Scott Gutterman is a finance executive with more than twenty-five years of broad-based experience developed within law firms, a real estate company, an international business advisory and consulting firm and a Fortune 500 company. Having served such a variety of organizations, Scott not only understands all aspects of finance and accounting, but also offers honed skill in departmental management, financial reporting, financial forecasting and analysis, micro and macro strategic planning, process reengineering, operations management and auditing, among other areas.
Scott has worked as Kelley Drye’s chief financial officer (CFO) since 2004. A member of the firm’s senior management team, Scott oversees a wide range of functional areas, including accounting operations, tax planning and compliance, financial reporting and analysis, billing, collections and treasury-related initiatives. Scott serves as the primary business advisor to Kelley Drye’s partnership concerning firm economics and the impact financial decisions have on both tactical and strategic business initiatives.
Scott currently manages a department of approximately 30+ finance professionals. Notably, he serves on the firm’s client and billing committee and directs treasury activities, including bank relations, cash management, short-term investments, debt facilities and equipment leasing. Scott is most appreciated for his ability to identify problems, drive issues to closure, understand the firm’s culture and how to set and achieve goals, network effectively internally with partners in order to build consensus and achieve synergy, and maintain strong relationships with clients as needed. He is also valued for his skill in driving down firm costs and ensuring management remains apprised of all issues and challenges, and in negotiating contracts and payment plans with both clients and vendors.
In whatever Scott does, he remains partner- and client-focused. As a supervisor, Scott strives to empower other professionals at every level, giving them the direction they need to succeed and the discretion they require to manage their work in the most efficient way possible. As a professional, he is dedicated to answering his phone, meeting all deadlines and responding to constituents both inside and outside of the firm.
Stewart Hall. Inc., treasurer and board member, 2010–present