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Webinar Recording

7 Keys to a Fast Close - Save Resources and Time for Improving Results

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
In sports, the manager knows the score right at the moment and can make adjustments on the spot. Yet in business, we can be well into a month before we know how last month went. In finance, we can feel like we move from one month close to the next, with little time in-between to analyze and improve results. Fortunately, that can change with leadership and knowledge.

In this webinar you will learn how to approach your closing process differently and come up with a number of ways you might speed up your process. Learn how to prepare ahead for the month's end, along with techniques to make sure your numbers are more accurate, while coming out even faster. Less time closing means more time for strategic, value-add opportunities to advance your company and your career. The webinar will walk you through a real-world example at a pharmaceutical firm that transformed its operations to report numbers the first morning after month-end after previously being many weeks behind in their financials.

After attending this event you will be able to:
Specify why a fast close is important and build the mindset needed from your president, staff, company and suppliers to get buy-in for a faster close
Identify new ways to look at your closing process and come up with ideas to speed up your most challenging processes and toughest numbers to generate
Establish where to look during the month and what to generate in your final review so you can be both fast and accurate without getting blindsided by surprises later
Free yourself and your team for more time afterwards to work on improving results and raise the value you provide to the overall organization


Jon Paul, CEO, Value Added Finance Resources
Jon Paul
CEO, Value Added Finance Resources
Jon Paul has helped entrepreneurs and executive directors over the past 24 years turn potential into well done by assisting them as a mentor, consultant, interim CFO or board member. Recently he served as interim CFO for Brook Furniture for two years, helping them refinance their debt and take $3 million out of costs. Before starting his firm, Jon was CFO at a pharmaceutical manufacturer that grew from $8 to $140 million and VP Finance & Operations at a toy manufacturer which grew from $2 to $30 million. With Jon’s unique approach to finance, he helps clients close the books faster, gain new insights, uncover different strategic opportunities, attract more fundraising and in some cases, sell at a handsome profit.
John Kogan, CEO,  Proformative
John Kogan
CEO, Proformative
John has been CFO at four technology companies, a finance executive at Cardinal Health, and in multiple roles at AlliedSignal and Cisco Systems. John has raised over $100M in equity capital and debt and has played central roles in numerous buy and sell-side transactions for both public and private companies. As COO at two companies, John also ran Engineering, Manufacturing and Customer Service operations. He has also founded, invested in and been a board member or advisor of a number of companies. John has a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Event Sponsor Intacct
Intacct - Intacct is the cloud financial management company. Bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting, Intacct's award-winning applications are the preferred financial applications for AICPA business solutions. Intacct applications, in use by more than 8,500+ organizations from startups to public companies, are designed to improve company performance and make finance more productive. Hundreds of leading CPA firms and Value Added Resellers offer Intacct to their clients. The Intacct system includes accounting, contract management, revenue management, project and fund accounting, inventory management, purchasing, vendor management, financial consolidation and financial reporting applications, all delivered over the Internet via cloud computing.
By filling out this form you will become a member of Proformative, and are subject to Proformative's User Agreement. This webinar is provided to you for free by the sponsor, who may contact you later.

There are no CPE Credits for this Solution Demonstration.