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Be the CEO

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In February’s lunch and learn, finance expert Mark Pudzrak explores how you can further your business vision with a financial partner.

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Be the CEO

  1. 1. Be the CEO Mark Puzdrak, CPA
  2. 2. Objectives for Today • Identify scenarios that will alert you when you are not receiving financial information in a timely fashion • Practices your CFO/CPA should provide you • How to set and reach your financial goals
  3. 3. Your Financial Goals • What do you want to accomplish? • What is important to you? • What is your risk tolerance? • How long do you plan to be in this business? • Hit and Quit • Short Range – Long Term • 100 Year Company • Legacy Builder
  4. 4. What is a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) • Highest ranking executive in a company • Primary responsibilities: • Major corporate decisions • Overall operations and resources of the company • Main point of communication between board of directors and corporate operations • Public face of the company • Often has a position on the board – sometimes even the chair • Small company – CEO is a hands on role • Makes most of the business decisions • Lower level business decisions (example: hiring staff)
  5. 5. Red Flag Scenarios • Closing of books > 10 days • Avg. closing time = 5.2 days • Monthly financial statements delivered late • February statements delivered in April • Financial statements sent without analysis of or comparison to budgets, YOY amounts, industry standards • Questions go unanswered for days/weeks • CFO/CPA/Bookkeeper should be an accountability partner
  6. 6. Provided to You • Action items to be completed • What to expect in the monthly financial statement package • Analysis of the financial package • Timeline • Day the books will be closed (monthly) • Scheduled meetings to discuss information
  7. 7. Reaching Your Financial Goals • Learn the business of the business • Educate yourself • Hire from the bottom up • Think of the business from the bottom up • Perceive employees as Profit Drivers, not Cost Centers • High people with a high ceiling and a low floor • KISS • Keep It Simple Silly
  8. 8. Learn the Business of the Business • Legal Structure • LLC • Partnership • S-Corporation • Budgeting • Bottom up budgeting • Financial Statements • What they are • Why they’re important • Cash vs Accrual Basis
  9. 9. Hire from the Bottom Up • Sales • IT • Bookkeeping Services • Banker • CPA • Receptionist
  10. 10. Cost Center or Profit Driver? • Sales • IT • Bookkeeping Services • Banker • CPA • Receptionist
  11. 11. Questions?