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Changing the Playbook: What Detroit CFO’s are Planning Post COVID -19
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Changing the Playbook: What Detroit CFO’s are Planning Post COVID -19 hosted by: The Detroit CFO Leadership Council on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

When: Wednesday, April, 29, 2020
8:30-10:00 AM
United States
Contact: Debbie Lindner

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Program Description:

The pandemic has impacted all of us.  In Detroit, the market and buying economy has come to a halt.  What are you/ should you be considering in terms of restarting; how will  organizations get back to “normal”?

Join us on Wednesday April 29th for Changing the Playbook: What Detroit CFO’s are Planning Post COVID -19.

Come hear from your peers as well as our Sponsors, your local resources for answers regarding cash flow, technology, legal and employee issues as organizations plan for going back to work.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • SBA; PPP; Main Street lending
  • Furloughs; unemployment; workplace safety
  • When we come back, how do we come back; Restarting and keeping employees safe
  • How will organizations go back to work; who can come back
  • How organizations are planning to deal with it; what accommodations need to be made


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Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Lindner, Senior Marketing Director, Detroit Chapter at

CPE Information

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

About Our Speakers

Mark Blaufuss, Founder & Managing Director, Green & White Advisory, LLC

Mark Blaufuss is the Founder and Managing Director of Green & White Advisory, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions evaluation and overall organizational effectiveness.  Mr. Blaufuss also holds the position of Operating Executive for The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm with $223 billion of assets under management.

Mr. Blaufuss was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Metaldyne Performance Group (MPG) a $3B, publicly traded light vehicle supplier.  During his tenure, Mr. Blaufuss was instrumental in forming MPG through the merger of three $1B metal-forming businesses, refinancing the combined entity, executing its initial public offering in December 2014 and ultimately selling the company to American Axle & Manufacturing.

Prior to MPG, Mr. Blaufuss worked extensively with private equity owned manufacturing and distribution businesses, including serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Metaldyne, United Components, Inc. and Axletech International.  During his tenure, Mr. Blaufuss helped to guide all three businesses through periods of substantial revenue and earnings growth, culminating in the successful sale of each business.  

Mr. Blaufuss holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from Michigan State University.  He also serves as a board member and audit committee chair at UCI International and United Road Services.  He also serves on the finance committee of Ele’s Place and serves on the steering committee for the Detroit Chapter of the CFO Leadership Council.

Ranga Bodla, Vice President, Field Engagement and Marketing, NetSuite

Ranga has over 20 years of combined product management and marketing experience in the software technology industry. As the VP of Field and Industry GTM for NetSuite, Ranga Bodla is chartered with driving the overall strategy and go-to-market for success across all of NetSuite's industries including Wholesale Distribution, Manufacturing, Software, Services, Non-Profit, Advertising, Media and Publishing. 

Aaron Burrell, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Aaron Burrell is a business lawyer and member at Dickinson Wright, PLLC in Detroit, Michigan.  He focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, labor and employment law, appellate law, and minority business enterprises.  At Dickinson Wright, Aaron is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion and Litigation Training committees.

Aaron is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan, and Chair of its Representative Assembly.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and the Oakland County Bar Association; a past president of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association; a foundation fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Oakland County Bar Foundation; a past affiliate representative of the National Bar Association; and he previously co-chaired the State Bar of Michigan’s Equal Access Initiative. He has been named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers, and a member of the 2019 class of the Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40.” Mr. Burrell is the author of the Commercial Torts chapter of Torts: Michigan Law and Practice (ICLE 2016) and a contributor to “Employment Discrimination Law” (BNA, 2015).

Aaron earned his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, from the University of Michigan; his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School; and his Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.

John Falcon, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, ROSS Controls

John Falcon is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for ROSS Controls.  With over 17 years of progressive roles in the area of finance and accounting, John started his career in public accounting in December of 2002.  A licensed CPA, with a Bachelors in Accountancy and a Masters in Taxation from Walsh College, John left public accounting in December 2010 as a Tax Manager at Plante Moran to join the fluid power industry, specifically as the Director of Finance for ROSS Controls.  In late 2011 John was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer with direct domestic and international responsibility.  In addition to finance responsibilities, John is actively involved in the ROSS M&A team and currently serves as the Executive Lead for Automatic Valve Industrial, a division of ROSS Controls.  John has domestic and international experience in IT, M&A, deal structures, private company treasury and financing, margin improvement, and organizational leadership.

John is a Board Member of the Foundation Board of Directors for Walsh College.      

Trisha Henry, Division Director, Vaco

Trisha is a Division Director with Vaco, a $750M talent solutions firm where she leads the Accounting and Finance search practice for the Detroit office. Prior to Vaco, she spent time in accounting and has dual bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southern California. A Michigan transplant, she enjoys living in the mitten and spending time with her family and volunteering for the Junior League of Michigan in her spare time. She is proud to be a board member of the Detroit CFO Leadership Council. 

Matt Manosky, Tax Partner, BDO


Matt is a Tax Partner in the BDO Detroit Tax Practice. With over 14 years of experience, including 4 with the Big Four, Matt has assisted both private and public companies with various tax matters. His primary areas of focus are with complex, multi-national C-Corporations, in addition to private equity backed portfolio companies. Matt serves clients in many industries including private equity, manufacturing and distribution, technology, and retail.

As the lead point of contact for his clients, Matt is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day tax service delivery. His responsibilities include coordinating the timely completion of federal, state, and international annual tax compliance, preparing and reviewing ASC 740 income tax accounting computations, and managing federal and state income tax examinations.


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Certified Public Accountant, Illinois


Masters in Accounting, Walsh College

B.A., Accounting, Michigan State University

Shawn McGrath, Regional Account Manager, Adaptive Insights

Shawn McGrath is Adaptive Insights’ Regional Account Executive.  Based in Columbus (not a Buckeye), he works with companies across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.  He joined Adaptive in 2017 from BlackLine.  Adaptive Insights has been a Workday company, since 2018.

Rick Shounia, Chief Financial Officer, Austin Benefits Group

Rick Shounia has been the CFO of Austin Benefits Group since 2015. As the CFO at Austin Benefits group, his role on the executive leadership team includes leading the strategic vision and growth of the company as well as all day-to-day financial operations. This includes controllership, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and financial administrative duties. He also oversee IT functions and provide mentorship and guidance to employees in various departments within our company. He is a Certified Public Accountant by trade with a background in public accounting and entrepreneurship.

Rick is a proud graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree and Oakland University with a Master of Accounting degree. He loves spending time with his family and lives in Southeast Michigan. 

Brendan Sullivan, Tax Managing Director, BDO


Brendan has over twelve years of public accounting experience, advising a wide variety of public & private multinational and multistate companies. He has developed and helped implement various tax planning and consulting initiatives including meals & entertainment studies, tax accounting method changes, capital asset deduction analyses, and tax credit reviews. He has advised clients on the tax impacts of a variety of transactions including corporate mergers, spinoffs, and corporate acquisitions and restructurings.

Brendan has experience in many aspects of federal and state taxation, including income tax compliance, FIN 48 implementation and review, mergers and acquisitions, 382 studies, partnership allocation structures, multi-state tax planning, and international tax planning. Brendan is a regular speaker with regards to tax compliance and tax planning at BDO conferences and external events.


Brendan has worked extensively with clients in the manufacturing, distribution, and technology industries within BDO’s Core Tax Services practice.  Brendan provides tax compliance and consulting services to a wide variety of automotive, logistics, professional service and distribution companies.  


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Board Member for Accounting Aid Society


M.S.A., University of Michigan

B.B.A., University of Michigan

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