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Mark Richards Expert Information

VP Operations and Finance

VP / CFO - Private Company

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Expert Topics: FP&A, Human Capital
Expert Answers: 113 Answers/Comments

MY BACKROUND IN BILLION DOLLAR+ FIRMS, MID-SIZE AND START-UPS.

I am a leader who has managed large finance teams and major investments for billion dollar+ firms, learned about identification of customer issues and how to build solutions to solve in start-ups, and managed business operations/support in mid-size firms to support growth and strategic direction.

MY APPROACH TO BEING A GOOD CFO:

Keep my business understanding as close as possible to the CEO team that allows me to accelerate their efforts with relevant insight and counsel. 

I AM COMFORTABLE WITH THE FLUIDITY OF SITUATIONS AND RAPID CHANGE

I enjoy analyzing the ever-changing complexity of our customers, markets, people, and technology.  Then distilling it down into the necessary actions to refine our offerings, channels, delivery and investments.   As important, I am able to use simple and visual communications of the context and outcomes to enable our teams to take action.

I LEARNED THE BUSINESS BY GETTING OUT FROM BEHIND THE DESK & ROLES OUTSIDE OF FINANCE

I have traveled to 150 cities & 15 countries to work alongside sales, account managers, operations, and support teams.  I have spent 3 years in non-finance roles (Sales, Product Marketing) and 8 years managing support (finance, IT, HR, etc.) and 3 years business operations (e.g. Production & Fulfillment, Software Engineering) 

Education

BA, Accounting : Saint John's University

MBA, Finance : University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Business