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When you meet our team of CFOs at CFO Simplified, you’re talking with executives that have over 100 years of experience. These CFOs have worked with manufacturing and service companies, family owned businesses and non-profits. Their skills and background have prepared them to be the broadly experienced executives that can take your company to the next level.

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Larry Chester
Founder and President

Larry has served as a CFO for 25 years for companies including Colovos Company, Republic Windows and Doors, United Service Companies, and High Sierra Sport Company, helping them eliminate losses and improving financial operations and reporting.

Realizing that he enjoyed the challenges of helping companies that were working their way through a crisis, he joined a bankruptcy trustee for several years, analyzing the financial condition of client companies, and managing them through those difficult times. Soon after that, he struck out on his own, forming CFO Simplified’s team of CFOs.  Since forming CFO Simplified, Larry has been involved in Business Turnaround, and Mergers and Acquisitions, in addition to Financial and Operations Management for his clients.

Larry is an intuitive businessman, able to grasp complex situations, driving to the heart of the matter, while helping to develop creative solutions to problems. His greatest pleasure comes from working with an owner to help his company develop tighter internal controls and greater profitability. In doing so, they work together, guiding the company to smoother operations and a stronger financial position.

Larry lives in Wheeling, IL, where he holds court for his three daughters and 7 grandchildren.

Education:

  • BA – University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MBA – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Villanova University – Six Sigma Training
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Don Frueh

Don has worked as CFO in mid-sized manufacturing firms and Corporate Controller in billion dollar multi-nationals including Case, Hendrickson and James Hardie. As a member of this team of CFOs, he brings broad experience in analysis and internal controls to his clients.

Don’s work establishing costing and control systems led to numerous benefits for mid-sized firms. He can lead analysis of product and channel profitability, cost and variance in manufacturing, advising on development of ERP and reporting systems. Don also has experience with M&A due diligence and integration and has directed control over foreign entities and forex exposure.

Don lives in Willowbrook with his wife and son.

Education:

  • University of Iowa – BBA in Accounting and Finance
  • Northwestern University – MBA in Management and Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant
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Dave Brittsan

Dave’s background includes over 30 years of financial, operational and leadership experience in growth, transition and turnaround environments. He has been a CFO, COO and CEO in companies with sales from $12 – $60 million. He also served as Controller for a company that grew from $40 – $100 million in sales over 4 years. As a member of this team of CFOs, Dave is industry agnostic, working with integrity and a strong customer-focus in both Manufacturing and Service environments.

Dave led 4 successful turnarounds in 4 different industries, including the successful exit of a Private Aviation Company that he led as CEO for 10 years.

Dave lives in Glenview, IL with his wife. Their son, daughter and 3 grandchildren are merely minutes away.

Education:

  • BBA – Cleveland State University
  • Certified Public Accountant
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Ed Ogorzaly

Ed is an executive with 30 years of experience leading management and strategic planning resulting in M&A deal completions and subsequent “hands on” integration. His passion and deep experience in managing M&A transactions includes 5 deal completions in 7 years as President of a multi-channel Retail CPG manufacturer-distributor providing $104 million in new retail revenue.

Other leadership positions included CEO and CFO positions in Private Equity, Private and Public companies. One such $1 billion company grew 200% during his 5 year tenure as VP Finance N. America and Worldwide Corporate M&A.

Ed is active in various community and charity organizations and resides in Lincolnshire, IL with his wife and four children.

Education:

  • BSc Accounting – Canisius College
  • Certified Public Accountant
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Charlie Pullin

Charlie has more than 30 years of experience as a CFO and business owner in industries as diverse as manufacturing, service, education and non-profit.  He has completed over $250 million of capital transactions and over $100 million in M&A transactions for businesses ranging in size from $1 million to $300 million.

Charlie’s specialty is designing efficient financial and operational processes that give lasting benefits.  He has been CFO of companies with operations in countries such as Brazil, France, and Mongolia, and is fluent in Portuguese.

Charlie lives in Vernon Hills with his wife and two daughters and serves as a high school and club soccer referee.

Education:

  • Case Western Reserve University – BS and MBA
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant
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Jim Chiampas

As a member of this team of CFOs, Jim’s background in finance, technology and operations covering a broad range of disciplines, including experience in the public, academic and private sectors is invaluable.

Jim began his career in software and product development at Motorola. At KPMG, he evaluated financial and information systems. When Jim became Chief Financial Officer of the Chicago Park District, he directed the turnaround of the organization’s $390M operating budget. The University of Chicago recruited Jim as its Director of Administration for the newly formed Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.

Jim lives in Chicago where he spends the weekends with his two favorite hobbies, Bytes and Sawdust.

Education:

  • BS EE – Electrical and Computer Engineering – Illinois Institute of Technology
  • MBA – University of Chicago
  • MS – Computer Engineering – National Technological University
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Kevin Harris

Kevin is a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor and member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.   His diverse educational background and accounting services experience benefit small businesses in all industries.  Prior to founding QuickSolvers, Kevin spent two years as a Financial Analyst at a northwest suburban Chicago manufacturing company, and then served as the CFO for a residential homebuilder and general contractor in Chicago.  Kevin’s diverse educational background and accounting services experience benefit small businesses in all industries.

Kevin lives in Deerfield with his wife, three sons and their dog. He has also run three marathons and is an avid, though mediocre, fantasy football player.

Education:

  • BA – University of Illinois
  • MA – DePaul University
  • MBA – University of Chicago
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Alexandra Zaporozec

Alexandra has spent over 20 years in strategic marketing and management consulting, across multiple industries in both B2B and B2C companies.  This has culminated in her work as a retained recruiter who addresses a key gap in the executive search marketplace today. Building great teams is something that she views as her core competency, and something every organization needs in order to succeed.  Alexandra has been so successful in developing that unique partnership with our clients, that we are able to guarantee every role we fill . . . for the life of that role.

Alexandra emigrated from Czechoslovakia as a child and treasures her US passport as a symbol of freedom.

Education:

  • BS – University of Wisconsin
  • MBA – Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania