored trips to resort destinations, gym memberships, weekly social events, day trips and offsite team building events. “They are the building blocks of our continuing success,” he says.
Technology has been a key focus of the company from the outset. Recently, the firm launched a Technology Advisory Services division that’s been leading middle-market clients through the evolving economic landscape. SC&H Group has helped large clients such as Hilton Worldwide operate the Oracle-Hyperion technology suite to run its business more efficiently.
Serving the community is another priority for Causey and SC&H Group. Each employee averages 27 hours of volunteer or pro bono work a year.