Harvest CFO Delivers Best Value Proposition for PE Portco Interim CFO Needs

Harvest CFO consistently delivers the best value proposition for companies seeking the right financial leaders for shorter term “interim” needs. Through the Firm’s proprietary extensive national database and network of PE portfolio company (Portco) interim CFOs, we deliver candidates with the right industry experience and skillset needed to be successful in interim engagements within 5 to 10 business days from initial request. Our interim fee model is typically 25% to 35% less cost than our competition. We work very hard to fill interim roles with individuals from the local geographic market thereby avoiding travel costs and commuting issues and increasing the probability of good chemistry and cultural fit. When the best outcome is the interim CFO converts to the permanent CFO, our model results in a highly successful transition.

Don Hillier, CEO of Harvest CFO states, “We do not take a generalist approach for our interim roles. Instead we present successful PE Portco CFOs with relevant industry experience and skillset needed for the specific interim need. Our interim cost model creates tremendous value for our clients and enables us to attract and retain the absolute best talent for the duration of our interim roles. We have placed interim CFOs for several PE Portcos across the US. Similar to our permanent placements, we are relentless to quickly deliver the best talent and the best economic value for our clients.”

Harvest CFO provides executive search for permanent placement as well as contracted financial leaders for interim roles. For more information about Harvest CFO contact Don Hillier, CEO at 216-609-3033 or email dhillier@harvestcfo.com.

The Business Partner CFO

Private equity (PE) firms that generate higher returns for their investors have embraced the evolution of the portfolio company finance function becoming a competitive advantage. CEOs and private equity (PE) professionals we work with share our rigid belief that the CFO role needs to be a true business partner in value creation. Based on our work with PE portfolio companies, there is a strong preference for financial leaders who bring the mindset and skills to elevate the CFO role from financial gatekeeper to a more business-oriented role as an adviser and a strategic partner to the CEO and PE firm corresponding with the roles as “Catalyst” and “Strategist”.

We recruit successful CFOs with track records of instilling the analytic engine of finance into the fabric of the business. They lead the finance team to help focus the entire business on key financial objectives that support the value creation plan of the entity – moving from reactive measurement to proactive forecasting and analysis, while not losing sight of the basic accounting and control functions. They not only have tremendous analytical skill and financial acumen working with the CEO and the Board, but also have deep organizational management skills to build relationships with business peers and cultivate a motivated finance team to operate in a manner that supports the key objectives of the business elevating beyond basic reporting and accounting.

We find the most effective CFOs develop a truly in-depth understanding of the business and how value is created. They are partners with the CEO and PE firm with an intense focus on improving EBITDA and cash flow. Expertise in leading/developing an FP&A discipline including metrics and business intelligence (BI) that reflect and ultimately help predict true business performance is an essential skillset. The right CFO has the skills and drive to create and lead a financial management function that provides the objective measurements, systems, processes, and controls that yields continuous improvement in the business to achieve strategic plan and higher valuations upon an exit transaction.

 

 

 

Harvest CFO provides executive search for permanent placement as well as contracted financial leaders for interim roles.  For more information about Harvest CFO contact Don Hillier, CEO at 216-609-3033 or email dhillier@harvestcfo.com.

 

HARVEST CFO COMPLETES RECENT PE PORTFOLIO COMPANY PLACEMENTS

February 2020  –  Harvest CFO continues to build its relationships with private equity (PE) firms that utilize our executive recruiting services for their critically important CFO role needs within their portfolio companies. Through our well defined business process and the work of our ‘subject matter experts’, we consistently deliver CFOs who are highly skilled accounting and finance professionals who are also highly skilled and experienced working as value-add operationally focused business partners; have provided leadership as to systems and process improvements and implementations; have deep M&A experience; are great relationship builders; and are proven successful business partners with their executive teams and PE firms. As a baseline requirement, our candidates must have prior successful PE portfolio company experience or similar to be considered for our roles.

Harvest CFO has recently completed several PE portfolio company placements including:

  • CFO for PE-backed $400MM revenue national facility services company, Fort Worth, TX
  • CFO for PE-backed $250MM revenue integrated specialty food producer, Des Moines, IA
  • CFO for PE-backed $150MM revenue oilfield services company, Houston, TX
  • CFO for PE-backed $30MM revenue motorsport enthusiast aftermarket company, Las Vegas, NV
  • CFO for PE-backed $80MM revenue consumer credit services company, San Diego, CA
  • VP of Finance for PE-backed $65MM revenue Fintech company, San Jose, CA

Don Hillier, CEO states “The Harvest CFO recruiting process is not transactional. Instead we emphasize relationship building through a partnering approach that delivers high value to our clients. Our searches are led by our Directors who are ‘subject matter experts’ with deep career experience as CFOs in PE portfolio, multinational and middle market companies and therefore fully appreciate the importance of and the skillset needed for success in the CFO role. Our non-traditional economic model creates real partnership with our PE firm clients, their portfolio company executive teams and our candidates. With our sole focus of PE portfolio CFOs, we have created a highly efficient search process that combines speed of delivery and highest value results”.

Harvest CFO provides executive search for permanent placement as well as contracted financial leaders for interim roles. Please visit our website at www.harvestcfo.com to learn more about how Harvest CFO delivers the right financial leaders to Private Equity portfolio companies across the US. For more about Harvest CFO, contact Don Hillier, CEO at 216-609-3033 or email dhillier@harvestcfo.com.

HARVEST CFO COMPLETES RECENT PE PORTFOLIO COMPANY PLACEMENTS

December 2019  –  Harvest CFO continues to build its relationships with private equity (PE) firms that utilize our executive recruiting services for their critically important CFO role needs within their portfolio companies. Through our well defined business process and the work of our ‘subject matter experts’, we consistently deliver CFOs who are highly skilled accounting and finance professionals who are also highly skilled and experienced working as value-add operationally focused business partners; have provided leadership as to systems and process improvements and implementations; have deep M&A experience; are great relationship builders; and are proven successful business partners with their executive teams and PE firms. As a baseline requirement, our candidates must have prior successful PE portfolio company experience or similar to be considered for our roles.

Harvest CFO has recently completed several PE portfolio company placements including:

  • CFO for PE-backed $150MM revenue oilfield services company, Houston, TX
  • CFO for PE-backed $110MM revenue dental supply distributor, Chicago, IL
  • CFO for PE-backed $30MM revenue dermatology services organization, Tampa, FL
  • CFO for PE-backed $80MM revenue consumer credit services company, San Diego, CA
  • VP of Finance for PE-backed $60MM revenue global brand services company, FT Lauderdale, FL
  • VP of Finance for PE-backed $65MM revenue financial technology (Fintech) company, San Jose, CA

Don Hillier, CEO states “The Harvest CFO recruiting process is not transactional. Instead we emphasize relationship building through a partnering approach that delivers high value to our clients. Our searches are led by our Directors who are ‘subject matter experts’ with deep career experience as CFOs in PE portfolio, multinational and middle market companies and therefore fully appreciate the importance of and the skillset needed for success in the CFO role. Our non-traditional economic model creates real partnership with our PE firm clients, their portfolio company executive teams and our candidates. With our sole focus of PE portfolio CFOs, we have created a highly efficient search process that combines speed of delivery and highest value results”.

Harvest CFO provides executive search for permanent placement as well as contracted financial leaders for interim roles. Please visit our website at www.harvestcfo.com to learn more about how Harvest CFO delivers the right financial leaders to Private Equity portfolio companies across the US. For more about Harvest CFO, contact Don Hillier, CEO at 216-609-3033 or email dhillier@harvestcfo.com.

Harvest CFO completes several successful placements for PE portfolio and other companies

July 2016 – Harvest CFO has recently completed successful placements of financial leaders (CFO, VP of Finance and Controller) for several PE portfolio and other companies. For each of these companies, the financial leadership role is a critical tactical and strategic executive position working collaboratively with the company’s CEO/president, management team, PE firm and board to execute on the strategic plan of continued profitable growth.Don Hillier, CEO of Harvest CFO states “Successful financial leaders for PE portfolio and middle market companies are not just scorekeepers. They are the ‘A Players’ fully in the game with their sleeves rolled up, equally adept at tactical detailed financial management and being a partner in creating and guiding strategy. They are highly skilled at adding value across all operational aspects of the business. They provide leadership for critical system and process upgrades, are great relationship builders within the company and also with customers, suppliers, banks, CPA and law firms. They are true business partners with their CEOs, management teams and PE firm. The right financial leader improves the effectiveness of their CEOs and management teams to achieve the company’s vision for success. Harvest CFO works closely with the company’s decision makers to create the “Blueprint for Success” for their specific role. Our exhaustive research and sourcing activities create the right prospect pool and our rigorous due diligence identifies the best candidates from this pool. We consistently bring the ‘A Players’ to PE portfolio and middle market companies. Our non-traditional economic model completely aligns our sole goal of delivering the best financial leader with the goal of our clients.”

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Harvest CFO places CFO for ECKART America

May 2016 – Harvest CFO placed Tom Meola as the new CFO for ECKART America in Painesville, OH. ECKART America is a division of global ECKART GMBH headquartered in Germany, which is a subsidiary of ALTANA Group (ALTANA) also headquartered in Germany. ALTANA represents a global specialty chemical group and currently 43 operational companies and 47 application and research laboratories worldwide. ECKART America has a rich history that extends more than 40 years in the United States, and more than 140 years in Europe, is a leading international manufacturer of metallic pigments for the paints and coatings industry, the graphic arts industry, the plastics industry and the cosmetics industry. ECKART America manufactures at four facilities, two in Painesville and facilities in Louisville, KY and Schererville, IN. The company also has a sales office in Mexico. The company has a very positive culture of long term employees and doing things right, both socially and environmentally, and has as its core values – Appreciation, Openness, Empowerment to Act and Trust. Continue reading “Harvest CFO places CFO for ECKART America”

Harvest CFO completes several successful placements

Harvest CFO completes several successful placements

April 2016 – Harvest CFO has recently completed successful placements of financial leaders (CFO, VP of Finance and Controller) for several companies. For each of these companies, the financial leadership role is a critical tactical and strategic executive position working collaboratively with the company’s CEO/president, management team, PE firm and board to execute on the strategic plan of continued profitable growth. Continue reading “Harvest CFO completes several successful placements”

Harvest CFO completes several recent placements for Private Equity Owned Companies

February 2016 – Harvest CFO has completed several recent successful placements of financial leaders (CFOs, VPs of Finance and Controllers) for Private Equity (PE) owned companies. These placements have been for permanent and interim roles. For each of these companies, the CFO/financial leadership role is a critical tactical and strategic executive position working collaboratively with the company’s CEO/president, management team, PE firm and board to execute on the strategic plan. Continue reading “Harvest CFO completes several recent placements for Private Equity Owned Companies”

Harvest CFO completes several recent placements for Private Equity Owned Companies

November 2015 – Harvest CFO has completed several recent successful placements of financial leaders (CFOs, VPs of Finance and Controllers) for Private Equity (PE) owned companies. These placements have been for permanent and interim roles.  For each of these companies, the CFO/financial leadership role is a critical tactical and strategic executive position working collaboratively with the company’s CEO/president, management team, PE firm and board to execute on the strategic plan.

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Harvest CFO places CFO for Federal Metal Company

July 2015 – Harvest CFO placed Steve White as the CFO for Federal Metal Company in Cleveland, OH.   The Federal Metal Company is a leading supplier of brass and bronze ingot to the foundry industry throughout the world.  With a proud tradition of quality and customer focus spanning nearly 100 years, Federal Metal produces hundreds of tons of ingot every week.

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