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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.  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.


  • University of Wisconsin – BA
  • University of Nebraska – MBA
  • Villanova University – Six Sigma Training
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Ellen Meadows

Ellen began her career as a CPA in public accounting, leading financial statement and internal control audits of small businesses and governmental units. As an auditor, Ellen became interested in how processes and procedures could improve a company’s operational and financial performance. After working at Phillip Morris, she joined Kraft Foods for 17 years in financial management in Manufacturing, Sales and various Business Units. Ellen is energized by helping clients optimize their business functions, including sustained profitability, as a goal on their road to ultimate business success.

Ellen is a life-long resident of Chicago, where she lives with her husband and two sons.


  • B.S. Accounting – Marquette University
  • Certified Public Accountant – certified 1994-1997
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
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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. 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.


  • University of Iowa – BBA in Accounting and Finance
  • Northwestern University – MBA in Management and Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant
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  Phone: 312-952-3265

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Jim Guerra

Jim’s experience comes from a broad range of executive financial activities including controllership, treasury, business process redesign and mergers & acquisitions.  He has worked in 22 different countries and served in an executive capacity in such diverse multi-national companies as Citicorp, AT&T and Exelon, where he served as a CFO in two divisions.

But he has most recently enjoyed his work in the middle market, where he has worked with start-ups and established companies, building financial teams, developing cash flow forecasts and restructuring general ledgers.

Jim holds citizenship in three different countries, but lives with his wife right here in Kenilworth.


  • University of Notre Dame – BA in Economics
  • Northwestern University – MBA in Accounting and Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chartered Global Management 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. 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.


  • Cleveland State University – BBA
  • Certified Public Accountant
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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.


  • 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.


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