Roger Scherping is a new adjunct faculty member in the Small Business Entrepreneurship program beginning in the fall of 2017.
Roger has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. John’s University. He also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Roger is a Certified Public Accountant.
Roger has spent almost his entire career in small business. He spent many years as Controller or Chief Financial Officer of companies under $20 million. These included startups and fast growth companies, in addition to established companies. He learned firsthand the importance of cash flow, the struggle to make payroll every Friday, and what it’s like to work with limited resources.
While he started out in accounting and finance positions, it was always his goal to manage a small company, and after broadening his finance background with experience as a Marketing Product Manager at a Fortune 500 company, that is exactly what he did.
Since 2001 he has been General Manager or President of small, local companies in the manufacturing, importing, and wholesale industries. Most of these companies were in trouble, and he learned how to quickly assess the situation and execute a plan to get the companies turned around and positioned for profitable growth.
His favorite job was President of Clam Corporation, the local manufacturer of ice fishing equipment. Roger restructured the entire company – from sales and marketing to finance and operations – and positioned it for growth and much-needed seasonal diversification.
With the increasing popularity of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®, or Traction®), Roger very strongly identifies with the Integrator role and has become a big advocate for EOS at small companies. He was recently the Integrator at Nimlok Minnesota, which sells trade shows displays.
An Eagle Scout, Roger has given back to Scouting by serving as a volunteer leader of Troop 494 in White Bear Lake, including serving for 10 years as Committee Chair, where he used his managerial skills to rebuild the troop into one of the largest and most active in the district.
Roger is an avid reader and finishes a novel every week. He is also a woodworker and enjoys making furniture. He has been happily married since 1986 and has three grown children. He and his son are working together on a web app to help small businesses succeed by making it easier for them to forecast their financial results.