503: Reaching More Ears with the Universal Language of Finance | Ryan Hymel, CFO, Playa Hotels & Resorts

A number of years after he first joined the lodging and hospitality industry, Ryan Hymel recalls being confronted by a fork in the road. Having labored deep inside his company's M&A growth engine, he realized that his native tongue would curtail his career opportunities as the company's appetite for growth became increasingly focused on Mexico…
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502: Keeping Your Plan in Hand | Mark Guerin, CFO, Onconova Therapeutics, Inc.

Twenty-four months ago, CFO Mark Guerin had a pretty clear notion of what he wanted Onconova's financial footing to look like during the second half of 2019. However, the question that lingered was whether the plan that Guerin and his team were putting into motion had the vigor to overcome the obstacles along the way.…
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501: Why the Message Matters | Steven Gaven, CFO, Boston Private

Many CFOs have told us that storytelling is a big part of being a successful CFO today. However, quite a few finance leaders have told us that this did not come naturally to them and that in fact it was only by virtue of an "A-ha!" moment that they did finally lock on to the…
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500: The Push to Drive Profitability | Katherine Edenbach, CFO, Certify

Years from now, when Katherine Edenbach looks back on her CFO career, 2019 might be remembered as a pendulum year--or a year when her priorities as a finance leader swung from growth to profitability. "Smaller companies are much more focused on revenue and revenue growth, which is very important, but we need to drive a…
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499: When Leveraging Footprint Economics | Nadeem Moiz, CFO, Select Interior Concepts

When asked what his priorities are as a finance leader over the next 12 months, CFO Nadeem Moiz supplies an answer that uses the phrase "shareholder value" not once, but three times. Needless to say, shareholder value appears to be top-of-mind at Select Interior Concepts, a diversified building products and services company. Explains Moiz: "In…
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498: Invest, Execute, and Perform | Dan Fletcher, CFO, Host Analytics

Asked to reflect on his path to the CFO office, Dan Fletcher characterizes his years in private equity as being more operationally focused than transaction-based--or at least he recalls being drawn more to the challenges facing CFOs and other senior members of the management team than to the deal-making mechanics of the banking side. As…
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497: Rites of Passage Along the Commercialization Path | Tim Adams, CFO, ObsEva

Three years ago, Tim Adams probably never imagined that today he would be taking spin classes in Geneva, Switzerland. At the time, the seasoned finance leader could be found queuing up at Logan Airport to board yet another flight to San Francisco. Of course, one could argue that a certain Logan departure gate ultimately helped…
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496: Making Finance Your Company’s Information Hub | Adam Meister, CFO, Talend

A career stint inside the corporate development realm at Visa quickly came to mind for CFO Adam Meister when he was asked about the experiences that he believed had shaped his CFO mind-set. Characterizing his time at Visa more as "a detour" than as a straight line along his career- building trajectory, Meister recalls the…
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495: Putting Three-Wheelers in Gear | Bal Bhullar, CFO, Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp.

Thanks to an entrepreneurial itch, Bal Bhullar will never be a conventional CFO. In fact, her CFO resume may be the only one ever to include three-wheel electric cars alongside vitamin supplements. However, when it comes to finance milestones such as the $12 million in new financing on which Electra Meccanica closed last March, Bhullar…
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494: The Fruitful Mix of Mindbody & Data | Brett White, CFO, Mindbody, Inc.

One of Brett White's first assignments as a CFO was also one of his toughest. Back in 2001, with 10 years of career-building at Oracle Corp. behind him, White recalls eagerly stepping into his first CFO role--only to be handed a less than exhilarating task. During a meeting in his first week on the job,…
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