Sandy Rothe, Managing Partner for Deloitte's Denver Office

Inner Circle Q&A

What book have you given or recommended the most?
Never Confuse a Memo with Reality by Richard Moran. This is a book of great common sense that I handout to about everyone from new hires to CEO’s and my two sons.

I also like Freakonomics by Steven Levitt. It explains vexing social issues with the lens of an economist and some obscure data. It makes you think unconventionally.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I’d probably only last one day in any other job!  I’d like to be Mayor for a day and fix the traffic lights in Denver. There has to be a better to way to synchronize traffic and improve flows. It drives me nuts when traffic is backed up for a mile at a light going one way waiting for no cross traffic.

How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to focus on the long term strategy and not focus too much on short-term results. I love a good debate about alternatives and conflicting needs but will get impatient if it takes too long or there is too much analysis.

What are some industry trends that have an impact on your role as a leader?
Real time data and information has changed about everything including expectations for action. Everyone does so much more in less time (productivity) that the pace of work is very different and challenging. We are scheduled in 30 minute increments even when a day might be needed to really solve a problem. It seems like everything is urgent and it is hard to spend extended time when needed.


Sandy Rothe is the Managing Partner for Deloitte’s Denver office. He is responsible for implementing the firm’s strategies in the Colorado marketplace, including delivering multifunctional services in the auditing, tax, enterprise risk, financial advisory and consulting areas. Deloitte has over 850 people in Denver. He facilitates CFO Transition labs for new CFO’s. He also serves as the Senior Advisor for Inclusion for the Central Region.

He has over 39 years of experience in public accounting and consulting.. During his career at Deloitte, he has served manufacturing, food and beverage, healthcare, engineering, telecommunications, cable, software, and other high-tech companies. He has also extensive experience serving financial services companies including banks, thrifts and finance companies.

He served on Governor Ritter’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee and served as Moderator of the Texas Governor’s Broadband Deployment Task Force that studied state policy and regulatory practices impacting broadband deployment.

Sandy is on the Board of Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain Inc. (past Chairman), he serves on the Board ofTrustees of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Board of Trustees of the Denver Botanic Gardens and is on the Global Leadership Council at Colorado State University – College of Business.

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