At Scruggs Ridge & Company, CPAs, the careful management of your tax burden and finances are our top priority.

We pride ourselves on giving you personalized and thorough service that meets your business or individual needs.
ABOUT US
 
We combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide. Our clients come back to us year after year because they know they are in good hands. We work to develop long-term relationships; whether your needs are simple or complex, we can help.

Please take a moment and read more about our people, our history, our credentials, our areas of specialization. If you have any questions or would like more detailed information about how we can help you, don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to serve you.

Our People

Timothy D. Ridge, CPA, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Central Arkansas as a member of the Honors College in 1997. He began the first part of his career working in the audit department of a Big Four accounting firm where in four years he quickly rose to supervising senior and was offered early promotion to audit manager. During this time he gained experience through a Merger and Acquisition residency in the Dallas, Texas office. To reduce out of town travel, he took his audit knowledge to a local practice in Little Rock, Arkansas. With a desire to broaden his experience and knowledge in the fields of tax consulting and financial planning, he shifted to a position with another local firm where he begin working closely with small business and individual clients on retirement and investment planning as well as tax planning and preparation along with financial statement audits. In 2003, he was a founding member of Scruggs Ridge & Co. CPAs.

Ashley B. Howell, EA, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2004 and began her career with Scruggs Ridge & Co CPAs that same year. She specializes in outsource controllership, individual and small business taxation and manages the bookkeeping department along with the internal functions of accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll of the company.

Matthew Gabbard, graduated University of Central Arkansas with a Masters of Accountancy with a Concentration in Taxation in 2010.  He started his career managing the accounting department for a financial factoring company.  Wanting to gain experience with a broad range of industries he transitioned into public accounting and has since provided tax, audit, and consulting services to small businesses and individuals.  

Brooke Meier, CPA graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri in 2010 and received a Master of Accountancy with certification in forensic accounting studies from Missouri State University in 2011. Originally a Texas native, she began her career in corporate America with Motorola but returned to school to pursue accounting and taxation after identifying a significant need in tax planning for small businesses and developers. She relocated to the Hot Springs community to provide client services at the Benton location of Scruggs Ridge & Co. Brooke is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and is excited to be a part of the business community in Saline county and surrounding areas. She is licensed as a certified public accountant to practice in Missouri and Arkansas, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA), and the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA). She enjoys networking with the Benton Chamber of Commerce, and volunteering at various community and school events. Brooke spends her free time with her family getting lost in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, biking through the state parks, and boating on the great lakes in Arkansas.

Stephen J. Milliken, accountant, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1970. With over 35 years of experience in public accounting, he serves the public specializing in small business accounting and taxation, as well as individual tax planning and preparation.

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Our History

Scruggs Ridge & Company CPAs was founded in October 2003 with a desire to work closely, one-on-one with clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their individual needs, help develop future goals, and consult them toward long-term success. In November of 2005, we acquired the Benton branch to help facilitate growth into Saline County.  The branch recently relocated to our new location at 1000 Military Road.  This branch is a thriving part of the overall growth plan of the firm.  In August 2010, we purchased Schwartz & Associates CPAs as a means to acquire additional clients and facilitate into the services of business valuations and litigation support.  This purchase also added timber, legal and trucking to the industries that we currently serve, which also includes small business, nonprofit, construction, healthcare, professional service firms, and manufacturers.
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Our Credentials

Our firm is licensed through the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy. We participate in the Peer Review program prescribed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. The date of our latest peer review was in January 31, 2015 with the resulting report stating “that Scruggs Ridge & Company CPAs has received a peer review rating of pass.  Firms can receive a rating of pass, pass with deficiency(ies) or fail.”

Along with membership to the above organizations, we are also members of the Arkansas Society of Public Accountants, the Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public Accountants, Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas Better Business Bureau.

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Our Areas of Specialization

We specialize in financial planning services for individuals and estates, auditing services for businesses and individuals, consulting services for business development and management, accounting and tax services for individuals and businesses, business valuations, forensic accounting and litigation support.

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