Meet Stephen Sachetta
Stephen Sachetta is one of the founding partners of our firm.
How did you come to work at SC?
In 1984 Joe started Joseph Sachetta CPA, in the Keystone building in Everett. I was working at KMPG at the time but I needed a place to do some side-work and I also helped Joe with some clients. Our mother volunteered to be our receptionist a few hours a day. I left KMPG in 1987 to join what was then Sachetta & Cataldo. Not so long after we were Sachetta & Cataldo & Sachetta and then Sachetta & Company. We’ve had many names but we’re still the same!
What’s your favorite thing about working at the firm?
In 37 years there have never been two years that are the same or even two days the same. There’s always something new. You never know what’s going to happen. I like being in charge of my own destiny. I like to say that we have a little fun along the way. We have a relaxed, family-like atmosphere.
What’s special about your SC clients?
We’ve got clients who have been with us for over 30 years. They’re loyal and they trust us. They refer new clients to us all the time. One client has referred 40+ clients. He says “Use my accountant. He’s the guy!” and they do!
What’s your life like outside the office?
My family enjoys going to dinner. This Thanksgiving weekend we cut a Christmas tree at the farm. We have a timeshare in Florida and we enjoy going to Disney. My kids are 29, 33, and 35. We love to travel and have been to Eurpope many times together as a family. I own a property in York Beach Maine and that’s where my wife and I go for four-day weekends every other week in the summer.
Do you have a work/life philosophy?
Not a stringent one. I try to make as much time for myself and my family as possible. I like to have my wife plan trips for us and put them on our calendar. As I mentioned, I take every-other weekend off in the summer. York Beach has limited cell phone coverage so it’s easier to relax.
Who makes things happen around the office and how do you stay on their good side?
I like to think I’m the guy who makes things happen! I try to be good to myself! I’m harder on myself than any boss would be. I’m in charge of the tax and accounting department where we’re working to teach the young people around me and increase their workload.
Share a piece of professional advice most people could benefit from?
I think a lot of people see accounting as very black and white. I see it more as a relationship business. If you’ve got a good, outgoing personality you can be very successful in this business. It’s more about people and relationships than work and money. The money will come if you have good relationships.
How did you end up in the field?
I blame my uncle! When I was a kid my uncle would come to our house to do my parents’ taxes. At age 10 or 11 I watched him work and was amazed at what he was doing. I started doing taxes in junior high. By high school I was taking bookkeeping jobs at an auto parts store and a gym. I was already building a clientele because I’d do taxes for gym members! In my high school yearbook I wrote that I wanted to be a CPA.
What would you do if you didn’t do this?
I thought about chiropractors when I was growing up. I was into exercise, bodybuilding, running, and all of that fitness stuff. It didn’t come to me as easily as accounting did. I profess to people that there is no middle ground in accounting… you either love it or hate it.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you choose?
I would choose my mother. She passed away in 2012 and I miss her dearly. I would have dinner with her and my father together because he misses her dearly as well. I would love to have her see what we have built here.