Tom Matthews has over 30 years of financial management and operational experience. He started his career in public accounting (as a CPA) then moved to industry. He honed his "big company" skills at the US division of Britain's largest travel tour operator. Not only was he responsible for all US financial reporting, he was also the finance liaison for development, installation and implementation of the largest computer reservations system in the United States.
While his public accounting time gave him experience in many industries, he has specialized in all aspects of real estate including property management, commercial real estate development and multi-family development, land improvement and development. He also has specialties in travel, small and medium sized manufacturing companies and retail.
Tom's best role is as a financial visionary. The role of today's new CFO has expanded into operations, IT, customer service and RD while still controlling finance. This unique positioning has made Tom invaluable at the companies with which he has worked. One of his most important roles is that of investor liaison. His knowledge, understanding and confidence are very important in maintaining great relationships with both banks and equity investors. And when there are bumps in the road, Tom is on the front line keeping the investors calm. This goes a long way to solving problems in times of crises.
"Running your own business is not easy. There are large and constant challenges. As a business owner, you are very good at handling most problems quickly and decisively.
But the one area this is always difficult for the CEO is finance. Am I making money? WHY IS MY CASH SO TIGHT? Why won't the bankers lend me money? Or more money?
I am here to help you solve your financial problems. The concept of a part time CFO has been around for decades but it is now gaining momentum because of the layers of regulations and financial problems that the CEO encounters every day. Your CPA firm has a specific role and it is not that of CFO. Your bookkeeper, accounting manager and controller do the work but they job is not to analyze the results and solve financial problems. And I am one of the most cost effective expenses of your company. You do not need my wisdom and skills 40 hours per week. I will be less expensive than your most junior employee but will provide value greater than anyone at your firm but you, the CEO.
This is the best job in the world because the more the CEO knows about me, the more confident he becomes in his own role and is able to grow his company much faster with much greater cash and profitability.
Why did I join Third Eye Management?" The answer is simple. I have to do the best job I can for you, the CEO. By myself, I am very good. With Third Eye I am great. Not only do you get me, you get the collective skills and experience of the Third Eye team. You will never come up with a problem that we cannot find a great solution to".
To know Tom is to like him. He and his wife Donna (his high school sweetheart) have three kids and one granddaughter. The entrepreneurial spirit demands that we work hard and we play hard. That is Tom's mantra for life. And the playing is extraordinary: scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, medical missions to South America and photographing the polar bears in the Arctic Circle. Never a dull moment. There is nothing better for Tom than sharing these experiences with family and friends. And don't be surprised when Tom and Donna invite you to their home for dinner. Both are extraordinary chefs and love to share with their friends.
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