170: Developing Your M&A Mindset, Mark Biersmith, Aerial Investments

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Mark Biersmith has closed on transactions with some of the best and most renowned M&A players in the world. Join us as Mark recalls his original CFO aspirations and the singular career he forged to optimize M&A deals throughout the entire transaction's life cycle  i.e. from transactional desire through the first year post closing.
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169: CFO to CFO: Own Your Growth Model, Portia Kersten, CFO, Skout

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What role should the CFO play in architecting a firm's business model? Join us as Portia Kersten, CFO of Skout, the largest global platform for meeting new people, reveals her CFO mind-set and the steps she has taken to maximize Skout's growth potential. ¤
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168: A Start-up Tale of Finance, Family, and Restoration, Rob Bohorad, CFO, Yuengling's Ice Cream

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  What is the most promising business idea that you have failed to act on? Or have there been so many that it's difficult to single out just one? Join us when CFO Rob Bohorad recalls the idea that just wouldn't stay put and led him to the door of David Yuengling — a member…
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167: SG&A and the Cloud, Vince Burchianti, CFO, Firehouse Subs

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What role should finance play when it comes to technology adoption? Join us as Vince reveals his CFO mind-set and the strategies that allowed Firehouse Subs to trim its SG&A as it empowered its franchisees. ¤
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Your Budgeting Blues: Rethinking "The McKinsey Way"

When it comes to the history of budgeting, America’s appetite for hot dogs is as good a place as any to reveal how the notorious business process became so deeply rooted in business enterprises. It seems that the revelry of 1920s triggered an unforeseen uptick in the sale of wieners, and the folks at Armour…

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166: ASK ETHAN: Unlocking Value With CPM

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Is your corporate performance management (CPM) initiative succeeding? Join us as Ethan Carlson, CEO of Carlson Management Consulting, tackles our questions concerning CPM strategies and the best practices organizations are adopting to advance their performance goals. ¤ Sponsor BlackLine  Does your finance department remain bogged down in the trenches using spreadsheets to accomplish complex accounting…
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165: Sewing the Seeds of Mobile Disruption, Prakash Ramachandran, CFO, Polyera

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Imagine being able to fold your tablet computer several times, allowing it to slide easily into your jacket pocket. Welcome to the age of flexible transistor technology, where CFO Prakash Ramachandran oversees the finance function for Polyera — one of mobile computing's most ambitious disrupters. ¤
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164: Broadening Your Leadership Track, Mike Lorenz, President, Ephesus Lighting

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The leadership path for finance leaders doesn't always end inside the CFO office. Join us when Mike Lorenz, president, Ephesus Lighting, reflects on his CPA roots and the steps he took to broaden his leadership trajectory inside the C-suite. ¤ Sponsor BlackLine Does your finance department remain bogged down in the trenches using spreadsheets to…
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163: The Human Side of the Enterprise, Ralph Bender, CFO, Manship Media

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How does a media firm widely known for its newspaper journalism exit the business? Join us as Ralph revisits the difficult decisions that led Manship to sell The Advocate — a much beloved community newspaper published by the Manship family–owned business for the past 104 years. ¤ Sponsor BlackLine Does your finance department remain bogged…
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162: Of One Mind When It Comes to Future Earnings, Royal Caribbean Sees Double, Jason Liberty, CFO

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How does a global cruise company with 40 ships in service around the world adopt one mind-set when it comes to earnings performance and ROI? Join us as Jason Liberty, CFO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., explains the power of simple and concise goals that can be pursued not just by top managers, but by all hands…
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