Leading Finance Organizations in High Growth Industries
Chris's career path has been nothing short of impressive, having worked in accounting, finance, and financial leadership for over 17 years. He started his career in public accounting, where he had the opportunity to work with a lot of fortune 1000 companies in Indianapolis. However, he quickly realized that he was not meant to be a number spellchecker and moved on to his first entrepreneurship venture. He was still doing accounting but in a high-growth startup company, which was a lot of fun.
Chris sees his career in different stages. He spent the first five to six years primarily in public accounting and corporate accounting. Then he moved into FP&A leadership, where he worked at a pharmaceutical drug development company that was publicly traded and about $300 million in revenue. He led the company's central laboratories in Annapolis, Geneva, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, giving him a broad range of experiences.
However, Chris has always been drawn to small to medium-sized scrappy startup companies. He went back to another startup company, building the entire FP&A organization from scratch. As the first FP&A person, he built the function all the way out, getting the team stepping into leadership and guiding that. He then went to another software company where he was leading the entire market, a marketing platform company that was global, building up the finance organization from about 20 employees to 1200 employees and $450,000 to $120 million in revenue.
After building and shaping finance organizations, Chris found himself at a fork in the road. He had to decide whether to continue down the CFO route or start his own business. He chose the latter and started Fresh FP&A with the intention of providing a fresh perspective on finance. He felt there needed to be a new outlook on people, value, and finance.
Starting Fresh FP&A as a side hustle six or seven years ago, Chris worked on it while having a full-time finance leadership job as a VP of finance. However, he eventually quit his job to work on Fresh FP&A a full-time, and it will be a year in February since he started. It has been quite the journey for Chris, and it's clear that he's passionate about finance and entrepreneurship.