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Scott Fitzpatrick, 27
CEO, owner and founder | MariCorp US, LLC
Missouri State Representative, 158th District
Growing up in the small town of Shell Knob, Scott did a series of odd jobs for lake residents and business owners during the summer before his senior year at Cassville. A few months later, a storm destroyed several docks along Table Rock Lake. Already familiar with dock-owners in the area, Scott asked for the opportunity to make their repairs. Enough of his contacts said yes, and MariCorp US was born, specializing in floating docks and applications for freshwater marinas.
Scott continued to operate the business during his years at the University of Missouri, and in 2014, the company cleared $7 million in sales. Scott employs more than 30 people full-time in Shell Knob, where he serves on the Shell Knob Senior Center board and spends time with his family and wife, Mallory.
When his local congressman in Missouri’s 158th Representative District termed out of the House, Scott saw his entry point into politics. He won a crowded GOP primary in 2012 and cruised to the seat the following November.
Once in Jefferson City, Scott grew his political resume much like he grew MariCorp: Quickly. At the start of his second term he was named vice-chair of the House Budget Committee, a post he began this year.
The appointment puts him firmly in the running for a term—or even the rare two—as Budget Chair during the second half of his time in the House. That all presumes re-election, but Scott has a pretty impressive track record.
Job title and where you work: CEO of MariCorp U.S. and Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
Education: Cassville High School 2006. University of Missouri 2010 BS Business-Management
City or town where you live: Cassville
1. How did you end up at your current job/profession?
I grew up on Table Rock Lake. Worked for my father on a dock assembly crew out on the water when I was younger. He sold his company in 2002 when I was 15. I started doing dock repair during the summers for family friends and other local folks in Shell Knob. Sold two new docks as a result of wind damage in Branson during my last semester of high school. Took the proceeds from those projects and began expanding the business. That was in 2006. We finished that year with about six employees and revenue of $670,000. We have since grown to employ 40 to 45 people and generated revenues of around $7 million in 2014.
By the time I graduated from Mizzou in 2010, we were involved in marina projects nationwide and had around 30 employees. Having experienced the effects of the recession and seeing that excessive government regulation was preventing potential customers of ours from being able to acquire permits to move forward with projects which would have allowed me to put more people to work during a time when job creation was much needed, I chose to run for State Representative in 2012 with the goal of protecting individual freedom, and to prevent the regulatory footprint of state government from growing unnecessarily. I am now in my second term.
2. Where do you find passion to do what you do?
I love the water. Helping design and build recreational marine facilities gives me the opportunity to be in an environment in which I grew up, on a daily basis. I also enjoy the opportunity to have (at least what I perceive as) a positive impact on the lives of Missourians through my work in the legislature. I enjoy helping craft public policy, and particularly enjoy being involved in building the state's budget.
3. Are you single/married, and do you have any kids?
I am married, but have no kids. Wife is Mallory Fitzpatrick. We were married in September of 2013. She is from Lee's Summit, and we meet in 2007 at Mizzou.
4. What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
Spending time on the lake, traveling, and golfing (poorly).
5. Are you involved in any charitable organizations?
I am a board member of the Shell Knob Senior Center which provides a variety of services to seniors in Shell Knob as well as a place for them to congregate and have meals.
6. Are you a member of any professional organizations?
- Association of Marina Industries-Member
- Marina Recreation Association-Member
- Marina Association of Texas-Member
- Kentucky Marina Association-Member
- Tennessee Marina Association-Member
- Oklahoma Marina Association-Member
- Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce-Member (Member of the Economic Development Committee)
- Cassville Chamber of Commerce-Member
- Monett Chamber of Commerce-Member
- American Legislative Exchange Council-Member
7. How would you define the secret to success?
Have faith in God and surround yourself with people who are smarter than you in your work environment.
8. What's your favorite thing about your career?
The freedom I have to make decisions that I think will result in the best outcome.
9. What's your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
I grew up here. It's home.
10. If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Start reading your bible now. You may not know what God's plan is for you right now, but have faith that he will lead you down the right path.
11. What was your “dream job” at age 5?
I honestly do not remember. I don't think I realized I was actually going to have to work some day when I was that age.
12. List three traits that define a successful career:
- At some point, working because you want to, not because you have to.
- Having built relationships that you value beyond the confines of work.
- One where you can still have a quality family life.
13. Why are you a 20 Under 30?
Because a very nice coworker of mine thought I was worthy of being nominated.
14. What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
At MariCorp U.S. we are in the process of revamping our IT department, and are implementing new software and networking equipment. It is a difficult project, but I am excited to realize the benefits and see the final outcome.
In the House of Representatives, I was recently named Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee. I am looking forward to playing a key role in passing a balanced budget for the State of Missouri.
15. What completed project are you most proud of?
I crafted the portion of the language of Constitutional Amendment 10 which prohibits the governor from relying on revenue that would be generated from legislation not yet passed by the legislature in order to balance the budget he proposes. I also wrote the final ballot language which appeared before the voters when they adopted the amendment in November of 2014. This has already led to a more responsible budgeting process for the upcoming fiscal year. Also, it is pretty cool seeing language I wrote reside in the Missouri Constitution.
It would be difficult for me to pick a single marina project of which I am most proud since our whole team puts their all into each one. However we did complete a very cool project in downtown Chicago in 2014 which included a swimming pool that was built into the docks. So people can now go swimming in a pool that is sitting in Lake Michigan.
Fill in the following blanks with five words or less:
Family makes life worth living.
A day at work wouldn't be complete without something going wrong.
Ten years from now, I hope I'm a father.
If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would use it wisely.
The best part about being a 20 Under 30 is being under 30.