Scott de Ruyter

Lecturer in Management – Operations Management

As a Principal at Growth Management Partners, Scott de Ruyter, has spent the majority of his 25 plus year career advising business owners and executives on how to take advantage of their unique opportunities in the marketplace. Recommended strategies have included entering new markets, increasing sales, expanding production and planning for exit and or succession. As a results-driven change catalyst, Scott’s leadership often resulted in new profitable customers, streamlined efficient operations, increased earnings, improved market valuations and successful exits for his clients; most of whom typically generate between $10M to $50M in annual revenue. Scott has also engaged much larger organizations as well as nurtured some interesting start-ups as the practice targets primarily privately held, often family-owned businesses.

Scott is now focused on mentoring owners, key executives and entrepreneurs to define, prioritize and achieve their business and corresponding personal goals. A natural coach, mentor and adviser, he is comfortable working with principals in dynamic, high-velocity environments,as well as with those transitioning to a new career or launching a new enterprise.

Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in marketing, and international business. Scott was invited to come back to Pepperdine as an adjunct faculty member where he taught the capstone strategy class in the Graziadio Business School for 15 years. He has been a guest speaker on a variety of topics, lecturing at USC, Cal Poly, CLU and other universities and colleges. His current teaching assignments include Lecturer in Management in Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Scott is the author of several case studies, white papers, workshops, and books. His latest work, “Minding Your Own Business – How to Get Your Business to Do What You Really Want” helps Scott’s coaching and mentoring clients stay in control of their operations to achieve their goals. He is active in his community, serving on many parent boards and community service committees to help those in need and support the activities of his school age children.