Scott is a managing principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), and a firm-wide leader for the Retail and Dealership industry groups. He is a passionate ambassador for the CLA Promise. CLA exists to create opportunities - for our CLA team, our clients, the industries we serve and our communities. CLA is successful when we fulfill the CLA Promise - we promise to know you and to help you. As a member of the leadership team, he is also an enthusiastic promoter of our position as a professional services firm delivering seamlessly integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, and public accounting capabilities.
He has been with the firm his entire career since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and has held a wide variety of leadership positions in the firm and has served on a number of firm-wide committees and task forces. As one of the largest professional service firms helping retailers and dealers create opportunities across the country, CLA's Retail team consists of 400 professionals serving 3,500 retailers; and CLA's Dealership team consists of 75 staff members serving 750 dealerships across the country.
He has extensive experience serving the financial needs of a wide variety of privately-held Retailers from single stores to multi-store groups across many different franchises.
He has spent his entire career working with Retailers and Dealerships on a variety of strategic, financial, and tax matters. These include corporate audit, review and tax services, individual tax services, internal control consulting, financial benchmark consulting, family succession planning, and operational reviews. In addition, he has advised on a significant number of large buy/sell transactions within our Retail client base.
Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
In the community
Scott is a member of the following industry associations:
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Minnesota Auto Dealers' Association associate member
- AutoTeamAmerica steering committee member
Resources and events
News release 8/26/2020CLA Advises on Sale of Miller Auto to Gilleland Enterprises
Article 4/7/2020Dealership Checklist: Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis
White paper 2/20/2020A Look at the Dealership Industry in the Year 2030 and Beyond
Media coverage 5/1/2018Now May Be a Good Time to Sell Your Dealership, Says CLA’s Scott Gorden
Article 2/27/2014A Comprehensive Approach to Increasing Dealership Value