Eye on the prize Featured

1:16pm EDT June 22, 2004
Greg Skoda is obsessed with growth.

That's not a bad thing, especially when the focus is two-pronged -- growing your clients' businesses and growing your own.

"There's a lot of pain at every step of building a business," says Skoda, chairman of Skoda Minotti & Co., a Mayfield Village-based financial and accounting services firm recently been recognized by Bowman's Accounting Report as the fourth fastest growing accounting firm in the nation. "Some people get lucky, but that's not the norm. It takes a lot of heart and soul and pain from within an organization to make it succeed."

Skoda should know. Since 1980, when he launched his first accounting firm, Skoda Minotti & Reeves, he has been involved in some serious business wheeling and dealing. He helped co-found a public company, CBIZ, changing the business model of accounting services firms when he folded Skoda Minotti & Reeves into it and embarked on an 18-month acquisition frenzy that led to adding more than 130 accounting and financial services firms to the business.

He co-founded Alliance Holding Co., which acquired, operated and took public three insurance companies in 1996. And he co-founded the Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 program, which each year recognizes the 50 fastest growing businesses in those counties at an awards dinner that draws more than 500 attendees.

Add to that Skoda's most recent venture, which he has grown from 20 employees in 2001 to nearly 100 today, and there's little question that building businesses has become his expertise. How to reach: Skoda Minotti & Co., (440) 449-6800 or www.skodaminotti.com