Investor Spotlight: Skoda Minotti
July 22nd, 2019
With over 300 partners and employees, Skoda Minotti operates out of four offices and offers an array of business and financial advisory services to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The firm serves clients in industries that include real estate and construction, financial services, manufacturing and distribution, professional services, retail, health care and life sciences. Current practice areas include accounting and auditing, tax, business and HR consulting, employee benefits, exit planning, financial services, information service technology, international tax, investment management, marketing, sales and local tax, staffing, small business, transaction advisory services, and valuation and litigation advisory services.
Patty Hamilton, Partner
Patty Hamilton works in the Accounting and Auditing group in Tampa, Florida. She works primarily with closely held businesses and has extensive experience with industries that include manufacturing, distribution, construction and real estate development, financial institutions, insurance brokerages, professional employer organizations and nonprofit organizations. In the Tampa office, she is responsible for the oversight of the accounting and auditing staff group. Patty actively participates in recruiting and mentoring of staff at all levels. Patty was recently recognized as a finalist in the Florida Institute of CPAs’ annual Women to Watch awards.
You’re a big proponent of mentorship, especially to support young female professionals in the industry. Why is mentorship so important to you and what have you learned from being a mentor?
Mentorship is important to me because I want to see all of the new accounting professionals grow and succeed. I didn’t have a female mentor when I was coming up in the industry, so I try to share my experiences with them (the good and the not so good). I have learned so much from them, too. They keep me relevant and energized.
Talent attraction and retention is an increasingly important focus in economic development. How does Skoda Minotti retain employees?
I want to hire people who are smarter, better, faster, and stronger than I am, so I do my best to encourage and empower them. We ask a lot of our employees, so giving them an environment where they can grow and thrive is important. We maintain a family-oriented culture, and I think that compels people to want to stay.
You’re working on creating a charitable foundation for the firm. What can you tell us about that and in what ways does Skoda give back to our community?
Over the last few years, I’ve worked on a firm project that involved starting a charitable foundation. I want this foundation to capture all the charitable things we do collectively as a firm and provide us with an opportunity to do more. We currently do fundraisers and donate our time to various charities, such as Feeding Tampa Bay and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Our offices are not just located here in Tampa, so creating a foundation will allow us to raise funds for worthy causes and give on a more meaningful level.
Why did you feel it was important to get involved with the EDC and support economic development efforts?
I have lived and worked in Tampa my whole life, so I am excited to share my love for this city with others. Our city has changed and grown so much over the last 20 years, and I want to be part of where this community can go. So far, my experience with the EDC and its business development efforts has been excellent and very valuable! I have introduced the EDC to some of our clients and met some great contacts along the way.