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Senior Manager @ Ernst & Young Managed international audit engagements (U.S. and Foreign public companies) in firm’s New York and The Netherlands practice offices. Areas of industry concentration and expertise include oil and gas (extraction, refining, and trading), media (traditional print and interactive), and international taxation. From 1977 to 1985 (8 years) Special Assistant to the President...
Senior Manager @ Ernst & Young Managed international audit engagements (U.S. and Foreign public companies) in firm’s New York and The Netherlands practice offices. Areas of industry concentration and expertise include oil and gas (extraction, refining, and trading), media (traditional print and interactive), and international taxation. From 1977 to 1985 (8 years) Special Assistant to the President @ Grambling State University I was recruited by Grambling State’s forward-thinking Interim President to serve as his Chief Operations Officer and principal advisor to address declining enrollment, flagging revenues, and other financial and operational problems.Tackling challenges with a fresh perspective and a business mindset, I partnered with the president to turn the troubled organization around, revitalizing stagnant revenue growth in non-academic business portfolios and identifying and embracing strategic revenue-generating opportunities. As a highly-skilled contract negotiator and manager of vendor relations, I also engaged in high-level, multi-year negotiations that reduced operating costs and increased promotional and media exposure opportunities.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:► Restructured business operations portfolio, attaining multi-million-dollar improvements and operating results.► Re-negotiated new national broadcast agreement, lowering production costs significantly for broadcast of the annual BAYOU CLASSIC on NBC.► Introduced competitive bidding process for multi-year, multi-million-dollar agreements that delivered marketing and promotional opportunities and positioned university to improve student and faculty recruitment and retention.► Negotiated with neighboring city and related agencies to sponsor Red River Classic football game broadcast, with the university retaining 100% of all revenues. ► Played key role in gaining access to multi-million dollar research grants for the university through plan to gain land grant status.► Refocused millions of dollars in grant funding to academics, program development and asset acquisition.► Reorganized campus police and secured 6-figure grant to renovate their communications center.► Provided executive oversight to support compliance efforts for multiple NCAA Division I athletic programs. Led application and interview process for multi-year NCAA grant to fund improvements in athletic academic support. From 2014 to 2015 (1 year) Grambling, LouisianaAssistant Vice President, Finance & Facilities / Chief Financial Officer @ South Carolina State University I was hired to troubleshoot and drive key financial functions at this public educational institution serving approximately 6,000 students. My role extended to:✓ Finance✓ Accounting✓ Treasury✓ Purchasing✓ Procurement✓ Facilities ManagementIn addition to driving and quickly implementing major business process enhancements, I cut costs, boosted state funding during a time of declining enrollments, and instilled a culture of transparency across all financial reporting processes.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:► Reduced millions in year-over-year expenses to address declining enrollment and revenue shortfalls. ► Developed quarterly financial reports for the Board of Trustees, president and executive team, establishing discipline, transparency, and structure in reporting processes.► Significantly increased student buying power for standard board contract.► Delivered 6-figure boost in state appropriations to expand student recruitment while overall appropriation decreased.► Averted end-of-year cash crisis by introducing a formal cash forecasting process. Also, reengineered processes in student accounts administration and enrollment management. ► Co-chaired budget and facilities committees, and served on other committees focused on scholarships, emergency preparedness, intercollegiate athletic council, and computing & IT advisory. From 2012 to 2013 (1 year) Orangeburg, SCChief Financial Officer @ Connotate Technologies As a consultant with Egyptian Builders Group, I brought financial and operating discipline to this under-achieving start-up that develops, sells, and distributes state-of-the-art web-mining and business intelligence software. Within 6 months, I was hired and transitioned to full-time CFO.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:► Reorganized operations to align with core competencies, leading to millions in cost savings and higher efficiency. ► Established policies and processes leading to predictable and forecastable revenue streams► Eliminated 2-year backlog in the release of audited financial statements► Negotiated bridge loans for emergency working capital; introduced financial and analytical disciplines for decision-support; instituted budgeting and forecasting practices. From July 2008 to 2010 (2 years) New Brunswick, NJChief Financial Officer / Managing Director @ NEXXAR Group, Inc. Hired by the founding CEO to develop and manage global financial, treasury, and financial operations, l led an aggressive acquisition and business integration strategy that transformed this fledgling start-up into a thriving global money transfer and financial service company. KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:► Evaluated 20 acquisition targets and spearheaded 8 successful deals ranging from 6 figures to multi-millions.► Co-led negotiations to raise millions in equity capital and mezzanine debt for 2nd-second-round capital.► Played key role in integration efforts for acquisitions, acquiring operating licenses in all 50 states and 4 U.S. territories. Negotiated surety bond line, established banking/treasury operations integration program, and built tax-efficient international corporate structure.► Negotiated equipment financing capital lease line with favorable interest rate; negotiated procurement of PeopleSoft enterprise business systems applications. From 2003 to 2006 (3 years) Paramus, New JerseyChief Financial Officer / Chief Administrative Officer @ Earl G. Graves, Ltd. Recruited by renowned business and community leader Earl G. Graves for this dual role as Chief Financial & Administrative Officer of this holding company for Earl Graves Group, I streamlined business operations, budgeting, and planning processes to enable the company to survive one of the worst industry recessions in history.Supporting the CEO in directing 5 Fortune 100 entities, I influenced a change in philosophy, convincing the owner-management team to aggressively cut costs to allow the company to thrive despite a record downturn in the industry.My role encompassed management of 15 direct reports with executive financial oversight for:✓ Human Resources✓ Procurement✓ Technology✓ Magazine production✓ Accounting From 2001 to 2003 (2 years) Greater New York City AreaVice President, Finance International / Vice President - Controller @ Western Union International ► Vice President, Finance International (1999-2000)► Vice President – Controller (1997-1998)Promoted to provide executive financial oversight in support of massive worldwide growth efforts, I played a key role in a 300% expansion of the company’s footprint across 3 continents.Leading 7 direct reports with total responsibility for a global team of 85, I oversaw strategic/tactical financial planning, foreign currency hedging programs (impacting 45% of total revenues) and credit/risk management for a multimillion-dollar accounts-receivable portfolio.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:► Increased revenues 460+% of consumer financial services subsidiary of Fortune 100 company with 100,000 locations and franchise holdings in 182 countries.► Contributed to 100% increase in pre-tax profits as key member of management team.► Co-led team in establishing regional agent and client service centers across 3 continents, supporting growth of operational footprint from 45 to 180 countries.► Reduced agent commission plan to deliver savings equivalent to 3% of revenues. From 1997 to 2000 (3 years) Paramus, New JerseyVice President, Administration & Finance @ Meredith Corporation Recruited by the CEO to play a key role with the turnaround of this firm with businesses in publishing, broadcasting and brand licensing, I managed 4 direct and 27 indirect reports with oversight for all financial and administrative operations including financial planning, inventory management, and materials purchasing.I overhauled operations and played a key role in returning the company to profitability – including:✓ Eliminating major losses✓ Expanding publishing program✓ Improving management of working capital✓ Spearheading process and operational improvements✓ Introducing innovative vendor strategies From 1991 to 1997 (6 years) Des Moines, IowaChief Executive Officer | CEO @ Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security I was initially hired as CFO and tapped to assume the CEO role in 2019. Over my tenure, I led strategic change and initiatives and analyzed key challenges facing this early-stage, international institution of higher learning (highly specialized national security and intelligence graduate degrees). I determined the best options for this organization’s future and presented to and collaborated with the board as well as led a direct team of 7 and oversaw grant management and fundraising (8-figures). ► Made rapid and deep strides, assessing gaps, driving major improvements, implementing program and process enhancements and hiring a skilled leader for a key function, translating to enhanced performance.► Established processes/procedures for enterprise-wide budgeting and cash management, improving forecasting, and enhanced accountability of strategic busines units through management-information reporting.► Met deadlines with only 60 days remaining, taking the reins of this critical credentialing and licensing process to ensure requirements met. ► Directed development of institutional strategic plan and 200-page institution-wide self-study analysis in 18 months.► Assumed leadership of key functions and improved operational efficiencies in HR, facilities management, and IT. ► Managed successful transition of DMGS “mission” and IP/academic programs to Texas A&M University, G.H.W. Bush School of Government & Public Service, following comprehensive board-directed review of DMGS’ future vision that led to transition. From May 2017 to August 2020 (3 years 4 months) Washington D.C. Metro AreaChief Executive Officer @ Egyptian Builders Consulting Group, LLC As a consultant with expertise in corporate financial management, I help investment banks, money management firms, and other companies meet their business development goals. My assignments focus on providing decision support analysis, financial modeling, analyses, interim CFO services, M&As, and global structuring/taxation to various companies within the money transfer, payments and financial services industries. From 2007 to 2017 (10 years) River Vale, New Jersey
Ernst & Young
1977 to 1985
Grambling State University
Special Assistant to the President
2014 to 2015
South Carolina State University
Assistant Vice President, Finance & Facilities / Chief Financial Officer
2012 to 2013
Chief Financial Officer
July 2008 to 2010
New Brunswick, NJ
NEXXAR Group, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer / Managing Director
2003 to 2006
Paramus, New Jersey
Earl G. Graves, Ltd.
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Administrative Officer
2001 to 2003
Greater New York City Area
Western Union International
Vice President, Finance International / Vice President - Controller
1997 to 2000
Paramus, New Jersey
Vice President, Administration & Finance
1991 to 1997
Des Moines, Iowa
Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
Chief Executive Officer | CEO
May 2017 to August 2020
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Egyptian Builders Consulting Group, LLC
Chief Executive Officer
2007 to 2017
River Vale, New Jersey
Managed international audit engagements (U.S. and Foreign public companies) in firm’s New York and The Netherlands practice offices. Areas of industry concentration and expertise include oil and gas (extraction, refining, and trading), media (traditional print and interactive), and international taxation. Managed international audit engagements (U.S. and Foreign public companies) in firm’s New York and The Netherlands practice offices. Areas of industry concentration and expertise include oil and gas (extraction, refining, and trading), media (traditional print and interactive), and international taxation.
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Eric Eaton works for Ernst & Young
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Eric Eaton is Senior Manager
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Eric Eaton works in the Financial Services industry.
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