Meet Our Team
ProCFO Partners are expert financial officers, networked across industries, verticals, specializations and situations. While each of us brings a unique perspective to your financial picture, our innovative and exclusive FGC Financial Flywheel™ ensures a consistent approach that puts your financial functions in context, helping you create sustainable success.
Haleh Fardi’s passion is helping business owners and executives achieve their goals. Aligned with her personal purpose to contribute and create, she has developed the FGC Financial Flywheel™ with her partner Nelson Tepfer. The FGC Financial Flywheel™ is a comprehensive system that, when implemented in an organization, provides a framework for financial management and growth. This approach enables leaders to make better informed decisions, evaluate their business strategies and engage their team.
Haleh has held roles as a CFO, COO and President. She has completed numerous mergers and acquisitions, business divestitures, debt financing and exit transactions. Haleh has broad industry experience including Technology, Manufacturing, Retail, Marketing and Financial Services. She is an effective leader and developer of high-performing teams.
Haleh is committed to empowering and mentoring women in business, was an Executive Board member at CHILD International and a pro bono consultant at Taproot Foundation. Haleh recently completed the Oxford University Said Business School Executive Leadership Program and holds a B.A in Economics from CSULB.
Nelson has spent his entire career helping companies. Helping them grow. Helping them scale. Helping them thrive. Helping them overcome their challenges on their path to success. His capability for transformational contribution is the heart of his abilities as a financial officer.
Having held leadership roles across organizations large and small, Nelson’s experience spans nearly a dozen industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing, logistics to transportation, real estate to digital marketing, legal and other professional services. Nelson served in the roles of the CFO, interim CFO, COO, and consultant; working with companies of all sizes to achieve their strategic, financial, and operational goals. He earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance, Financial Instruments and Markets, and Accounting from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
This experience has culminated in the creation of ProCFO Partners, where the founding principles inform every decision. Every company deserves an expert CFO to guide them along their way and every expert CFO deserves a platform to practice in a way that is meaningful to them.
Pat currently serves as Principal, ProCFO Partners, providing strategic business transition and financial growth services to help businesses and their owners reach their professional and personal goals. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Business Transition Expert. He earned his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
Pat is a Business Executive with over 30 years of diversified experience ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 entities. His background is rich and includes experience in organizational turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, business reorganizations and reengineering, raising millions of dollars in seed capital, R&D partnerships, joint venture efforts, manufacturing and distribution partnerships, corporate sales, due diligence, international business operations, and more. He also has vast experience in P&L management, product development, business development, corporate finance, and marketing. During his career so far, Pat has been a catalyst for generating over $500 million in revenue and $200 million in cost savings for his employers and clients.
His most recent prior experience includes joining B2BCFO as a Partner and forming PCA Corporate Strategies, serving as a C-level consultant to identify and develop new venture business opportunities. In this capacity, he served as COO/CFO and Director of Millisecond Technologies Corp., where he developed and commercialized new pasteurization technology.
He spent much of his career as an entrepreneur serving as President/CEO/CFO of several manufacturing, distribution and R&D companies.
Pat’s Fortune 100 experience includes: Director of New Business Development for the Advertising Solutions Group of Harris Corp., CEO/CFO of Electronique and Milk-Made, Inc., Vice President and Director of Strategic Marketing Planning for the US Consumer Banking Group at Citicorp, Director and Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at RCA Records and Paramount Pictures, respectively.
Dan has more than 25 years’ experience in financial reporting and operations along with being a key participant in strategic planning and financial modeling. Throughout his career, Dan has analyzed, negotiated, and executed complex business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, and arranged the debt and equity financial instruments associated with those transactions. Dan’s expertise includes designing, monitoring, and revising key corporate and employee performance objectives.
Dan has served as the CFO of two publicly traded companies as well as the CFO of an entity owned by a highly regarded private equity group. In addition to his business expertise, Dan has highly developed leadership and motivational skills and a collaborative working style. Dan obtained his CPA while working for Deloitte Touche in its emerging business department.
Dan’s areas of expertise include; financial reporting, both public and private, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, strategic planning, 10K, 10Q and registration statements.
Dan’s industry specializations include; manufacturing, high technology, financial services, retail, SaaS, medical practices and distribution.
Aisha is a strategic and results-oriented financial and operational leader with 15 years of experience in financial executive roles. She is highly skilled in financial planning and analysis, forecasting, budgeting, cash flow implementation and key performance indicators. Leveraging her strong finance experience to help clients achieve business goals, maximize value for stakeholders, and providing support for internal processes that enables financial objectives.
Prior to joining ProCFO Partners, Aisha worked in the corporate accounting team for The Blackstone Group where she was involved in all aspects of GAAP financial reporting for its private equity funds as well as the Real Estate Advisor funds with over $100 Billion assets under management. Aisha played a key role in workflow improvement via systems implementation for the general partner reporting and consolidation process. She was also involved in determining and filing the firm’s initial public offering. Prior to Blackstone, Aisha was a Vice President at State Street where she worked extensively to determine the financial goals of their clients while also providing expertise on several compliance relating matters.
Aisha received a BS in accounting from Queens College of NY and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Howard Brover is a senior finance executive with hands on CFO experience who has successfully led acquisition integrations and improved processes and controls.
Howard most recently was CFO at a $16 million multi-regional nonprofit organization, where he oversaw Finance and Technology. He improved the organization’s budgeting and cash forecasting, developed a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) framework for the Board of Directors and updated the governing documents including bylaws, investment policy and audit committee charter.
He previously held leadership roles at global Education and Publishing company in a global finance transformation, two acquisition integrations, and its initial Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Compliance program. He worked for 10 years as divisional CFO for a $70 million direct marketing driven publishing division where he was responsible for budgeting, planning, and reporting and led numerous continuous improvement initiatives.
Howard received an MBA from University of Michigan, and a BS from State University of New York at Albany with a double major in Business Administration and Economics.
John Chaple is a global Finance executive, providing value-added support to businesses for over 30 years.
Most recently, John has served as part-time CFO for small to mid-sized privately held companies, principally in the CPG-space, including Richardson Brands Company, a confectionery manufacturer. John has also served as full-time SVP & CFO for Alex Brands, a middle-market, PE backed toy company.
Previously with Colgate-Palmolive, career assignments included 13 years as head of Finance at overseas operating units, leading all aspects of Finance / Accounting and Administrative operations, and 10 years in critical Corporate leadership roles, partnering closely across Commercial, Supply Chain and IT functions, to optimize people, process and technology.
A credible business partner, John’s areas of expertise include Commercial Business support (Pricing and Profitability across Customer & Product Dimensions), Supply Chain controlling (Manufacturing / Cost Accounting), Operations Planning / S&OP, as well as resulting Financial Planning & Analysis, providing insights that lead to action.
John earned his BS in Accounting from Babson College, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Michael Durney is the former President and CEO and board member of DHI Group (NYSE: DHX), a global online recruiting firm, where he led the company through a diversification of offerings, a rebranding and subsequent reorganization. Prior to his role as CEO of DHI, he served as CFO and EVP, Industry Brands Group at DHI and its predecessors, during which he led the company through a financial restructuring, sale of the business, acquisitions and a public offering. Prior to DHI, he held various senior finance roles, including Vice President & Controller at USA Networks, Inc. (now IAC/InterActiveCorp), CFO at Newport Media and Hallmark Entertainment, and Controller of Univision Television Group. Mr. Durney began his career in public accounting at Arthur Young & Co. (now EY).
Since March 2020, Mr. Durney has served as the Interim CFO of New York Public Radio.
Mr. Durney is Chair of the Board of the Oswego College Foundation, Inc. and a member (past Chair) of the Advisory Board of the School of Business at SUNY – Oswego. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Backyard Players & Friends, an inclusive, arts-based community program serving a diverse group of individuals with all abilities. He holds a BS in Accounting from SUNY – Oswego and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State.
Jeffrey D. Franklin
Jeff is a senior business executive with over 40 years of broad leadership experience in both operational and financial management.
Jeff spent the last 22 years of his “corporate career” serving as the CFO/EVP of a company providing administrative, billing and accounting services to over 30 corporations in the ground transportation and real estate management sectors.
As a member of the senior management team, Jeff provided financial, systems and operational guidance as the company grew from approximately $50M of annual sales to $140M. In addition to building the financial reporting function, Jeff’s daily duties included the treasury and cash management functions, as well as management over the A/R, Credit, A/P, P/R, Accounting, HR, benefits, banking, insurance, risk and IT development areas.
Jeff has negotiated multi-million dollar credit facilities to provide for acquisition funding and working capital. He has also designed, developed and implemented a fully customized and integrated processing, billing and accounting system utilizing an ORACLE database, which in addition to allowing for enhanced monthly reporting capabilities, created processing efficiencies that significantly accelerated the billing and collection functions.
Jeff led the company’s M&A process, performing all valuation analysis and due diligence reviews, successfully closing 9 transactions, and created a new business line that generated over $30 million in annual revenues.
Prior experience includes 9 years as the COO/CFO of a $40M transportation service company, and earlier controllership positions in various companies.
Jeff has served as a director on the boards of two NYC Not for Profit corporations, and is currently an independent director at P&F Industries, a LI based publicly traded company (NASDQ: PFIN) – serving as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a Member of the Compensation Committee
Jeff received a BS in Accounting degree from Bentley University, is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in NYS, and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Stacey has over thirty years of professional experience with twenty of those being in a CFO role. She is a graduate of Wichita State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) with a broad range of industry experience.
Stacey thrives in rapid growth companies and never backs down from a challenge. She spent 19 years as CFO for one company that grew from $11 million to over $100 million in revenues.
Her areas of expertise include managing change in rapid growth environments, building high functioning accounting teams, debt financing and restructuring, M&A, financial planning and analysis, system implementations, reporting, and profit improvement.
If Stacey’s not working, you might find her hanging out near the lake with her husband, mother, or adult children.
Ms. Kalra is a serial COO & CFO for growing nonprofits & social enterprises in the US. She also has experience in Fortune 500 companies, working at Accenture & American Express. Throughout her career, she has focused on developing strategies to help organizations grow and creating systems & plans for efficient, effective operations while implementing policies & procedures to mitigate risk and enhance governance.
Currently, Ms. Kalra acts as an interim CFO for IRAP (International Refugee Assistance Project) & the Shorefront Y (SFY). She was also recently a change leadership consultant for the NFL and organizational design consultant for Global Outreach International. Before switching to freelancing, Ms. Kalra worked at the David Lynch Foundation as their CFO/CAO, growing the organization from $7.5M to $18M and Harlem RBI, helping to establish & start DREAM Charter School. She also lead the Museum for African Art’s $135M capital project during her tenure there as CFO.
Raji holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA from John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She holds her undergraduate degree from Columbia College, Columbia University. She is also a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional and sits on three nonprofit boards, serving as Treasurer on one and Chair at another.
Byron Kanaley, CPA MBA has over 30 years’ experience working with small and medium sized companies throughout the Chicago area. As a CFO, Byron has directed the finance and accounting efforts in the Retail, Technology, Professional Services, Distribution and Not for Profit sectors. Byron has a proven track record for building high performance teams and solving complex business problems. He is recognized as a financial manager who combines information technology, human resources, operational and administrative experience with financial expertise to reduce costs, increase margins, improve operational efficiencies and effectively manage growth.
Byron is a CPA, earned his BA degree from Colorado State University and graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame Executive MBA program in 2003.
Jim Lillis is a senior finance executive with more than 35 years of experience with technology, investment management and financial services companies experiencing rapid growth.
Jim’s most recent corporate experience was an 18-year career at BlackRock, the world’s largest investment management firm. He initially served as the Controller of BlackRock. At that time, BlackRock was an early stage growth company that was building out its infrastructure. As Controller, he developed and managed the team that upgraded and implemented the finance and accounting systems for this rapidly growing company. Subsequently, BlackRock went public and he was on the team that managed the IPO process. In the ensuing years, he was the CFO and Treasurer of a division of BlackRock and his responsibilities included
financial reporting and regulatory matters, including SEC filings, annual report and tax planning.
Jim’s areas of expertise include business modeling, forecasting, strategic planning, financial reporting, cash management, fund raising, borrowing relationships and contracts. He earned his BS in Accounting from Fordham University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
John approaches the financial function from a business perspective, based on his considerable experience and training, getting behind the numbers to delve into the business from day to day operations to longer term strategic planning. He has a strong background in the Finance, Treasury, and Banking disciplines with 25 years of CFO experience, in private and public companies in a variety of industries. As a member of the Senior Management Team, he has completed a dozen acquisitions and divestitures, taken a company public on the NYSE, and closed numerous bank financings including in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
As CFO (as well as Treasurer, Secretary, and member Board of Directors), John helped double sales to $130 million at a 70-year old privately held company through a combination of organic growth and acquisition, growing its footprint from primarily the Northeastern U.S. to 38 countries. In support of this growth, John completely revamped and mentored the Finance/Accounting, Legal, and HR teams, all of which reported to him.
Greater fiscal controls and labor monitoring were introduced in support of the company’s 1500 annual projects, ranging in size to $10 million. A formal annual profit planning discipline was implemented, new financial matrices and monthly reporting packages were introduced, and numerous incentive plans redrafted to better align with the company’s financial success and greater individual accountability.
Determining a company’s competitive advantage, how best to improve profitability, and realistically accessing future growth prospects and the cash to fund this growth are key elements of a puzzle to be solved utilizing financial data, industry information, and analysis. John has a BA in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA in Finance and General Management from Harvard Business School.
Thomas brings a unique combination of 30 years of experience in startup/hypergrowth (in excess of 100% three years in a row), large organization/hypergrowth (in excess of 100% five years in a row), and finance and accounting subject matter expertise that informs his service to our clients. He has a strong background in electronics and manufacturing, energy services, ecommerce and SAAS, and distribution entities; he specializes in achieving fully compliant and insightful reporting with strict overhead cost control. He has built the growth platform for five companies in five different industries and consulted on strategy and business process risk management with Andersen.
He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Managerial Accountant. He holds an MBA from the Gies School of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Setting the course for new entities or charting a new path forward for those that have come to a strategic fork in the road is Thomas’ passion. He can build or rebuild your back office to fully and effectively support your front office as it grows your top line. He is also significantly experienced in litigation and can offer both strategic and procedural guidance in support of your attorneys’ prosecution of your case.
Gerry is a seasoned financial and operational executive with a strong track record of driving growth and profitability of privately owned, mid-sized businesses.
He is passionate about ensuring that the Finance function is a valued partner to the business, providing senior leaders with data & analytics that drive informed business decisions
A background in medical devices, consumer goods, construction and defense manufacturing has provided expertise in process optimization, change management, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, project management and team building.
In multiple C-level roles with multi-channel distribution and e-commerce businesses he has led teams developing monthly business review reporting, multi-year strategic business roadmaps, standardized metrics and processes to drive accountability, facilitate strategic decision making and achieve financial results for the organization.
Gerry holds a BBA from Dowling College, a MBA in Finance from Adelphi University , and a JD from Touro Law Center. He is an admitted attorney in New York State, and a member of the NYSBA and SCBA.
Kathleen Reynolds is a finance executive with 20+ years of combined experience in financial services on Wall Street (at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs), and in advising start-ups and businesses as their outsourced/part-time CFO. Kathleen is a seasoned professional with an MBA from Columbia and extensive experience with all things financial: cash flow management, financing strategies, acquisition valuation and integration, financial reporting/forecasting/budgeting, KPI and performance assessment, new accounting systems testing and implementation, bank/vendor/regulatory relationship management and more. She is a veteran team leader in corporate finance, delivering results under tight deadlines, coordinating across globally diverse and remote team members, all while adhering to keen regulatory oversight. Kathleen is equally comfortable working in the details, as she is with providing strategic guidance and perspective as a business partner, and enjoys moving between the two. She finds the shared expertise framework of ProCFO Partners to be of high value to clients because often the best ideas arise from collaboration and collective experience. When Kathleen is not working with her clients, she volunteers with her school district’s Special Education Parent-Teacher Association (SEPTA), with her local parish, and is a charity swimmer for Swim Across America. Kathleen resides in Long Island, NY, where she and her great hubby raise three awesome boys.
Carlos Sava has more than 15 years of experience in accounting, financial, and investment roles. He is a founder, advisor, and strategic operator – working with companies across many sectors, including professional/business services, financial services, and IT.
His areas of expertise include strategic planning, financial reporting and forecasting, cash flow management, team development, and M&A. Working with sole-proprietors, family businesses, private equity firms, and publicly traded companies, Carlos understands how to manage stakeholders, determine and create value, and get deals done. By working internally, as an investor, and as an advisor, he understands key metrics, qualitative considerations, and valuation. Carlos takes a long-term approach to build sustainable value by focusing on business strategy, return on investment, and process development and efficiency.
He founded Clarendon Capital Management (investment management firm), Clarendon Search Partners (search fund), and was a founding member of an artificial intelligence investing service. Carlos began his career in investment banking, where he completed nearly $2 billion in capital raising and M&A transactions. Carlos earned his BBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and is a CFA charter holder.
Tom is a senior financial executive with over 30 years of experience across a wide range of industries and company sizes, with a focus on privately held, lower middle market firms in real estate/construction, professional services and technology with entrepreneurial vision. From his start in public accounting, Tom has been at the center of some the biggest events over the past 20 years, leading teams at firms in IT consulting during the chaos of Y2K, and managing over $1.0B in financing for a large national homebuilder during the rise and fall of real estate during the early part of this century. He has assisted start-ups raise money in Illinois and Silicon Valley, led financial restructurings, drove aggressive M&A strategies and has performed operational consulting with Fortune 500 organizations. Most recently, Tom was the CFO for NTP Wireless, a wireless site acquisition firm that was acquired by System One, the 21 st largest staffing firm in the US. As CFO for NTP Wireless, Tom helped restructure and refocus the firm and was actively involved in the sale to System One to further NTP’s vision. Tom graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Accounting and earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a licensed CPA (inactive) and a member of the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society.
Tony is a CFO with more than 25 years of experience supporting privately owned, mid-sized businesses in the manufacturing and service sectors. A collaborative yet compassionate financial leader who is equally as comfortable with numbers and people. Tony has been successful implementing practical solutions that further business objectives.
Most recently, Tony served as the chief financial officer for a $150m manufacturing group with diverse operations in the U.S. and Canada where he led all financial and administration functions across multiple business units. His wide range of experience includes acquisitions and integrations, establishing fiscal and operational performance measures, forecasting & modeling, cost reduction, cash and inventory management, system implementations, business planning, debt financing and restructuring.
Tony is a graduate of Siena College, a Certified Public Accountant, and the co-founder of charitable organization dedicated to supporting Leukemia research and causes. He enjoys golf, local restaurants, and his beloved New York Rangers.
Jeff Wheatley has more than 30 years of experience in senior financial and operational roles in global companies involved in consumer retail, specialty finance, and managed services. His areas of expertise include M&A, strategic and operational planning and analysis, business turnarounds, capital raising, cost reduction, profit improvement, and Board of Director reporting. Jeff has also had direct operational responsibility as both a President and Chief Operating Officer in consumer-facing industries. Working in publicly owned as well as Private Equity backed companies, Jeff has a demonstrated record of leading companies to success in both operational and financial roles. Jeff thrives in fast-growth, multi-channel consumer businesses where rapid change is part of the operating culture. Jeff started his career as an Audit Manager at KPMG and has worked with global companies including ARAMARK, DFG Global Corp, and Rent-A-Center. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Baker University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive.)
Joan de la Prida
Joan is a principal at ProCFO Partners, working closely with owners and managers of privately held businesses in need of portfolio CFO services. Joan has over 30-plus years of experience advising Fortune 500, middle market, and start-up firms on matters relating to accounting, commercial lending, and mergers and acquisitions. Throughout her career, she has advised companies in a broad array of industries and verticals, including healthcare (emergency medicine, cardiology, house calls, medical spas, neurology, primary care, and urgent care), automotive, construction, real estate management and development, manufacturing, retail, and professional services.
Prior to joining ProCFO Partners, Joan was the CFO of Island Medical Management Holdings, L.L.C., where she was responsible for the stewardship of the Finance, Accounting, Billing, and M&A departments. Joan also helped run the day-to-day operations of the company throughout its history, overseeing Human Resources, Employee Benefits, Facilities, Legal, Marketing, and Risk Management. While at Island Medical, Joan was involved in budgeting and forecasting, board presentations, cash flow management, equity and debt funding, financial reporting and KPI’s, as well as, mergers & acquisitions, including due diligence and post – merger integration.
Joan helped propel the company from a small, New-York based emergency management group into a multi-state, healthcare enterprise. She helped scale platform revenues by 11 times during her tenure, completing six strategic, multi-state acquisitions that culminated in the successful sale of the company to a leading private equity group.
Joan was also a Vice President at predecessor banks of J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank of America. In these roles, Joan spent 10-plus years as a banker to publicly traded, sponsor-owned, and privately owned middle market companies across a wide variety of industries. She successfully managed over $50MM in client assets and gained vast experience originating, structuring, underwriting, and executing middle market transactions and credit facilities.
Joan began her career as an accountant at New York Life Insurance Company, where she gained valuable cost-accounting experience. She also worked at Dean Witter Reynolds in the Portfolio Accounting Department.
Joan earned her MBA in Finance from Fordham University Gabelli School of Business and her BS in Accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Joan is passionate about volunteering and has served as the North Eastern Team Lead for Relay for Life via the American Cancer Society. If Joan is not working, you might find her in a spin class, working in her garden or cooking with her husband, and adult children.