As Harvest CFO’s founder and CEO, Don Hillier has more than 30 years’ experience as a successful and highly experienced CFO, CPA and entrepreneur. Through Harvest CFO, Don brings a very unique blend of his own insights as a highly skilled CFO and a seasoned entrepreneur. He combines these skills with business vision, a continuous focus on improvement and a passion to bring great people to great opportunities. Don leads the Harvest CFO team and works closely with each client on every engagement.
Don’s career includes management positions with KPMG and Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) and the founder and managing partner of a progressive CPA and business advisory firm that served CEOs of growth-oriented and middle market companies from 1989 through the sale of the business in 1999. From 2000 through 2003 Don served as the CFO and director of international operations for a Pittsburgh-based technology company where he also managed the company’s Brazilian subsidiary. From 2004 to early 2010, Don performed extensive consulting roles for middle market and international publicly traded companies for significant mergers and acquisitions as well as extended outsourced CFO and interim CFO roles for middle market and publicly traded companies.
Don founded Harvest CFO in 2010 with an initial vision of creating a firm of highly skilled consulting CFOs working with growth and middle market companies for sophisticated, special needs. The firm’s services evolved into providing interim CFOs, and through the quality of these placements evolved into executive search to deliver the right financial leaders for permanent placements for PE and middle market companies.
Don is a 30-year CPA (inactive) and also obtained his MBA in corporate finance and international business from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. where he graduated with high honors and received his BA in accounting from Kent State University. Don holds certification as a business valuation analyst and has been a guest speaker for various forums addressing business issues.
The Harvest CFO team consists of highly skilled, experienced executive recruiting professionals with a passion for the quality of our work and a passion for bringing the right financial leaders to PE portfolio and middle market companies. Our search teams are led by “subject matter experts” who have extensive career experience in Big 4 accounting, financial consulting industry and as CFOs in PE portfolio and middle market companies.