Aaron Beam has produced an accessible and fascinating story about his experience as co-founder and the first CFO of HealthSouth. Those interested in corporate fraud or business ethics can learn from the lessons he conveys. This book truly has the potential to save others from similar mistakes for which Mr. Beam has paid dearly. --Dr. Linda Trevino, Penn State University
Of all the CEO's accused of misdeeds in recent years--at Enron, Worldcom and elsewhere--by far the most interesting is former HealthSouth CEO Richard Marin Scrushy. A charismatic leader, Scrushy could get employees to follow him either through charm or encouragement, or outright intimidation. In this book Chief Financial Officer Aaron Beam paints a vivid portrait of Scushy in the years before HealthSouth started cooking its books to meet Wall Street expectations. For those who have followed Scrushy's amazing career--from humble beginnings in Selma, Alabama to the creation of a Fortune 500 company, to accusations of fraud and his eventual acquittal of charges that he orchestrated the fraud at HealthSouth, Beam's first-hand account of life with Richard Scrushy is indispensable. - --Greg Farrell, Wall Street Correspondent, The Financial Times
This is the perfect book for the business student. People assume that they could never be entangled in these kinds of financial debacles, but this book personalizes the story and shows how each business person needs to have an impeccable personal moral compass. Careers and livelihoods ride principally on your reputation for integrity. - --Dr. Peter Ricchiuti, Professor, Tulane University
About the Author
Aaron Beam is the former founder and first CFO of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama. The company was founded in 1984 by he and Richard Marin Scrushy and it became a Fortune 500 Company. Today Beam speaks to corporations about the perils of fraud and how they can manage this inherent risk trough education and training about its nature. Beam lives in Loxley, Alabama with his wife of 39 years, Phyllis.