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CFOs as Growth Agents presented by The San Francisco CFO Leadership Council Chapter

When: May 22, 2019
8am - 9:45am
Where: KPMG
55 2nd Street
11th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94105
United States
Contact: Yuliya Popova

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No matter your company type or size, enabling innovation can be difficult if your culture isn’t supportive of new ideas. For example, getting new products or services off the ground can be tough if employees are consumed by existing business requirements. Pursuing acquisitions and integrating new companies brings new risks into the picture. All of these roadblocks grinds your innovation to a halt, leaving you in the dust of your competitors.

Join us for "CFOs as Growth Agents: Advancing the Success of Your Business" where our panel of experts will discuss how new and established companies are breaking ground and implementing creative strategies to create and launch new products and services that can grow the top line.



  • How to enable innovation in an existing culture
  • Best practices for incubating new ideas
  • How to overcome corporate inertia when developing and launching new growth plans
  • Winning approaches for launching new products & services
  • The trade-offs between build, buy or partner strategies



Instructional method: Group-Live
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 Credits in the Field of Management Services
Experience Level: Basic
Prerequisites/advance preparation: None



Angelo Hatzistratis, Practice Director, Randstad Professionals

Angelo brings with him over twelve years of progressive experience in sales and recruiting management with Randstad Professionals, providing staffing solutions to accounts in the technology, biotechnology, internet, consumer goods, clean technology, semi-conductor, architectural / engineering, medical, financial services, real estate, venture capital, manufacturing, and various other industries. He has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start up growth organizations. Angelo has achieved multiple Presidents Club Honors (10X) and has been a top performer nationally for his firm. He is relationship driven, building strong lasting relationships with both candidates and clients and utilizing that network to maximize his candidate pool and referral network. Additionally, he utilizes technology in innovative ways to get the highest visibility into the candidates market and attract both passive and active seekers. Angelo graduated with honors from San Francisco State University, majoring in Business Management.


Eric Mersch, Partner, FLG

Eric Mersch joined FLG in 2018, bringing nearly 20 years of executive finance experience, including twice serving in public company Chief Financial Officer roles.  Eric has served as a senior advisor and interim CFO to venture-backed SaaS companies, specializing in Strategic Planning, Equity & Debt Fundraising, FP&A/Business Intelligence, and Accounting & Control. His public company CFO roles were at ZipRealty (NASDAQ: ZIPR), a real-estate technology provider and VitalStream (NASDAQ: VSTH), a Content Distribution Network (CDN) company. Eric holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also completed the Nuclear Power Engineering School at the US Navy’s elite Nuclear Program.


Sarah Spoja, CFO, Tipalti

A veteran of the financial industry, Sarah is the CFO of Tipalti. Prior to Tipalti, Sarah was at KKR Capstone where she worked with portfolio companies in the Financial Services and Retail Sectors, including First Data Corporation and Academy Sports + Outdoors. During her 4 years at First Data Corporation, Sarah was pivotal in the acquisition of Clover Network Inc., a mobile POS merchant processing solution, and helping to scale the start-up and commercialize the product through First Data’s major bank of relationships in the US. Before joining KKR, Sarah worked at Bain & Company in Boston and Sydney. She holds a B.A. from Williams College in both Mathematics and Economics and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Moderator: Rob Israch, CMO, Tipalti

Rob Israch has run Marketing and Alliances for Tipalti for over 4 years. Prior to Tipalti, Rob served as VP, Global Marketing Programs at NetSuite, a leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, helping to guide the company through 10X+ revenue growth, from private company through IPO to cloud ERP market leader. Previously, Rob held management roles at Intuit QuickBooks and GE Financial.


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