Dr. Scott R. Neils, CPA, CMA, CGFO
Dr. Scott R. Neils has over 30 years of successful senior management experience as an executive in municipalities, finance and banking, software development, Internet and E-commerce, manufacturing, wood products, consulting and agribusiness industries, including international operations. Positions held include City Manager, President, Vice President, CEO, COO, and CFO. Dr. Neils brings a futuristic orientation and international consciousness in the areas of strategic planning, establishing companies, company operations, creating and evaluating alternatives, implementing solutions, and developing synergies within and between operating departments and entities. His company experience ranges from startup to Fortune 200.
Dr. Neils currently teaches Accounting, Project Management, and Business Mathematics at Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Neils most recently served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer for the Town of Addison Texas with a budget of over $109M. He also taught Financial and Managerial Accounting at Collin College in McKinney, TX. He previously served in Watauga, Texas as City Manager and Finance Director. As City Manager, his responsibilities included management of a $39 Million budget and leadership of 220 Employees in nine Departments, including Police (40 Sworn); Fire/EMS (21 Sworn); Public Works (Streets, Water, Sewer, Storm Drain, Storm Water Phase II Management, Flood Plain Management, Inspections, Planning and Zoning, Engineering, Code Enforcement, Fleet & Facilities, Economic Development, Capital Improvement Programs, Project Management); Finance and Administration (Budget, Investments, Municipal Court, and Utility Billing); Library; Parks and Recreation; Information Technology; Human Resources/Civil Service Director/Public Information Officer; and City Secretary. Also responsible for administration of the Parks Development Corporation and the Crime Control District.
Before joining Watauga, Dr. Neils served as Compliance Officer for TCM Bank N.A., a $150 million credit card bank and wholly owned subsidiary of Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). His previous assignment was Compliance Officer for Bank of Whitman, in Pullman, WA. Bank of Whitman is a $690 million community bank with 20 branches in eastern Washington. Along with his compliance duties, Dr. Neils was also responsible for marketing, asset-liability management, physical and information security, and training. Prior to Bank of Whitman, Dr. Neils served as President and CEO of TS&B Financial Services, Inc. (TSBFS). TSBFS was a full-service Merchant and Investment Banking Company, which was a wholly owned subsidiary of TS&B Holdings, Inc., a public company. He was Chief Financial Officer of the parent company. His previous assignment was as COO – Agriculture of Ball Enterprises, a $200M holding company engaged in agribusiness, real estate development, and other activities. Dr. Neils worked directly as the operating officer in several entities including highquality fresh beef production, an export company, and a weekly newspaper. Dr. Neils was founder of Rolling Hills Ranch, a Wagyu cattle (Kobe beef) genetics company, developing high quality beef and genetic products for the Japanese and American market.
Dr. Neils has been directly responsible for implementation of internal control and process improvement programs, development of cost-effective solutions for company and equipment financing, institution of HR and other employee training programs, redesign of accounting and management information systems, organization-wide implementation of hardware and software upgrades, and collaboration with local, state, and federal government officials to proactively develop programs and services.
Dr. Neils has significant experience in startup and rapidly expanding company management. He has written and successfully implemented business plans for five startup companies. He brings a wealth of experience in capital acquisition and management, development and execution of operating budgets, and presentations to boards and other external entities.
Dr. Neils has considerable experience in systems and software development. He has directed engineering and design for software applications involving management reporting, accounting, video conferencing, mortgage closing documentation, inventory control, and project management. He has developed Internet and E-commerce solutions for product marketing and delivery. Dr. Neils is proficient in Apple iWork, MS Office, and other software applications including several accounting and manufacturing systems.
Dr. Neils has international experience in Japan, China, Korea, and Europe in the agribusiness and manufacturing sectors. He has been involved with export and import regulations, free-trade zones, and growing relationships with foreign country trade and government representatives. His years of experience in both the domestic and international marketplaces have brought him into relationships with people of many diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Dr. Neils earned a Doctor of International Business Administration (DIBA) degree from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, and a BA in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Washington. Dr. Neils has earned the Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Government Finance Officer credentials, along with other compliance designations. He has received his certification for Six Sigma Green Belt. Dr. Neils is a retired Army Reserve Officer with over 21 years of service, earning the Meritorious Service and Bronze Star Medals, among others, and Ranger, Airborne and Expert Infantry Badge awards. Dr. Neils is also active in community arts activities.