32 Years of Experience
Ken continues to build on his many years of progressive, wide-ranging business and financial leadership experience. While operating in a variety of large manufacturing and consumer products concerns, he successfully built and led exemplary financial and IT organizations with four different public corporations over the course of his twenty year career prior to joining B2B CFO. During his corporate career, Ken held positions ranging from entry level Financial Analyst, to SVP of Finance, IT and Business Insights and Global Director of Finance and Planning while encompassing both domestic and international responsibilities. Ken has tremendous experience in the CFO role at different companies ranging in size from $1M to $1.7B. His career has spanned numerous cities including Dallas and Pittsburgh with Midwest stints in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and, currently, Minneapolis.
Ken has worked in the following types of businesses providing his financial expertise at various levels.
Technology: software as a service* and mainframe software, semiconductor manufacturing, creative web design and development, network security consulting
Housewares: storage and organization products, paint applicators, consumer glass products, custom window coverings
Health Care: medical device manufacturing*, cell and gene therapy case management*, home health care, workers comp case management*, medical scribe staffing, supplement manufacturing*
Industrial: glass products, construction and farm equipment components, data center and commercial electrical products, point-of-sale equipment, productivity tools for the art industry, custom electric motor part manufacturing
Office Products: markers and writing instruments, small desk items, back-to-school supplies
Luxury: high quality confections, jewelry, high end writing instruments
Services: digital and print media*, commercial sewing, inter-modal transportation, network security consulting, commercial and retail dry cleaning and laundry*
Wholesale Distribution: hearing accessory products*, packaging supplies and solutions, propane, fuels, and lubricants, landscaping and masonry supplies*
* current B2B CFO client engagements
Through his vast industry experiences Ken has gained valuable knowledge in several specific areas of each industry. Included in his experiences are:
He also has experience working and directly negotiating with an array of customer groups that have included:
Ken is recognized for his key strengths in the following areas:
Key areas of focus for current B2B CFO clients is business transition for owners, short and long term financial plans, cash flow projections and management, identifying new sources of cash, managing financing and investment relationships, profitability improvement, conversion to accrual accounting from the cash basis, gross margin expansion, staff development, and evaluation of strategic alternatives. Ken serves on the board of directors for a former manufacturing client as chairman as well as the board of a current client going through a significant ownership transition process.
Ken received his BSBA degree from the University of Arizona with majors in both finance and marketing. While working full-time, Ken completed his MBA degree at the University of Dallas with a concentration in corporate finance. During his academic career, he completed 27 hours of accounting coursework.
Ken and his wife Sheralyn have two adult children. He's an active Masters swimmer and triathlon competitor and generally loves being active outdoors. In the past, Ken has been the volunteer CFO for Rapport Afghanistan, a charity providing basic necessities to the impoverished citizens of Afghanistan. Ken is also a participant in the Feed My Starving Children charity and co-founded Solid Beginnings, a charitable organization that redistributed used and new infant and toddler items to less privileged families in the Chicago area.
Please read this Letter of Recommendation for Ken Saddler at 82B CFO from Duncan Lee, CE0/Owner, Engineered Products Co
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