Realizing the Strategic Advantage of “Remote” | John Cappadona, CFO, School of Rock

The way John Cappadona sees it, School of Rock—the company that he joined as CFO back in March 2019—just became another business. “We are deriving 100 percent of our revenue right now from something that did not exist 2 months ago. We were an in-person education business. We had to pivot immediately to deliver a…

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606: Leveraging the Value of Culture | Will Costolnick, CFO, Hire Dynamics

Years from now, when Will Costolnick thinks back to the start of his CFO career, he will likely count the 12 months that preceded his appointment as CFO of Hire Dynamics as part of the same chapter, for—not unlike many of his CFO peers—Costolnick first found his footing at his new employer by slipping into…
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605: When Finance Sings a New Tune | John Cappadona, CFO, School of Rock

Unlike the music artists and instructors recruited by School of Rock to provide music lessons at its 270 locations around the globe, John Cappadona was first hired by the firm to provide a crash course in accounting. “The day I joined, my controller and I walked through the door together not knowing anything,” explains Cappadona,…
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604: When It’s Time for a Fire Drill | Gordon Stuart, CFO, Unit4

In the late 1980s, when Gordon Stuart exited a 4-year stint as an auditor with Price Waterhouse, he bid accounting farewell—or at least he did until he stepped into a CFO role roughly a dozen years later. Ever since, he has occupied multiple CFO roles, helping to remove any doubt about his finance and accounting…
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603: All Eyes on Recovery Indicators | John Bonney, CFO, Harness

­When John Bonney joined San Francisco–based Harness a little more than a year ago, he became not only the company’s first CFO but also its first finance hire. “For me, this was the first time that I came into a role with a blank slate—it was at Ground Zero,” explains Bonney, who says that the…
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602: A Creative Agency Weathers the COVID Storm | Peter Mair, CFO, CMD Agency

. CFOTL: Take us back - what was CMD's initial response to COVID 19? Mair: I guess probably in the first week of March, we had to close our Seattle office and have people work remotely. And it was about the second week in March that we did the same for our Portland office. I…
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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event for CFOs | Amir Jafari, CFO, Reputation.com

“We’re in a world that is highly abnormal. There’s a ‘sense of pause’ that’s been created. For me, this is a unique opportunity because when the world is standing still, we have the ability right now to validate our vision,” explains CFO Amir Jafari of Reputation.com. For Jafari, the current environment demands that finance listen…

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601: Championing Cash Flows to Disarm COVID | Hilla Sferruzza, CFO, Meritage Homes

When it comes to protecting the business from the bite of the pandemic, Meritage Homes CFO Hilla Sferruzza makes it clear that her primary focus remains on cash flow and preserving whatever she can of it to help the home builder weather what lies ahead. “It’s a pretty long cycle, and there is a substantial…
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600: Charting Your Course to Survive and Thrive | Amir Jafari, CFO, Reputation.com

When Amir Jafari looks back and reflects on his path to the CFO office, he includes two character traits that have arguably long distinguished finance leaders from other functional leaders.  “We in finance have high levels of accountability and integrity, and these are the things that we're able to then transpose in terms of what…
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599: Sharpening Your Customer Acumen | David Woodworth, CFO, insightsoftware

At the age of 31, David Woodworth was offered CFO positions at two different firms. The first offer came from his then current employer, where as vice president of finance he was keenly aware of urgent challenges that the company’s next CFO would need to address. The second offer came unsolicited from a smaller company…
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