About Gerry Braun
Gerry is a seasoned executive with a wealth of business experience coupled with in-depth practical financial skills that have helped many businesses achieve their specific objectives. He has held Senior Management positions for some of America’s largest corporations both internationally and domestically: ARCO, Heinz, Santa Fe International, Heraeus, MWA Global and Ralphs Grocery. He has served on several boards of directors and has been a CFO for both public and private organizations.
Gerry possesses a diverse set of industry experience, domestically and internationally in manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, satellite communications, transportation, high technology, consumer products, industrial chemicals, engineering consulting, environmental services, distribution, construction, food processing, retail, industrial precious metals, and medical devices. In addition, to leading the complete gambit of financial functions, he has also successfully led other functions such as: Human Resources, Materials Management, Customer Service, Logistics, Environmental and Safety, Information Technology (IT), Print Shops, Government Compliance, Security, and Building Services.
Designing and implementing innovative business processes is an obsession for Gerry. His vast experience provides him with an edge in quickly analyzing and identifying problem areas. He is a born problem solver. Drawing on his deep integrated understanding of finance and operations allows him to develop stripped down efficient business systems and processes that support the company’s operations. His value to clients lies in his belief that one size does not fit all and that tailored solutions consistently result in cost-effective results for his clients.
Gerry has authored a change management business book, “Fresh Start”. In it he shares his proprietary Sky Method that has been successfully applied to three successful turnarounds. He is an established speaker and seminar leader that frequently gives two day seminars on the techniques in his book.
He enjoys the processes of working side-by-side with business owners and their team, to help them achieve a higher level of success. An effective listener, Gerry excels at quickly understanding his clients needs and their real world constraints. He is respected for his business skills, confidentiality, insight, objectivity, honesty and integrity.
Gerry is a native of Washington D.C., and holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee and an Executive MBA from University of Southern California. He is an Army Veteran. He is active in his community and has coached various softball and soccer teams for his children. Gerry and his wife reside in Los Angeles County and have two sons and three daughters. He enjoys golf, photography, entertaining, the outdoors and travel.
- University of Tennessee B.S. Accounting
- University of Southern California EMBA
- Long Beach Board of Governors
- Junior Achievement
- Rotary Club
Articles by Gerry Braun
- The case for purging Talented, but THORNY Employees
- Guard Against “Gold Fever”.
- Your Financial Systems Need a Checkup
- 7 Deadly Financial Diseases
- Every Company Can Now Afford a CFO
- Fifty Percent of Start-Ups Fail
- How to Jump Start the Economy
- Challenges Facing Small Businesses
- Fifty Percent of Startups Fail
- Regulations Cost $35k per Employee
- Growth Influenza
- Economic Scurvy
- Budgeting Retinal Detachment
- Control Hepatitis
- When should business owners start planning for their exit?
- Cost to Price Dyslexia
- 4 Steps in Finding your Company’s Hidden Value
- Financial Ebola
- Cash Hemorrhaging