Scott Anderson, CPA, CTA

Director, Elgin


Scott began his career with PKF Mueller in January 2014 and was committed early on to gaining exposure to PKF Mueller’s diverse clientele and the many financial services provided. Since then, he has gained in-depth business and accounting knowledge by performing audits for clients in a wide range of industries, including not-for-profit entities.

Scott is a lead member of PKF Mueller’s Consulting Group. He consults clients in fast-changing, high-growth, and distressed situations, where he helped over 100 organizations obtain capital, increase cash flows by managing net working capital and save millions through cost reduction strategies. He also helps management decide between strategic alternatives in order to improve profitability. To better consult companies on creating value, Scott became a Certified Turnaround Analyst (CTA) and an active member of the Turnaround Management Association. Recent projects include bringing a plant-based food start-up through an Initial Public offering, restructuring a travel technology division for a multi-billion private investment company, and transforming the revenue cycle for a large not-for-profit.

International business and accounting are important areas of interest for Scott, having lived seven and a half years overseas. Scott’s family spent four years in Singapore and three years in the Netherlands when he was younger. Through a study abroad program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Scott returned to Singapore in the spring of 2012 and gained experience working with various people and cultures. During the fall of 2017, Scott traveled to Munich, Germany, for three months as part of PKF Mueller’s Global Employee Exchange Program (GEEP). While there, he worked for a fellow PKF International network firm, providing consulting services for Siemens AG, and participated in cultural events, including Oktoberfest. Scott is the founder of the China Desk at PKF Mueller, which provides focused services for Chinese-owned businesses.

Education & Certifications

  • B.S., Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant, Illinois, 2016
  • Certified Turnaround Analyst, 2020
  • Certified LucaNet Professional, 2019

Professional & Civic Organizations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Member
  • Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), Member
  • RUSH Associates Board, Member
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Member
  • Chicago Scholars, Mentor