“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.” ~ Steve Prefontaine, marathoner and running legend
Much like training for a marathon, Scott Bergin, recently hired controller and marathon runner, plans to make great strides for the finance department to be “fiscally fit” as it travels into the future.
In his short time at JHCC, Bergin already has goals in place for his first year. “Ideally, I would like managers to receive all their necessary financial information at the touch of a finger,” he reveals. To achieve this, it would require a change from manual to electronic financial record keeping.
Bergin continues, “The goal is to utilize our current technology, resulting in a user-friendly program which electronically distributes the most comprehensive, up-to-date financial information to the management team.” In the future, he would like to see more services that are currently outsourced brought in-house, including tax return documentation.
While distance running requires time, effort, and dedication, so does the transition from manual to electronic reporting. “Much of the current information is recorded and distributed manually,” he says. “The challenge will be transferring the records to electronic form without a fiscal reporting gap.”
His track record prior to our organization includes serving ten years as controller at the Lutheran Home and Harwood Place in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. In that capacity his responsibilities included all financial reporting for the organizations (i.e., financial statements, tax returns, Medicaid & Medicare cost reports). He also prepared the annual operating budgets, managed the annual financial audit, presented financial results to the board, participated in strategic planning, and managed the business office staff. During his time at the Lutheran Home, Bergin also served four years as CFO for the board. Prior to that, he worked in accounting at Eastcastle Place.
It was a lateral move for Bergin to change pace and join JHCC. “I was serving as interim CFO at the Lutheran Home. When a new CFO was hired, they planned on taking away the responsibilities I enjoyed: overseeing staff, reporting to the CEO and presenting financials to the board,” says Bergin. “I wanted to find an organization where I could continue to perform those responsibilities.”
Bergin, a Wisconsin native, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Carroll University. He has two daughters, aged 33 and 31. The older works in IT in Milwaukee; the younger is a recruiter in Portland, Oregon, and is the owner/designer of her own clothing line. As you might have guessed, when not crunching numbers, he can be found pounding the pavement. He runs six miles per day (even in the winter) and has completed four marathons, with the Chicago marathon ranking as his favorite.
If past performances (both mental and physical) are any indication, JHCC is set to distance itself for success well into the fiscal future.