Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spotlight: Larry Cooper

1.     What does a CFO do beyond being an accountant

You are first and foremost the business partner for the owner/manager or the Executive team of your business. You are known for your business prowess and ability to focus the Management on the facts while also having a creative side to be open to the potentials for any business opportunity. You know when to advise on caution vs what seems like a a wise risk.

You are constantly overseeing the business and pointing out areas for opportunity to grow or improve.

You are the glue that keeps everything running smoothly because next to the President you are the executive with the best level of knowledge of all the business activities. Accordingly, being the executive that typically minds the store while the President, Sales Executives and Marketing Executives are out meeting customers/suppliers and exploring business opportunities you are the one who makes sure all aspects of the operation are running smoothly. Of course you also meet customers, suppliers to bring the financial mindset to the business opportunities.

2.     How do you do networking different

You can start a networking group. You can do networking different than most, “what can I do for the other person “ instead of “what’s in it for me”. Most important lesson I have learned about networking is to always look to help out someone else and “what goes around, comes around.”

Larry Cooper,  CPA, CA
Your out of the Box CFO

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