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When You’re Lucky Enough To Love What You Do…

April 16th, 2014 Comments off

I often talk with friends and colleagues about my career path and how fortunate I feel to have found a profession that I thoroughly enjoy and receive so much satisfaction from. Not only from the day to day activities that I engage in, but the countless colleagues I work with daily, as well as the great group of vendor partners that I have been able to establish over the years.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with companies ranging in size from the start-up I’m currently working with…to the large multi-national firms headquartered in the U.S. and France. Those companies have ranged from Apparel, Retail, and Footwear firms to critical infrastructure and now, cybersecurity. While there has typically been some pretty heavy lifting in each one of these opportunities, I’ve had the opportunity to either work with, or build, some pretty amazing teams. With those teams, we’ve been able to achieve some pretty amazing results.

The fun part about the journey I’ve had since my first CFO position has been the variety of “opportunities”, or as some would like to refer to, the problems I’ve had to deal with at each one of those companies. While not always enjoyable, I’ve always embraced each opportunity for what it represented….a fantastic opportunity to learn and continue the progression of my career. From the implementation of $100 million payroll systems, to complete brand turnarounds, SAP implementations, & ground zero start-ups….it has been an absolute blast. For those that know me, there is also a great correlation between the competitiveness and focus I carry in my cycling to the personal characteristics I bring into the office. Fiercely competitive, fiercely driven, along with a strong commitment to team and the achievement of results.

As a CFO who really tries to lead by example, as well as deliver the promised results to those I report to, it’s really a great affirmation to receive the recent recognition as a Finalist for Orange County CFO of the Year. Regardless of the outcome I might experience that evening, it was enough to participate in the dinner that evening as a Finalist and the amazing quality of peers that were in attendance.  It’s been a path of results and value creation that I look forward to continuing.

Thanks for reading…

Jeffrey Ishmael