Scott Peterson is Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and of Government Relations for Avalara, Inc. Avalara is the industry leader in providing sales tax automation to small and medium sized business. In his role, Scott leads Avalara’s effort to make sure that Avalara is the first name states think of in sales tax automation. Scott is a frequent speaker on sales tax policy and sales tax administration. Scott was named to the 2018 Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. Prior to joining Avalara Scott was the first Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board; an organization devoted to making sales tax simpler and more uniform for the benefit of business. Before joining Streamline Scott spent ten years as the Director of the South Dakota Sales Tax Division where he was responsible for the state sales and use tax, the state’s contractor’s excise tax, the sales and use tax for over two hundred cities, and the sales and use tax for four tribal governments. Scott also spent twelve years providing research and writing for the South Dakota Legislature. Scott is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota.