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Financing Strategies for Success by The New Jersey CFO Leadership Council

Financing Strategies for Success hosted by: The New Jersey CFO Leadership Council Wednesday January 29, 2020 7:30AM-9:30AM

When: January 29, 2020
Where: The Offices of KPMG
51 John F Kennedy Parkway
5th Floor
Short Hills, New Jersey  07078
United States
Contact: Gina Reilly
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Program description


CFOs are frequently faced with the challenge of determining what their organization’s finance strategy should be. The objective of an organization’s finance strategy is to determine the appropriate capital and balance sheet structure and liquidity needed to enable the organization to pursue its strategy and weather any cash flow shortfalls. Frequently, some organizations move to strategy execution before properly aligning the finance strategy to the overall business strategy. This can hinder strategy execution or place the organization at a significant risk. Developing a viable finance strategy is a strategically critical role of the CFO.

Join us for ‘Financing Strategies for Success,’ where you will engage with a panel of CFOs and other advisors who will share perspectives that CFOs can apply to develop a successful finance strategy.  

Learning Objectives

·       The importance of a finance strategy, and the value it creates for an organization

·       The key elements of a finance strategy, and how often to revisit it

·       Common approaches to developing a finance strategy, including key stakeholders that should be involved

·       The risks and trade-offs to consider when developing a finance strategy

·       Best practices to manage excess cash

·       Best practices to manage expectations of your bankers and shareholders







Ashley Sarokhan- Senior Vice President, Capital One Bank-  Moderator

Ashley Sarokhan is a Senior Vice President within Capital One Bank. In this role, Ashley partners with middle market companies across industries, corporate profiles, and capital structures to advise on financing transactions, as well as foreign exchange and interest rate hedging, and merchant and cash management services. 

She focuses on New Markets Tax Credit financing/investing, ESOP transactions, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation. 

Ashley has a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.  


Anika O’Connell- Vice President, Treasury Management Consultant, Capital One Bank- Speaker

Anika O’Connell is the Treasury Management Consultant for Greater New York and New Jersey for the Regional Commercial Banking team within Capital One.  She is an experienced Treasury Management Consultant with demonstrated history of working in the banking industry for the past 10 years.

Anika has experience in Commercial Banking as well as Middle Market Banking. Before joining Capital One in June 2018, Anika was a Treasury Management Consultant at Bank of America in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to that she spent 7 years in various treasury roles at PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Anika received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and Masters of Business Administration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Anika resides in Jersey City, New Jersey with her husband. Recently married, Anika and her husband enjoy traveling together and trying the latest restaurants in New York City.


Andrew Hay- Director, Risk Advisory, KPMG- Speaker

Andrew leads KPMG Corporate Treasury Services team Andrew offers 30+ years of professional experience helping multinational midsized privately-held and publicly-held companies transform and improve their treasury operations.  His has diverse experience across food services, manufacturing, high-tech, entertainment and industrial corporations. He is a creative problem solver who uses a disciplined approach to identify and develop solutions which have helped organizations achieve strategic business objectives.

His has a deep understanding of global treasury issues having held senior positions which have included corporate treasurer and group treasurer for Latin American and European operations.  In these roles, he was responsible for evaluating business operating cash flows and processes, banking structures and relationships, financing solutions and developing repatriation strategies.  He has been involved in the issuance of over $20 billion of corporate debt for operational or transactions.  He specializes in assisting companies identify risks and opportunities in operational treasury - cash processes, liquidity forecasting, governance and enterprise risk.   


Dianne Aronica- CFO, Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods

Dianne Aronica is a CPA and senior financial executive with over 25 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry. She has extensive experience in companies with revenues ranging from $50 million to $150 million with concentration in food and beverage and other consumer products, in both manufacturing and distribution. Dianne works closely with management teams to implement change and create overall improvements to the bottom line.

In November 2014, Dianne joined Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods as CFO and is responsible for finance, accounting, legal, HR and IT functions of the business. Prior to Dr. Praeger's, she was CFO at MZ Wallace, a leading global handbag and accessory company sold in select major department stores, company retail stores and e-commerce. Before joining MZ Wallace, Dianne was CFO/COO for Gaspari Nutrition, a global fitness leader specializing in sports nutrition products sold in 100 countries. Day to day responsibilities included overseeing all finance, accounting, legal, HR, supply chain, warehousing and overall operational functions of the business. 

Dianne’s earlier experience includes running a 250 restaurant franchise system, and various commercial real estate properties and a $100 million apparel company with distribution to all major department store chains. Dianne began her career with KPMG’s Middle Market Practice, which included eight years in the audit department auditing a variety of clients from apparel to entertainment, various transactions including IPOs and mergers and acquisitions, until leaving at senior audit manager level.
Dianne is a proud Pace University Graduate, Summa Cum Laude and CPA, as well as Finalist for 2019 NJ Biz CFO of the Year – Growth Companies.


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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 for $60.


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 Gina Reilly, Communications Manager, New Jersey Chapter at 

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please email Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information


 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8  Credits in
 Experience Level: Basic

 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

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