Ovation – Chief Financial Officer


Ovation was founded in 1991 and has grown to serve corporations, associations, and organizations with complex large-scale events. Their excellence in delivery and client service make the organization extraordinarily strong.

Ovation listens and consults to develop an intimate understanding of their clients’ goals to create a unique and authentic outcome. Ovation offers a unique value proposition as they own a significant inventory of equipment and a variety of in-house services including production, content management, streaming, webcasting, set design/build and creative/content development.  Ovation designs and produces events ranging in format from annual meetings, sales meetings, investor relations conferences, user groups, to road shows and special events.

Specifically, Ovation offers clients:

  • Strategy (complete event content strategy and experience design)
  • Design (leveraging technology to create memorable event experiences)
  • Production (end-to-end event production)
  • Content distribution (through a proprietary content distribution system)


The CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) of a company has primary responsibility for the planning, implementation, managing and running of all the finance activities of a company, including business planning, budgeting, forecasting and negotiations. The CFO job description should also extend to obtaining and maintaining investor relations and partnership compliance.

Strategy, Planning and Management

  • Act as Chief Financial Officer and strategic business partner to senior executive leadership team
  • Assess and evaluate financial performance of organization regarding long-term operational goals, budgets and forecasts
  • Provide insight and recommendations to both short-term and long-term growth plan of organization
  • Identify, acquire and implement systems and software to provide critical financial and operational information
  • Evaluate departments and make suggestions for automating processes and increasing working efficiency
  • Create and establish yearly financial objectives that align with the company’s plan for growth and expansion

Financial Analysis, Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Prepare and present monthly financial budgeting reports including monthly profit and loss by division, forecast vs. budget by division and weekly cash flow by division
  • Review and analyze monthly financial results and provide recommendations
  • Identify, develop and execute analysis of business initiatives, product launches and/or new service offerings
  • Develop and maintain monthly operating budget and annual company operating budget
  • Manage financial planning and analysis department. Supervise creation of reports, software implementation and tools for budgeting and forecasting
  • Participate in weekly conference calls with Lenders, Vendors and Executive Leadership Team

Accounting, General Ledger, Administration and Operations

  • Supervise the accounting department to ensure the proper functioning of all systems, databases and financial software. Provide regular maintenance and backup of all accounting systems and supervise company financial staff
  • Review and ensure application of appropriate internal controls, SOX compliance and financial procedures
  • Ensure timeliness and accuracy of financial and management reporting data for investors and company’s board of directors
  • Oversee the preparation and communication of weekly, monthly and annual financial statements
  • Oversee the preparation and timely filing of all local, state and federal tax returns
  • Oversee the month-end close process, constantly reviewing procedures while eliminating inefficiencies
  • Oversee preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements.
  • Review all month-end closing activities including general ledger accounts, balance sheet accounts and overhead cost allocation
  • Enhance and implement financial and accounting systems, processes, tools and control systems
  • Serve as a key point of contact for external auditors; Manage preparation and support of all external audits

Financial Management

  • Manage cash flow planning process and ensure funds availability.
  • Oversee cash, investments and asset management area
  • Explore new investment opportunities and provide recommendations on potential returns and risks
  • Maintain outstanding banking relationships and strategic alliances with vendors and business partners
  • Utilize forward-looking models and activity-based analyses to provide financial insight into the organization’s plans and operating budgets

Finance and Accounting Team Management

  • Mentor and develop a team of 10 senior managers and/or directors, managing work allocation, systems training, performance evaluations, and the building of an effective and efficient team dynamic
  • Guide larger, cross-divisional teams outside of direct span of control within the three main company divisions

Cash Management

  • Oversee weekly cash management and AP Department,
  • Supervise Accounts Receivable management and provide guidance relating to the collection process


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • In depth knowledge of corporate financial law and risk management practices
  • 6 years minimum experience as a CFO in a large $20M+, publicly traded corporation
  • 15+ years total accounting or finance experience
  • Outstanding knowledge and understanding of GAAP, IFRS, SOX compliance and SEC reporting
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, confidence and executive presence – ability to motivate staff
  • Excellent analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Significant experience working with external auditors, internal controls and compliance-related issues
  • Drive the company’s financial planning; Perform risk management by analyzing the organization’s liabilities and investments
  • Decide on investment strategies by considering cash and liquidity risks
  • Ensure cash flow is appropriate for the organization’s operations
  • Prepare reliable current and forecasting reports
  • Set up and oversee the company’s finance IT system
  • Ensure compliance with the law and company’s policies
  • Excellent knowledge of data analysis and forecasting methods
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office and financial management software (e.g. SAP)
  • Ability to strategize and solve problems
  • Strong leadership, organizational, communication and people skills


Our client and Buffkin / Baker firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status of any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.


Mark Farrington, Partner
Office: 615-988-2594
Cell: 615-478-0098
Email: mark@buffkinbaker.com

Kari Goodwin, Senior Associate
Office: 615-988-2596
Cell: 615-478-5274
Email: Kari@buffkinbaker.com

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