From success to significance — It’s what you make of it

Scott HeintzelmanScott A. Heintzelman, ′89
Partner, McKonly & Asbury, CPA, CMA, CFE

For the unstoppable Scott Heintzelman, success is a journey, not a destination. At 42, this self-directed, self-proclaimed “exuberant accountant” holds a list of noteworthy achievements that reads like a who’s who of Pennsylvania movers-n-shakers, yet he’s only just begun to live a life of significance.

A 1989 graduate of Messiah College’s nationally ranked accounting program, Heintzelman quickly advanced through the ranks at McKonly & Asbury, LLP—a regional consulting and accounting firm consistently recognized as a “best place to work in Pennsylvania” and also as one of the “top 50 accounting firms in the nation to work for” according to Best Companies Group and Accounting Today, 2008.

Promoted from accountant to partner at age 32 (the average age of a partner in U.S. accounting firms is 55), Heintzelman focuses his professional practice on two areas—consulting with and serving family-owned businesses, and leading the firm’s forensic accounting and fraud prevention team. One of his fondest passions, however, is speaking to businesses and groups about performance and the importance of shared language among employees. “I love to share what I’ve learned about employee engagement with business leaders,” he says. “At McKonly & Asbury, we’ve broken traditional views that all employees are the same. Instead, we encourage managers to get to know each employee’s individual strengths so that tasks are aligned with talents.”

What’s next for the “hard-wired” accountant who grew up beating everybody at Monopoly? “I’ve achieved more than I ever dreamed,” says Heintzelman, a 2001 recipient of the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” award. “The challenge now is to determine what impact God wants me to have on kingdom building. That’s how I transition my success into significance.”

Leaving a lasting impression of God’s love is important to Heintzelman who feels the accolades and achievements of his career are merely a manifestation of his obedience to the Lord, citing the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:5. “Blessed are the meek is misunderstood,” he explains. “It’s actually translated ‘blessed are the easily directed by the master.’ As Christians, it is our responsibility to place ourselves in positions where we can be used by God to further His kingdom.”

Heintzelman’s commitment to servant leadership within his community and leading a life of significance is unmistakable. He currently serves on a variety of public and private sector boards including the Messiah College Board of Trustees, Central Pennsylvania M&T Bank Advisory Board, Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Military Liaison Committee, The Second Mile—a youth mentoring organization, and the Naaman Center—a faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center. Married, a father of three, and an active church member, Heintzelman keeps pace with the demands of a rigorous lifestyle by keeping fit, remaining faithful, and sticking to a routine. “I’m up at 4:30 a.m. every day for a morning workout,” he says. “The exercise keeps my head clear so I’m able to focus on the day ahead.” 

Read Scott Heintzelman’s blog, The Exuberant Accountant, here.

Posted in 1989, About Leadership, About Service, Accounting, Alumni, Giving Back, Majors & Minors | 1 Comment »

Posted on March 3rd, 2009

One Response to “From success to significance — It’s what you make of it”

  1. Reuben Lemadada Says:

    Heintzelman’s story is so inspiring, especially on his commitment to servant leadership. I fully agree with him that as Christians, we have the responsibility to place ourselves in positions where we can be used by God to further his kingdom.

    I am an accountant by profession,had my bachelors degree from Daystar University Kenya, which shares exchange program with Messiah college.Am also a CPAK. Currently, I work with Pastrolist Integrated Support Program(PISP), as a programme accountant. PISP is a local NGO based in Marsabit, Laisamis and Northhorr districts of northern Kenya.The mission of PISP is to mobilize, organize and equip the pastoral community with skills that support and sustain their development and collaborate with local and international community in the effort to reduce poverty at the household level through the provision of services that supports sustainable livelihood: promotion of small economic/enterprise development, peace building activities, basic education for the poor but bright children, and improved domestic water supply, sanitation and associated hygiene practices.

    As part of PISP family, my approach to my daily work and duties is that of “servant leadership” taking the example of my lord Jesus Christ.

    I would like to encourage all who share this approach to the service of mankind, to keep up despite our backgrounds and geographical locations.



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