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The Los Angeles CFO Leadership Council Presents: The CFO Guide to Financing Strategy & Structuring
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Structuring Your Financial State

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
7:15AM to 9:30AM
Where: KPMG
550 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA  90071
United States
Contact: Debbie Dunn & Stacy Hall

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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 ‘The CFO Guide to Financing Strategy and Structuring,’ 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




Christopher J. Armstrong, Managing Director, KPMG LLP -  Chris has over 20 years of experience valuing business entities, securities and intangible assets for mergers and acquisitions, litigation, financial and tax reporting purposes. Chris has valued businesses for strategic, financing, transaction support, tax, litigation, and general corporate planning purposes; performed valuations for acquisition planning and negotiations as well as for binding arbitration between buyers and sellers; performed numerous business and intangible asset valuations of public and closely held corporations for financial reporting compliance purposes, including: business combinations (ASC 805), goodwill impairment testing (ASC 350), long-lived asset impairment testing (ASC 360), reorganizations (ASC 852), and stock compensation (ASC 718); performed valuations for an extremely wide variety of tax purposes.  Chris earned an MBA from the University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Riverside and. Chris serves as Deputy Chair of KPMG’s Valuation Services Technical Committee and is a member of The Appraisal Foundation’s Intangible Asset Working Group responsible for the Best Practices for Valuations in Financial Reporting: The Valuation of Customer-Related Assets.


Joshua Gross, Senior Vice President, Sr. Relationship Manager, Bank of America’s Global Commercial Bank - focusing on middle market companies. Joshua has spent over seven years with Bank of America’s middle market practice, managing complex credit needs for both public and private companies. Transaction experience includes, senior credit facilities to support capital expansion, M&A and leveraged buy-outs across multiple industries including agriculture, manufacturing, security services to name some. Joshua started his career with Union Bank in 2002 focusing on credit needs of private banking clients. Later in his time at Union Bank, Joshua focused on underwriting and portfolio management for Union Bank’s participation in syndicated loans for large corporate borrowers with multiple verticals including healthcare, consumer finance, waste management, industrial manufacturing and REITs.  Joshua earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from California State University Fullerton in 2003.


Britt Terrell, Managing Director of Backbone Capital Advisors - has 30 years of experience in the lower & middle market corporate finance industry. Backbone Capital is an arranger-advisor of traditional and non-traditional corporate debt and equity financing, concentrating on deal sizes of $5M to $40M for all types of lower middle market financing transactions, ranging from senior debt through control equity.  Britt has worked in many capacities on both the borrower and lender sides in the middle market financing arena, with a concentration on acquisitions and corporate debt restructuring.  In 2000, Britt joined the Wells Fargo Foothill Los Angeles headquarters to manage its Underwriting Department, representing approximately $1 billion in commitments. In 2002, Britt joined the private equity fund, The Gores Group to arrange and manage all acquisition debt financings and recapitalizations. During his nine year tenure at Gores, Britt led and closed approximately $2 billion in debt financings.  Britt is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).  He holds a BA Degree in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in Accounting.   Britt is a Registered Representative of a Broker Dealer licensed through FINRA.   

Paul Travis, CFO, Visual Data Media Services - is a results-oriented top executive with extensive experience in accounting and financial control, financial analysis and reporting, cost accounting, treasury, due diligence, risk management, strategic planning, information systems, procurement, divestitures and mergers as well as international accounting and finance.  Paul has been working progressively for over 20 years/10 years as a head of finance with companies in various industries including entertainment for Deluxe, consumer products for Disney, food & beverage for PepsiCo and Dole Food, distribution and more.  Paul has knowledge of distribution center, call center and Direct Store Delivery (DSD) operations, and experience in private, PE owned and large publicly traded companies that gives him a very unique and valuable strategic perspective.  Paul earned a MBA with a concentration in Finance from Michigan State University's Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy with a minor in Economics and General Business from Western Michigan University.   

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All CFO Leadership Council workshops are FREE for members. Non-member senior financial executives are welcome to attend this program for $65.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CFOLC EVENTS ARE EXCLUSIVE TO SENIOR FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES ONLY.  (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.)  Service providers, business development and sales executives are restricted from attending. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.



Instructional method: Group-Live

Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 in Finance

Experience Level: Basic

Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

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