Sparked by the entrepreneurial spirit in early 1980, Karl B. Schroedel II and Richard S. Scullin made a career choice to start their own accounting practice. By the end of that year, the partners brought in another young accountant—Gregory C. Bestic—and the foundation for Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic, LLC, certified public accountants and strategic advisors, was in place. The firm’s commitment to excellence has sustained them for nearly four decades.
SSB’s success has come through our commitment to our clients. It has always been our goal to look beyond the numbers and function as a sounding board for our clients. We have survived the economic upturns and downturns alongside our clients because of sound business principles and conservative business practices. In effect, we practice what we preach. Through the hard work of the SSB team members, we have realized positive results for our clients and, through their subsequent referrals, we have continued to grow.
By 1990, the firm had grown to more than 20 employees and ground was broken for its current home at 196 N. Broad Street in Canfield, chosen for its central location to our clients in Mahoning County, Salem, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. This growth has provided opportunities for career advancement for SSB team members. Additional clients require additional partner resources and SSB has been fortunate to develop seven additional partners. Thomas A. O’Neil was named partner in 1996, Chris Gabrick in 1999, Judy R. Sees in 2001, Denise A. Harlan in 2004, Joseph C. Marks II in 2008 and Janice T. Jasinski in 2010. Tracie L. Stephens was most recently named partner in 2016.
Through the many changes over the past 35+ years, what has remained constant since day one is that SSB has been dedicated to the “one-firm” concept as opposed to separate practices merely sharing office space. Through careful recruiting, attention to training and mentoring programs, investment in technology and strict adherence to quality controls, SSB has created a pool of talented professionals whose combined efforts continue to provide the close personal attention that our clients have come to expect and deserve. In addition, SSB and its team members are faithful leaders, volunteers and supporters of our local schools, churches and community.