At A Glance
- CFO, Board of Directors (audit committee)
- Working Capital maximization
- Turnaround management
- Lender acquisition
- Early Capital formation
- EBITDA and Net Income margin improvements
- International Expansion
- Strategic growth through M&A
- ’33 and ’34 Act Public Company reporting, structure
Key Leadership AccomplishmentsChristopher led a corporate turnaround wherein he created the financial plan to reduce expenses and inventory levels while keeping the commercial lending relationships intact. He also refinanced the company with a new line of credit while completing the turnaround. In addition, he structured from the ground up and managed the international finance operations of company manufacturing subsidiaries in Indonesia, Philippines, and the UK, inclusive of the human resources and governmental financial reporting. He also developed reporting metrics that encouraged lean manufacturing processes and worked to ensure maximum profitability. Christopher was integral in leading the merger of John Keeler & Co., Inc. into a publicly traded holding company and in the negotiation and acquisition of the PubCo. He managed the audit and legal teams to file the company’s ’33 and ’34 Act securities filings in a timely manner, including the 10Ks, 10Qs, 8Ks, and S-1 registration statements.
Christopher has 25 years of experience serving in financial leadership roles for organizations in the food and consumer packaged goods industries. He specializes in building out the finance and accounting structures of organizations as well as lender acquisition and relationships. When entering organizations in their early stage as CFO he has built financial functions from the ground up, developing processes and procedures, as well as preparing for strategic growth. He was the CFO of John Keeler & Co., Inc., a sustainable seafood importer, and was influential in growing the company’s revenue from $10 million to a consolidated $100 million. Chris was instrumental in the vertical integration of the company, securing supply, and increasing sources of revenue with the establishment of manufacturing plants throughout Southeast Asia. He led the merger with Blue Star Foods Corporation, a publicly traded company, and was the CFO and a Director of the PubCo responsible for early stage capital raises. Chris holds a BS in Finance from the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore. He was a finalist for South Florida CFO of the year in 2008.