CRAIG J. MEZIK, CPA (973) 714-1036
Rockaway, NJ 07866 firstname.lastname@example.org
CFO / VP FINANCE
Financial Reporting / Cash Management / Budgets & Forecasting / Internal Control / Business Modeling
Startups / High Technology / M&A / Due Diligence / VC Financing / GAAP / P&L / International
A leader in tactical and strategic financial management, I ensured corporate stability in both steady and volatile markets. I
streamlined processes, implementing best practices and supporting startups and Fortune 500 companies in rapid growth.
Assuring both global and domestic compliance, I continually improved accuracy and optimized profitability.
I effectively established internal controls and incorporated cost-effective solutions in strong and challenging economies. A
hands-on leader whose team building experience in leading cross-functional, company-wide initiatives are critical to the
success and development of businesses in a global economy. My key strengths include…
Aligning financial operations with strategic goals to achieve corporate objectives
Developing accurate budgets and forecasts that enable fact-based decisions
Understanding business needs and creating cost-effective solutions to complex challenges
Driving a positive, motivated and highly productive team, improving culture and quality of service
Raising venture-backed capital to enable growth and increase liquidity
A licensed CPA, I earned my MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University and a BS from The University of Alabama. I also
have an Advanced Certificate in International Business from Seton Hall University and am an active member of
AICPA. As a results-oriented and knowledgeable leader, I empower my employees to accomplish corporate objectives.
Improved operations to meet revenue targets. Cash flow was diminishing as Xceedium was not meeting revenue
targets. Prepared projected financial statements, presented recommended cost reductions and postponements to CEO.
Reduced operating expenses 7%, meeting annual income commitment and retaining sufficient cash for subsequent year.
Resolved impasse during acquisition. Xceedium pursued acquisition of company, but parties were at stalemate on
purchase price. Performed due diligence of seller’s liabilities and required expenditures in first year after acquisition.
Renegotiated purchase price, accounting for first year drain. Completed acquisition, saved 20% off the asking price.
Secured bridge loan, turning around company. Xceedium was in financial distress and cash flow was deteriorating.
Prepared draft budgets and projected financial statements, reviewed with new CEO and primary investor. Secured
$2.25M bridge loan and $4.8M equity infusion later the same year to turn around company.
Salvaged business, reducing debts and avoiding penalties. Ridge Manufacturing had significant federal and state tax
debts and vendor liabilities. Negotiated abatements, settlements and payment plans, avoiding tax liens and penalties.
Eliminated $100K in debts. Facilitated delivery of components to build products for sales, increased profit and cash flow.
Controlled expenses during expansion, saving millions. Prism’s aggressive expansion into 30 major US markets was
causing significant cash drain. Reviewed company’s expenditures, recommending cost reduction initiatives to CFO and
CEO. Reduced operating expenses by 9% ($18M), including 10% reduction in accounting department expenses.
Vice President Finance and Treasurer, Xceedium, Inc., 2006 to 2012. $10M IT products startup. Hold full P&L
responsibility. Manage $1M budget/team of four. Raised five rounds of VC equity funding totaling $15M and three debt
financings totaling $4M. Performed due diligence, completing integration of multi-million dollar international acquisition.
Chief Financial Officer, Ridge Manufacturing Corporation, 2003 to 2006. $10M PCB contract manufacturer. Restructured
$2M in debt, eliminating cross-collateralization of business and shareholder debt. Negotiated abatements, settlements
and payment deferrals with federal/state agencies and vendors.
Chief Financial Officer, WaveXpress, Inc., 2001 to 2002. Proprietary software development company. Renegotiated
lease, saved $4M in lease payments. Developed employee stock option grant model. Served as secretary to BOD.
Vice President and Controller, Prism Communication Services, Inc., 1998 to 2001. $15M telecommunications startup.
Managed $2M budget and team of 30. Implemented accounting system, internal controls and established Finance
Department. Developed annual budget and quarterly forecasting processes for ten departments with $210M of expenses.
Earlier: Held progressive responsibility at AT&T Corporation, reaching Assistant Controller of International Finance.
Managed reporting, analysis and forecasting for $1.2B international operations division with staff of nine. Consolidated
results for 70 overseas subsidiaries, ten joint ventures and three domestic business units.
Additional: I have coached my son’s sports teams. In addition, I enjoy golf, weightlifting and reading.