About Seth Morgan, CPA

Seth Morgan entered politics as a young man, seeking to make a difference for the Community by putting to use his passion for public policy, philosophy of a responsible government, and love for the City of Huber Heights and the surrounding region.

In 2001, Morgan ran and was elected to the position of Huber Heights City Council, representing Ward 3. He won this first race by a mere three votes. He first took office in January 2002 and, at the age of 23, became the youngest Council member ever to represent the citizens of Huber Heights. In 2004 he was selected by his peers to serve as the City’s youngest ever Vice-Mayor. Seth was reelected in 2005 to the Huber Heights City Council, garnering almost 75% the people’s vote. In 2006, Seth was a candidate for Montgomery County Auditor.

Morgan was elected in 2008 to serve as the Ohio State Representative for the 36th District, serving northern and western portions of Montgomery County.  Seth was elected with almost 60% of the vote.

Morgan is the proud recipient of multiple awards including the 2006 Sheriff Gary Haines Memorial Award for outstanding public service, the 2009 Ohio Coalition for E-School Families Golden Apple Award, the 2010 Ohio Watchdog of the Treasury Award, and the 2010 Citizens for Community Values William Wilberforce Award.

Political

Ohio House of Representatives, 36th District
January 2009 – December 2010

While serving the people of the 36th District in the Ohio House of Representatives, Seth Morgan marked Columbus quickly with his aggressive but resolute and consistent leadership style.

Morgan was given prominent committee assignments allowing him to serve in an influential manner.  These committee assignments included:

  • Secretary, Finance and Appropriations Committee
  • Ranking Member, Finance and Appropriations Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education
  • Ways and Means Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Elections and Ethics Committee
  • Faith Based Initiatives Committee
  • Chair, House Republican Caucus Policy Committee

Morgan “hit the ground running” and was most active leading in his role as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education.  His effort for Ohio’s children lead him to take Governor Ted Strickland to the Ohio Supreme Court in his effort to force transparency and accountability for some of Ohio’s most important and far-reaching policies.

Using the many important lessons learned while leading in Huber Heights, Morgan found ways in Columbus to challenge the status quo and demanded real answers from Ohio’s highest leaders.

Huber Heights City Council, Ward 3
January 1, 2002 – January 5, 2009

As a Huber Heights City Council Member, Morgan proved himself as a reformer.  He spent a good deal of his time working to address critical management issues that plagued the City.  This placed him in very visible and sometimes very controversial positions.  His leadership earned him wide praise and criticism – ultimately leading to an unsuccessful attempt of his critics to recall his elected position in 2008.  This attempt proved to be politically motivated and was in response to his effort to clean up City hall and his proposal of an income tax decrease.

While often finding himself working “uphill” legislatively, Morgan led on Council and enjoyed the success of many initiatives to proactively protect and enhance the City as well as many initiatives to spare the City from unnecessary and unresponsive management.  This leadership resulted in many successes, some of which are listed below:

  • Making possible an historic permanent reduction in income taxes and a streamlining of government operations through the effort
  • Enhancing and making more efficient the City’s tax collection efforts through regionalizing the tax collection duties
  • Multiple changes to the City organizational chart, including the removal of two entrenched City administrations that failed to recognize the role of the people’s representatives and their responsibilities to the community
  • Vice Mayor of Huber Heights, 2004
  • Adoption of the CODE RED emergency response system
  • Legislation making it more difficult for sexually oriented businesses to operate in Huber Heights
  • Legislation declaring the 3rd week of July “Military Appreciation Week” in 2003, strengthening the relationship with WPAFB
  • Legislation establishing Huber Heights’ participation in the 4th of July community activities at WPAFB – the freedom “Tattoo”

Morgan cherishes the memories and lessons learned while in Huber Heights and is humbled to have been selected to serve the people of Huber Heights for seven years.

Professional

Seth Morgan is currently the CEO of MLA Companies. MLA Companies today consists of both MLA Management Systems, Inc. and Alinea Certified Public Accountants, LLC. MLA is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio but has Principals and clients all over Southwest Ohio and in other parts of the United States. Morgan originally started the company in combination with a financial partner.

 MLA serves small to medium sized businesses and non-profits providing financial and strategic advisory services.  These services include “Chief Financial Officer” functions, strategic considerations, mergers and acquisitions, consulting, and CPA services.

Prior to his role at MLA, Morgan served as the Controller of MOTO Franchise Corporation and with two public accounting firms.

While juggling his busy professional life, Morgan serves or belongs to multiple organizations including:

  • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Dayton Rotary
  • Member, Ohio Society of CPA’s
  • Former Board Member of Friendship Village (Trotwood, Ohio)
  • Former Board Member and Treasurer of the Miami Valley Venture Association (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Former Board Member and Secretary of the Community Investment Corporation (Huber Heights, Ohio)
  • Board Member, of Citizens for Community Values (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Board Member, of Alliance Defending Freedom (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Morgan launched MLA at the age of 27. In 2006 Morgan was selected on of the Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

Personal

Seth Morgan, 39, and his family moved to Ohio in 1988 when his father, a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force was reassigned to Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Settling in Huber Heights, Seth has been a resident of Montgomery County and Huber Heights since he was 10 years old.

Morgan graduated from Christian Liberty Academy Satellite Schools (CLASS) in 1996. Morgan started working while in high school at the Carpenter’s Shop Christian Bookstore, a Christian Bookstore owned by Gene and Pam Ditmer of Huber Heights. By the age of 19, Morgan had gone from being a stock clerk to managing the day-to-day operations of the business including purchasing inventory for the business.

Using his job at the Carpenter’s Shop Christian Bookstore to fund college, Morgan attended Park College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Management/Accounting, earning this degree in two and one half years. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude while working full-time.

After graduating, Morgan began his pursuit of the Certified Public Accountant designation. Morgan passed the exam on the first try.

After Park College, Morgan attended the University of Dayton and in 2001 received a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Morgan married the former Debra Mowery of Huber Heights in 2002. Debra and he have three children and actively attend Clearcreek Chapel in Springboro, Ohio.