Founded by Roger Fruci Sr. in 1938, it has taken bold leadership and the support of friends and contributors to shape the present success and growth of Fruci & Associates, PS.
Founded out of a small office in 1938, Roger Fruci Sr. initially operated the entire company by himself. In addition to offering accounting services to his clients, Roger also taught Accounting at Spokane Junior College, Gonzaga Preparatory School and Whitworth College. Roger enjoyed teaching immensely and eventually started to hire some of his students as part time or full time interns within the Firm. In 1941 Roger joined the Air Force and left his Spokane practice in the hands of Joe McFarland (founder of McFarland and Alton, now part of Moss Adams). Roger was stationed in Los Angeles as an Auditor for 4 years. When he returned to Spokane, Joe was gracious enough to hand back all of Roger’s clientele so that he could resume his practice.
After WWII Roger relocated his offices to the Columbia Building, and soon thereafter purchased the Wallace Hotel to ensure the firm could expand and grow. In an effort to help clients and government agencies recognize paperwork coming from his office, Roger started to use green stationary. He became known as the “green” accountant, using green paper, green ink, green bills and green delivery bags. Today green is still the firm color.
On Saturday, August 25, 1951, Roger was elected President of the Washington Association of Licensed Public Accountants. While serving in that position he pursued the abolishment of the less rigorous LPA designation in favor of a single CPA license in an attempt to raise the standards of the profession. Roger also served on the Washington State Board of Accountancy.
During the 1950’s and 60’s Roger and his wife, Marian, continued to build and develop the firm with their four small children, Paul, Paula, Roger Jr. and David, helping whenever possible. Marian took on the janitorial and bookkeeping work for the firm while the children stuffed envelopes. Instilling the firm’s core belief in his children at a young age, Roger taught his children to “do whatever it takes to help our clients.”
Roger always listened to his clients in an effort to better serve them. It was this concern for his clientele that prompted Roger to offer Medical Office Management to his menu of services. Over the years, Roger developed comprehensive professional systems and forms to help the doctors manage their businesses. Eventually, his youngest son, David, took over this part of the firm and developed it into his own company called Fruci Financial Services. In March of 2001, Fruci Financial Services merged with Anesthesiologists Associated Incorporated of Portland, Oregon and assumed their name.
Roger formally retired in 1989 and passed the management of the accounting firm to his oldest son, Paul M. Fruci. Today, the firm employs 50+ employees; one is Roger’s son and two are Roger’s grandchildren. In addition to the full range of accounting and tax services, the firm has also added QuickBooks Consulting and Business Development into its services.
Throughout the history of Fruci & Associates, PS, the firm has successfully been built on the beliefs that with hard work and delivery of exceptional client satisfaction we can and will help businesses achieve their financial and professional pursuits.