The CFO'S Perspective

Lessons Learned as an Outside Director for an Early-Stage Startup

Admittedly, I am a sucker for entrepreneurs. I love working with people who are passionate about starting their own venture to bring their new and innovative products and services to market. It is the primary reason I started my own business and worked as an outsourced CFO for over 30 years.

In this passion, I served as a board member for the Northwest Entrepreneurship Association and was involved with several angel groups. I believe the spirit of entrepreneurship and the willingness to take risks are the primary drivers of our U.S. economy.

Topics: Leadership Start-up

Increase Profitability through Back Office Improvements

Back office operations are not always glamorous, but they are some of the most important daily functions for a company. Back office areas like IT, accounting, finance, HR, compliance, legal, and administrative activities work behind the scenes, making up the backbone of a company’s brand promise. Despite being non-customer-facing, the back office portion of an organization is every bit as important as the front office (which is made up of departments like sales, marketing, and customer support).

As such, investing in improving your company’s back office can result in both internal and external wins. Internally back office improvements can increase employee retention and enhance the workplace culture, while externally these improvements can boost profitability and revenue.

But with so many areas falling under the back office umbrella, uniting them under a single set of improvement initiatives is a difficult premise.

Topics: Planning Financial Process Automation

How Can a CFO Improve Your Hiring Strategy?

Knowing when to hire employees and how much to pay them can make or break a hiring strategy. However, this is not the entire picture. Benefits are just as important to your strategic hiring plan. In light of the growing number of people leaving their jobs in recent months, which has been dubbed The Great Resignation, understanding this concept has never been more important than it is these days.

Topics: Recruiting Planning CFO Responsibilities

My Journey as an Accidental Entrepreneur

Like a lot of small business owners, I never expected to own a business. I didn’t think that I had an entrepreneurial bone in my body. I had always been a corporate guy. It's not latent in my DNA either. My dad spent his 40+ year career with General Motors. His dad tried his hand at owning and running a commercial painting business, but alas, after years of struggling, it failed.

Topics: CFO Portland Success Story

8 Strategies to Hold onto Your Valuable Employees post-COVID

COVID 19 has made a significant impact on everyone. Those who are close to retirement and those who feel uneasy about their employers' plans to return to the office cannot stop talking about it. They are trying to answer the looming question – "What do I want to do with my life, especially if this pandemic may curtail it?"

COVID-19 has been a significant disrupter to the traditional “work until you're 65, then retire” path. Now that the world is opening, we are expecting a flood of job changes, working fractionally, changing careers, and retiring because everyone has come face to face with the realization that life is short. With this realization, many are planning to make dramatic changes in their lives.

Filling this workforce gap will be challenging. Statistics show that 28.6 million Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) are now out of the workforce in 2020. According to a Pew Research report, that's 3.2 million more than those who said they were retired during the same period in 2019. That may seem average but consider that there is a deficit of about 5 million fewer Generation X (born 1965 to 1980) professionals that could be ready to step into the Baby Boomers' vacant roles.  I have a friend who is 55, who quit his more than full-time, high-paying, executive job in 2020. He invested in a business overseas and plans to move there with his spouse and work part-time.

Topics: Planning HR Leadership