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Kent Brown

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Email: kent.f.brown@gmail.com Phone: (213) 259-7143

Managerial Finance /Team Building/ Strategic Planning/ Financial Reporting


Budgets and Internal Controls
Treasury Management
Tax Compliance

Vendor Management
Contracts and Legal
Human Resource Compliance

Background: Big 4 Auditor, Structured Finance, Mid-Market CFO


Degrees: BA, University of California Los Angeles 1996
PROFESSIONAL EXPEREINCE:

Hardesty LLC, Manhattan Beach, CA

(2014 - present)

Partner

Assisted management of a mid-market aerospace supplier undergoing sale to a private


equity fund in completing 3 years of audited financial statements. Modeled associated
DOD compliant overhead cost recovery proposals.
Assisted management of an international mid-market vegetable seed and transplant
grower by preparing monthly KPI and reporting packages during an unexpected
controller transition.

Kirschenman Enterprises Inc., Edison, CA

(2011-2013)

Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for financial and management reporting, tax compliance, collections, back
office vendor management, and finance staff development for a $100 million in annual
sales grower, packer, and shipper of fresh produce.
Reduced primary cold storage electrical costs 30% by managing a 500kw solar power
plant construction and financing project.
Lead several IT vendor transition strategies which cut costs by 20% and enabled next
generation IT infrastructure compatibility with existing supply chain partners.
Managed redesign of Corporate Logo and Consumer Packaging Line

Advertising Consultants Inc., Long Beach, CA

(2005-2011)

Chief Financial Officer

Modeled and helped develop the companys first five-year Strategic Plan which doubled
sales to $22,000,000 while eliminating overdependence on several large customer
concentrations. Transitioned the finance function from a cash basis recording focus, to
an independently reviewed GAAP reporting effort that was relied on for informing
business decisions.
Established budgets and other internal controls as operations expanded from one location,
to a dozen locations in five states. Resulting discipline enabled expansion to be financed
exclusively with retained earnings during a period of constrained credit markets.
Developed all associated pricing models and accompanied the CEO on strategic sales
presentations. EBIDA increased 50%.
Settled a potentially bankrupting $5 million workers compensation premium dispute for
$75,000. Cut healthcare and workers compensation costs by over 30% as a percentage of
payroll. Navigated the company through the bankruptcy of its two largest customers
without a material loss.
Built a team of 12 direct reports. Responsibilities included human resources, contract
and attorney management, governmental affairs, banking, and tax planning.

General Electric Capital, Anaheim, CA

(2004-2005)

Assistant Vice President

Worked in the Strategic Asset Finance Group managing the restructuring effort of
$500,000 to $10 million equipment loans and leases more than 90 days delinquent.
Negotiated with owners. Responsible for hiring and managing outside legal counsel, and
other workout professionals, with a $100,000 signing authority.
Submitted credit reviews and business plan write-ups to senior managements investment
committee on recommended loss mitigation strategies including liquidation, loan
modification, and management restructuring. Recorded $15 million in loss avoidance
during two year tenure.

Boeing Capital Corporation, Long Beach, CA

(1999-2004)

Senior Pricing Analyst

Supported Boeing salesmen by structuring lease and loan transactions for commercial
aircraft, satellites, and oceangoing vessels. Responsible for modeling mezzanine debt

profiles and other financing arrangements, and then presenting the forecasted impact on
the companys profitability and risk management policies.
Upon the recommendation of the due diligence team leader I was temporarily assigned to,
was one of only four professionals from a workforce of over a hundred that General
Electric retained after purchasing Boeing Capitals Long Beach division.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Los Angeles, CA

(1996-1999)

Senior Accountant

Audited and prepared financial statements for a wide variety of public and private
companies including Toyota Motor Credit Corporation, Shapell Homes and numerous
mid-market manufacturing entities in Southern California.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
United States Marine Corps Company B 14th Marines, Marine of the Year 1991

Professional References Available Upon Request