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Every year I write a Thanksgiving blog, reflecting on the growth of our firm, how awesome our employees and customers are, and the privilege we have every day to be able to serve and truly make a difference in the lives of our clients. As founder and CEO, I have been solely focused and driven to meet our targets, budgets, goals and have worked as hard as ever. 

I recently turned 55, and this past year has been one of reflection and attempting to truly define the meaning of why I and we do what we do every day.  The “Higher Purpose” of working hard and making great impacts for customers while using the God-given talents we are so fortunate to have is incredibly fulfilling. My struggle was deeper, as I felt like the love and respect and caring for others and giving back, which was a primary basis of my vision, had become distorted as we doubled in size from 2012 to 2017.  I felt as if I was on a soul-searching journey to re-establish our vision.  

On October 31, (yes, Halloween) I was diagnosed with a very rare form of stomach cancer.  I’m currently undergoing a strict regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, which hopefully will lead to a curative surgery in the months ahead.  It’s in God’s hands. Hence the reason this Thanksgiving is more meaningful than ever. 

During the last 6 months I have been truly seeking time with my higher power, and just a few months ago I bought a sticker for my truck that says “HE>I”.  What I was missing was the fact that it isn’t about me, but a higher calling, a more deeper meaning of my life’s journey and the vision of RGCI.  When God controls my day I put others first, I care more deeply about serving and being more selfless rather than selfish.  There is a freedom like no other, when you truly understand your purpose for the long road big picture of life.  It’s laughter in the hallways, smiles, giving back to others and treating everyone as you would want to be treated. 

I’m so thankful for the incredible outpouring of support and love shown to me by my employees, friends, family, and customers.  The deeper meaning of why we do what we do is clear now.  John 15:5 says “I am the vine and you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.  Apart from me you can do nothing.”

Happy Thanksgiving,

Scott Butler

Managing Director & CEO

Redstone Government Consulting, Inc.

 

Written by Scott Butler

Scott Butler Scott is the Chairman of the Board with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. and has more than 25 years of government contracting experience. He specializes in all aspects of cost accounting and compliance relating to DCAA, FAR, CAS and US GAAP. Scott also specializes in revenue recognition, complex disclosure issues and consulting services to our government contractors. Professional Experience Scott was responsible for the SEC, US GAAP, DCAA compliance and external audit oversight, and financial statement for a large publicly-held government contractor before becoming a shareholder with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. He has focused his career on assisting contractors with achieving their goals and objectives along with mitigating risk and maximizing cost recovery. Scott serves in an advisory board capacity with many of our clients, and consults with them on strategic issues such as executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions exit strategies and long-term strategic initiatives. Scott has conducted numerous training seminars, has published several articles and is a frequent instructor for Federal Publication Seminars on topics such as “FAR Cost Principles,” “DCAA audits,” “Government Contract Accounting Systems Compliance” and “Business System Internal Controls.” Scott also has been involved with numerous complex accounting system implementations in a Deltek® Costpoint environment. He sources, manages and leads these implementations, as well as large compliance engagements for our customers. Education Scott earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Jacksonville State University with a major in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science. Certifications State of Alabama Certified Public Accountant Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Affiliations American Institute of Certified Public Accountants National Contract Management Association Professional Services Council Board of Directors - Wells Fargo Bank-Huntsville Board of Directors - Kids to Love Foundation (Founding Member)

About Redstone GCI

Redstone Government Consultants are a team of the most senior industry veterans and the brightest new talent in the industry. Many have held senior government positions including leadership roles in the DCAA. Our new talents bring significant accounting and software experience along with fresh perspectives, inspiration and energy to our team. Through our leadership and combined experience, we provide a unique perspective, bringing both government and contractor proficiencies to bear and ensuring rock-solid government compliance for our clients.

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