I graduated with an MBA and Accounting Degree from Baylor University in 1999. I worked as an auditor at KPMG for 2 years and obtained my CPA license in 2001.
After KPMG, I joined Allied Electronics, an electronics distributor, as an Assistant Controller for 4 years. There, I first learned about creating a financial forecast and internal reports for management. I managed treasury activities including daily cash flow and forecasting, bank reconciliations, and communications with bank personnel.
In 2005, I joined Range Online Media, an online marketing company, as their first Controller. The industry was young and the company was in high-growth mode. Over the next five years, the company grew 400% in revenue and 300% in staff. Processes were assessed and revised regularly. Forecasting models were frequently reviewed and monitored to manage the growth.
In 2008, Range Online Media was acquired by iProspect, another online marketing company. I was responsible for managing a due diligence, acquisition, and eventually an Earn-out Period until the company was completely merged in 2011. At this time, I created the role of Director of Financial Planning & Analysis to focus on providing internal reports, forecasting, and analysis to help management make good decisions.
Then, in 2014, I became a VP of Finance at Warren Douglas Advertising. I worked on their strategic plan and goals and helped improve client reporting, contracts, and other accounting and finance processes.
In January 2016, I started Bender CFO Services in order to provide an affordable solution for smaller organizations to get higher level accounting and CFO services that all companies need.
In the midst of everything written above, I have been married since 2001 to my wonderful wife and have 4 children – 3 boys (2 are identical twins), and the youngest is a girl. I live in the Fort Worth, Texas area. I enjoy the outdoors, watching movies, reading, discipleship and hanging out with my family.
I started a blog to provide a valuable resource to help all organizations be financially successful. I write on topics such as financial forecasting, cash flow management, financial reporting, organizational goals and measurement. Also, I write on ways to be the most productive with the foresight to plan for success.
The purpose of my blog and resources is to provide templates, checklists, and best practices that I have learned through my career and that I implement with my clients. I post new content each Monday morning.
Financial Reporting & Forecasting
Productivity & Value
My Products to Help You Grow
Steps to Financials Success – A checklist to ensure you are doing everything financially to be the most successful.
Business Health Score – A tool to give you a score and assessment in how your organization is performing as compared to best practices in Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, and Management.