27 Years of Experience
Tom brings more than 25 years of diverse and progressive financial and operational leadership having worked for global publicly traded companies that range in size from $300 million to $5 billion. He is a Chief Financial Officer with a track record of success in business development, mergers and acquisitions, operational improvement, and financial and strategic planning. During his career, he has led merger and divestiture transactions valued at approximately $2 billion in aggregate. Additionally, he raised and refinanced over $2 billion in debt and equity financing across multiple transactions. In July 2019, Tom was recognized as the CFO of the Year- Public Company by the Charlotte Business Journal.
His industry experience includes accounting and consulting services, aerospace, automotive, diversified industrial manufacturing, electrical manufacturing, life sciences, professional services, and textiles. Tom's diverse areas of expertise include:
Tom's passion is helping businesses continually improve and optimizing the results of each dollar invested in the enterprise. His favorite part of being a CFO is translating the strategy of the organization into day to day operational actions, seeing the vision unfold and evolving the organization step by step. He believes the underpinning of business improvement is a deep understanding of the financial results and the value drivers of an organization. Additionally, his extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and strong relationships with bankers, attorneys, and accountants can be an invaluable asset to a business owner contemplating an exit from their business.
Tom is a CPA and earned a BS degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After spending five years auditing and advising small to mid-sized companies at a global accounting and consulting firm, he transitioned into industry. During the next 20 plus years, he held financial roles of increasing scope and responsibility including such roles as Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller, Vice President-Chief Accounting Officer, and Senior Vice President-Chief Financial Officer. The common themes throughout his career have been improving business results, advising business leaders, and acquiring and integrating new businesses.
During his career, Tom has worked in the Charlotte area, the United Kingdom, Northeast Tennessee, as well as traveling the globe for business. He is now based in Charlotte with his wife and three college/high school age children. They are lovers of travel, sports, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
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About Tom Burwell
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Certificates & Licenses:
Certified Public Accountant
Financial Executives Networking Group
Chief Financial Officer Leadership Council
Financial Executives International