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RE: Mentoring/Coaching for financial executives

Hi. I am the CFO of a 100 person software/telecommunications firm in Illinois. Does anyone have any recommendations for individuals/firms providing coaching/mentoring services? Preferably someone being a prior financial exec type.  

Thank you.

Ray

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Brad Butler
Title: SVP
Company: Merchants and Manufacturers Bank
(SVP, Merchants and Manufacturers Bank) |

Ray-

There is an accounting firm in Palatine, IL that has a CFO group. I believe they might be able help with coaching/mentoring. The guy running the program was the CFO of several different manufacturing companies prior to doing the consulting gig. Contact information below...

David Halick
BIK & Co, LLP
625 N North Court, Suite 200
Palatine, IL 60067-8148

Cell 847-987-6106
Direct Phone: (847) 348-6533
Direct Fax: (847) 348-6583
www.BIKCFO.com
Main Phone: (847) 362-4310 ext. 363
Main Fax: (847) 362-5016

Good Luck!
Brad

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John Kogan
Title: CEO/CFO
Company: Proformative, Inc.
(CEO/CFO, Proformative, Inc.) |

Another recommendation in from a CEO I used to CFO for:

Ken Mueller, a many-time CFO and board member. He can be contacted at kenamueller at msn.com. More about Ken at http://tinyurl.com/3muvguq.

Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

Howard Schwedel, who runs Forum4 Success, in the Chicago suburbs. Howard is at Phone: 847-207-3615 Email: HBS4Successatgmail [dot] com. http://forum4success.wordpress.com/

Howard is a former CFO himself and I have known him for around a year.

Rick Ubinger
Title: Co-Owner & CFO
Company: Acuity Finishing
(Co-Owner & CFO, Acuity Finishing) |

B2B CFO is a national firm with over 190 partners. We provide "as needed" CFO services to our clients. This includes mentoring services. Feel free to review our website at www.b2bcfo.com.

Doug Hutchison
Title: CFO/Treasurer
Company: Construction industry
(CFO/Treasurer, Construction industry) |

It would be helpful if you could be more specific. Are you referring to leadership qualities (e.g.listening, communication, talent identification, talent evaluation, presentation, speaking, etc.) or technical areas that CFO's handle (e.g. risk management, cash management, strategic planning, taxation, contracts and administration). I believe these are entirely different skill sets. Most CFO's possess some degree or all of the (latter) technical skills, the former is a different story. I believe the two require different coaching skills. It would be great to know better what you are attempting to achieve.

Ray Scheppach
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Vail Systems, Inc.
(Chief Financial Officer , Vail Systems, Inc.) |

Everyone - Thank you for your posts.

Doug - Good question. Agreed, my initial question wasn't overly specific. I was referring to leadership qualities in the context of managing my career / career progression etc...
Thank you.
Ray

Kevin Kelso
Title: Controller
Company: The Arc of Delaware
(Controller, The Arc of Delaware) |

If your company has an adequate training & travel budget, I highly recommend attending the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. There are several leadership training programs to choose from and can vouch that it made a difference in my career.
http://www.ccl.org/leadership/index.aspx
Good Luck!

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