Al has more than 30 years of extensive business experience as a CFO and senior financial executive and trusted advisor to CEOs and business owners of privately held and public companies. He has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for companies ranging from startup through to $300 million. Al's industry experience includes retail, hospitality, consumer products, manufacturing and distribution, printing, consulting, and aerospace and defense. He has successfully applied innovative thinking and problem solving, strategic analysis, and plan implementation. Al has been called a "realignment CFO" and a "pain reliever" because of his ability to diagnose and implement solutions and quickly make an impact... SEE MORE
Al's experience as a CFO extends to virtually every aspect of a business's financial and operating needs. In addition to turnarounds, building, rebuilding, and managing financial teams of all sizes and complexity, he has also had direct management responsibility for HR, IT, Credit & Collections, Risk Management, Operations, Contracts, and Customer Service. The commonality has been his ability to work with his peers and mentor teams to achieve the company's goals. He believes, "If you are not serving the customer directly, you should be serving those that are."
Al has successfully managed companies through accelerated growth as well as through downturns. He has had key roles in 30 mergers, sales, acquisitions, and divestitures and was the lead in the last 20. He has completed numerous financings and recapitalizations including bank debt, mezzanine debt and or equity, private placements, and IPOs. He has successfully developed and maintained financing relationships with banks, investors, and other sources of funds.
Other areas of expertise include:
- Cash flow and working capital management
- Operational evaluation & improvement
- Cost and profit analysis/product margin and pricing analysis
- Expense reduction and cost containment
- Timely and accurate financial reporting, analysis, and presentation
- Strategic planning, budgeting, cash forecasting, and financial projections
- Development and translation of Key Performance Indicator (KPI) dashboards and understanding the underlying levers available to effect improvements
- Business restructuring, turnarounds, and vendor relations
- ERP/accounting software review, selection through to implementation
- Bank and alternative financing
- Human resources and risk management
- Banking, CPA, attorney, and insurance relationships
Al brings passion and enthusiasm to his job and the companies he serves. He is a straightforward and detailed communicator who is equally effective with boards, investors, management, and staff. Honesty, integrity, and enjoyment are core values that have led to success throughout his career.
Al graduated from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Canada, and is a CPA, CGA (Canadian equivalent to a CPA in the US). He and his family moved to California more than 25 years ago. He is a US Citizen and holds a DoD Secret clearance. He, his wife and two sons reside in Orange County, California. Al enjoys golfing, basketball, reading, and travel.
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