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Perrigo uses entrepreneurial skills

Friday, November 16, 2007  
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By Jeremy Schofield

Rollin Perrigo is not waiting for a diploma to enter the business world. A senior at Oklahoma Christian University, Perrigo owns and operates RDA Accounting, and is a partner of Sign Geek, a custom sign company.

“I started RDA Accounting when I was bookkeeping for a company, and the next summer they were only going to take me on part-time, so I began my own company,” Perrigo said.

Perrigo formed RDA Accounting last May for a full-time summer job. He operates the company from his own house rather than a traditional office.

“I do bookkeeping, write-up, income tax preparation, business consulting, and tax planning, and I offer to pick up their paperwork as a perk,” Perrigo said. “I also try to visit my clients twice a week.”

Perrigo’s accounting company grew after he answered a Facebook ad to do accounting for a graphic design studio in Oklahoma City. The company was pleased with his accounting, and spread the word about their positive experiences.

Perrigo was doing accounting for Jeff Bonnett’s sign company, Custom Vinyl, when he offered to help him out. Perrigo operates the business part of the company while Bonnett handles the art and printing part. Soon after the partnership was formed, they changed the name to Sign Geek.

“Rollin has full control over the financial side,” Bonnett said. “Which is what he does best, but we go fifty-fifty when making decisions and in brainstorming sessions.”

Sign Geek makes signs for anyone in the general public who needs to display their message in a way that they can’t produce themselves. Sign Geek’s largest market is parking garages and property management companies who have a high rotation of signage throughout their business.

Perrigo has always wanted to own his own business, but he will soon have to liquidate his accounting company to become a Certified Public Accountant. Upon joining an accounting firm, an individual cannot have a company competing with the firm they work for. He also mentioned possibly getting into real estate, but eventually wants to retire.

Associate Professor of Marketing, Burt Smith, has served as his mentor, Perrigo said.

“Rollin has picked an undeserved market segment and is taking very good care of the customers within that segment,” Smith said. “He’ll get more and more customers as a result.”

Smith praised Perrigo’s investment of money in his businesses so that his money goes to work for him.

He explained a successful entrepreneur is someone who has to work very hard and make sacrifices.

“He really has a sharp business mind,” Smith said. “I predict that this won’t be the last article we read about him in the coming years.”

Perrigo encourages anyone who needs accounting to visit his Web site 

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