Dennis V. Niven, CPA
Scottsdale, AZ CFO
43 Years of Experience
As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and financial manager, Dennis has 40 years of financial management experience with a wide range of companies. Fourteen years of heading up the Emerging Business Services practice of a "Big 4" CPA firm in three states, seven years serving as Subsidiary Controller (large plant), Group Controller (worldwide) and CFO for one of America's most profitable, acquisition-minded, middle market, public (NYSE) manufacturing companies, and eleven years of experience running his own part-time CFO consulting firm prior to joining this firm over eight years ago has given Dennis the ability to bring world-class leadership to small to medium-sized businesses for a fraction of the cost of an employee.
As a CFO, Dennis specializes in rapid-growth and entrepreneurial companies with an eye on ethical business practices and moral thought and a continuing focus on bringing these benefits to his clients:
As a Certified Business Exit Consultant (CEBC), Dennis specializes in helping business owners determine how to successfully exit their businesses. This does not always mean a sale of the business to a strategic buyer, but often gifting to family or charity, an ESOP, management buyouts or private equity group recapitalizations better achieve the owner's goals. By determining an owner's goals and his or her financial and mental readiness for an exit, Dennis educates the owner(s) on the various exit options that are available to meet the goals, the value of the company under the various exit options, and helps the owner pick the optimal exit option. The result is a written exit plan to achieve the exit goals while maximizing liquid wealth considering income and estate taxes, etc.
As a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA), Dennis manages Success Teams to ensure that the owner's exit plans are followed. An intermediary on the buy or sell side, Dennis understands the intricate negotiations and considerations required to successfully complete a deal. Dennis is specifically trained in and understands the complexities of private capital markets and has a lot of success in finding financing for his clients.
A highly creative individual, Dennis sees systems where others see unrelated objects. Dennis serves on the board of advisors for some of his clients, has been a CFO in a highly competitive industry, and always works closely with CEOs as a trusted, visionary and optimistic advisor. Whether your company is publicly or closely held, for-profit or not-for-profit, in a turn-around or a profit enhancement situation, Dennis has the ability to hit the ground running.
Above all, Dennis is exceptionally skilled at building personal relationships, maintains a positive mental attitude and lives with more and more gratitude every day.
Dennis returned to Arizona in 2005 from his years of experience in the Houston, Omaha and Chicago areas. Dennis and Becky, his wife of 40 years, enjoy continuous learning, relaxing in our motor home, amateur radio, riding Harleys and spending time with our son Chad, whom has a private law practice in Scottsdale, his wife Crysti (a Maricopa County child advocate litigator) and our granddaughters, Ava Gabriella and Addison Grace.
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Certificates & Licenses:
Certified Public Accountant
Certified Global Management Accountant
Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor
Certified Dale Carnegie Course Instructor
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Private Pilot, Instrument Rating
Amateur Extra Class Radio licensee N1VEN
Pinnacle Equity Solutions member
American Institute of CPAs
Arizona Society of CPAs
Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA)
FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group)
American Radio Relay League (Amateur Extra Class licensee)
Harley Owners Group
NRA Benefactor Life
International Assn of Clergy