Remembering Don Scholl

Published April 2, 2024 By Roman H. Kepczyk

CPAFMA is saddened to announce the passing of one of its founding members, Donald Scholl. Don created the Association for Accounting Administration in 1984, along with industry consultants Clifford Brownstein and Gene Cohen, and served as its first president from 1984-1986. He continued to serve the Association as an Advisory Board Member through his retirement in 2009, setting up what would become today’s CPAFMA.

Don is especially remembered for his strategic planning consulting which included advising hundreds of today’s leading CPA firms via his Management for Results (MFR) and Predictive Index (PI) programs.  He was highly regarded as a retreat facilitator and for leading staff development programs for many CPAFMA firms. Those experiences brought CPAFMA a wealth of practical knowledge and advice that helped grow CPAFMA to the leading association for CPA Firm Management.

I personally had the honor and pleasure of working with Don in multiple capacities.  As a Board Member to CPAFMA he brought a broad range of real-world experience and sage advice on issues that were important to our profession, which he did with unique humor and exceptional clarity.  As a Partner at Henry & Horne, I experienced first-hand his consulting skills as my firm was a disciple of both his MFR and PI programs, helping that firm grow to one of the most successful firms in Arizona. And finally, as a colleague in the New Horizon Group, Don helped me develop my own consulting skills and to learn the business of advisory services within the CPA profession.

Don, you are warmly remembered by all that had the privilege of working with you and we are heartened to know that you are joining Peg in a better place. We thank you for all your contributions to CPAFMA and to the accounting profession.