James Houghton

Belle Mead, NJ CFO

34 Years of Experience

Jim has over 30 years of leadership experience at the crossroads of finance, accounting and technology. He has excelled at working with the founders of small to medium-sized fast-growing companies to build the right financial, accounting and operational infrastructure to meet their needs and provide a strong foundation for sustained growth. He has provided multi-year strategic leadership as CFO or COO for four diverse companies, all of which grew dramatically during his tenure.

Jim was the successful CFO of Edison Venture-backed Princeton Financial Systems during its high-growth phase and through the time of its acquisition by State Street. This transaction provided the founders and investors liquidity and a historically high ROI to the lead VC firm (approx. 10X in three years).

More recently, he was Chief Financial Officer at ObjectFrontier Software for five years and also served as its Financial Services Practice Lead, OFS's largest vertical market practice area. During his tenure, OFS was ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for three years running. Jim came on when the Company had no CFO or separate accounting function and built a comprehensive financial and administrative set of systems, processes and organization to allow the company to expand and succeed.

In addition, Jim was a founding employee of a technology startup and managed the finance and operations for a boutique investment management company. Jim also spent 12 years at Wall Street firms Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse leading product and financial management for large investment technology organizations.

Jim started his career as a CPA in the audit division of Arthur Andersen. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Washington and an MBA and Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Jim has lived in the Princeton, NJ area for nearly 25 years with his wife, where they raised their two children. When Jim isn't providing financial advice, he enjoys road cycling when the weather isn't too cold, cooking when he finds something new to try, and semi-professional choral singing any time he can.


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About James Houghton

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Universities:

Columbia University, MBA
Columbia University, Master of International Affairs
University of Washington, BA Business, Accounting

Certificates & Licenses:

CPA Washington State, 1983
Certified Financial Planner, 1991
FINRA Securities Rep Series 7 & 63, 2003

Organizations:

Financial Executives International
Financial Executives Networking Group

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