Naperville, Illinois , United States
|| December 08, 1960
Jul 24, 2011 01:51pm
|Info||Scott is a native of the district, having grown up in Naperville. He went to high school at Naperville Central, where he was on the Dean's List, was a National Merit Scholar, and lettered in tennis and soccer. Scott was also a member of both the Ski Patrol and Ski School at Four Lakes Village in Lisle. In the winter of 1977-78, Scott taught more ski lessons than any other member of the school. |
Scott is a successful entrepreneur. He built (with partner David Ormesher) a media, design and marketing consulting firm from the original two to 40 people, and from $100,000 in annual revenue to $5,000,000 - all without venture, angel, or bank loan backing. He knows what it takes to build a company and meet a payroll, and about the impact of regulations and health care costs. In 1999, Scott and Dave sold 40% of Closer Look to divineInterventures, Inc. for $15 million.
Before starting Closer Look, Scott was a manufacturing consultant. He was an expert in how to use integrated enterprise management systems to reduce inventory, improve throughput and increase global competitiveness. The opportunities in this job, combined with Scott's love of travel, have allowed him to see over 60 countries firsthand. He feels keenly how government policies can help people build better lives for themselves, or can hamper them from reaching their full potential. Scott was also a manufacturing executive at Jeep Corporation before concentrating on consulting.
The 13th district of Illinois is a highly educated and high median income district, and Scott suits it very well. Scott completed his undergraduate degree at nearby Wheaton College, majoring in history. He received his MBA from University of Chicago with a concentration in finance, and was taught by several Nobel laureates in economics. After the sale of his company, Scott completed an M.A. in theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. There he developed an interest in the field of science and religion. He spent 2 years studying biology, chemistry and physics as an undergraduate at UIC. Those two experience allowed Scott to successfully matriculate into Oxford University in England, where he has received a Master's degree, and is nearing completion of his doctorate. His scholarly research is in the implications of evolutionary biology for social ethics. Scott has taken a leave of absence from Oxford in order to run for Congress at this critical time for our country.