The CFO'S Perspective

A Retirement Farewell: Saying Goodbye to Tom Varga, Tom Broetje, and Larry Numata

As the year draws to a close, unfortunately, we must bid farewell to some of our nearest and dearest colleagues and friends Tom Varga, Tom Broetje, and Larry Numata.

Each of these men has contributed to our firm in a unique way to power its success. Their contributions to the long-term evolution of our organization will invariably be missed because the years of experience they leave with are not going to be easy to replace.

So, while we selfishly wish they were not leaving, we wish them best in their retirement.

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Interviewing Alex de Soto – Surprises, Myths, Remote Work & More

Alex de Soto has been a vital member of the CFO selections team for 14 years. Alex is a former Big-4 CPA and CFO who provides executive search services for owners and CEOs of Pacific Northwest-based companies looking for a CFO, VP Finance, or Controller.

He continues to lead the search practice of CFO Selections which provides talented senior finance leaders for interim, project, or part-time assignments.

CFO Selections continues to benefit from his 30 years as a Pacific Northwest-based business professional and his extensive network of business and finance leaders. Alex has worked with hundreds of CEOs and owners and interviewed thousands of CFOs. He has an exceptional understanding of the role of a CFO and the unique nature of what each CEO/owner needs in a CFO.

We recently sat down with Alex for a quick interview:

Topics: Success Stories This is Us

What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Most of my vacations are pretty typical – camp on the Sound, cruise to Alaska, plane trip to kid-friendly destination, road trip to friends. 

... but not this year.

This year, I fulfilled a long-time dream and went to Africa.  I did the multi-day safari, fed the giraffes at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi, and enjoyed local cuisine and cultures. But mostly… I did financial spreadsheets.  And IT infrastructure planning. And computer teaching.  In other words, pretty much the same things I do all the time, except in hotter weather.

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Crossing the Finish Line – “Winners” of the World’s Best Mountain Bike Race (A True Story)

After a year of strategizing, planning, training and stress, my wife, Heather and I participated in the one-of-a-kind 7-day BC Bike Race in beautiful British Columbia.

Topics: Success Stories This is Us Personal Development Portland

This is Us – Todd Kimball and the Impossible House Remodel

After purchasing three homes in Portland in the past 15 years, I have come to a firm conclusion that houses choose us!  Not in some mysterious way or anything, but rather, just practically speaking.  As a home buyer, we don’t exactly drive around and pick a house off the street that meets our specifications and strike a deal.  Often, buyers must submit offers on several houses before a match is found.

Topics: This is Us Portland