San Diego Business Journal

Executive Profile: Brian Scott

By Steve Adamek Monday, October 8, 2012

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Brian Scott

RESUME

Name: Brian Scott.

Company: AMN Healthcare Inc.

Titles: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer.

No. of employees: 1,600 corporate employees; more than 7,000 including staffed health-care professionals.

Education: B.S. in accounting, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1993; Master of Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin, 1998.

Current residence: La Jolla.

Family: Wife, Adriana; daughters, Gabriela and Sophia.

Brian Scott is the chief financial officer of AMN Healthcare, an innovator in health-care workforce solutions, including managed services programs, recruitment process outsourcing, and the placement of health-care professionals into temporary and permanent positions. AMN’s clients include acute-care hospitals, clinics, physician practice groups and other health-care settings throughout the country. AMN was founded more than 20 years ago and is one of the largest local employers. Scott is a San Diego native and sits on the local boards of the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

Essential business philosophy: Be passionate about what you do.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Hire, empower, and retain the most talented team in your industry.

Guiding principles: Never compromise your ethics or core values.

Yardsticks of success: Industry leading profits, an engaged team, a restful night’s sleep.

Goals yet to be achieved: Work-life balance.

JUDGMENT CALLS

Best business decision: Joining AMN.

Worst business decision: Waiting to make a change that I knew was necessary.

Toughest business decision: Having to layoff talented employees during the last recession.

Biggest missed opportunity: Whenever I lose employees who have great long-term potential.

Mentor: Bary Bailey, our previous CFO: He was a contrarian who taught me to never stop challenging myself or our organization.

Word that describes you: Determined.

TRUE CONFESSIONS

What you like best about your job: The passion of the people I work with every day.

What you like least about your job: Meetings that take away time that could be spent in actions.

Pet peeves: Not taking the time to find the story behind the numbers.

Most important lesson learned: Never stop challenging yourself or others.

Three greatest passions: Family, running, and finding new passions.

PREDILECTIONS

Favorite quote: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin.

Most influential book: Just finished the Steve Jobs biography.

Favorite status symbol: I try not to focus on them.

Favorite restaurant: Tapenade, La Jolla (my kids would say the same).

Favorite place for business meetings: My office; it saves time.

Favorite vacation spot: Beaver Creek, Colo., (will be Europe again once the kids are older).

Favorite way to spend time: With my family; traveling; running with my iPod.