Christopher C. Buls

Providing CFO services and Business Transition Services in Phoenix, AZ and surrounding areas


About Christopher

Christopher C. Buls

Phoenix, AZ CFO

28 Years of Experience

Direct Contact



Indiana University BA - Chemistry

Indiana University MBA - Finance

Certificates & Licenses:

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)


Financial Executives International (FEI)

Association for Corporate Growth

Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG)

Contact Christopher Buls and receive a free Discovery Analysis™

  • A confidential meeting with the business owner(s), then interview company staff.
  • Look at the company’s financial information and computer systems.
  • Benchmark financial information against industry averages.
  • Create a confidential report of our findings in The Strategy Gameplan™

Chris’ Bio

Chris has over 25 years of experience as a CFO, Controller and Treasurer in organizations ranging from startups to multi-national, Fortune 500 companies. With an MBA and CMA, he is skilled in implementing “Best Practice” accounting and reporting processes, financial planning, profit improvements, internal controls and IT systems. He has worked in a variety of industries including chemicals, aerospace, defense, automotive, consumer products, specialty materials, engineering, construction, advertising, high-tech, and a variety of professional services organizations. Recognized as a trusted business partner, Chris is accomplished at working with organizations to lead necessary and lasting change as well as driving continuous improvement. Chris’s experience provides a unique background for him to carefully analyze a business and develop a clear and concise strategy to increase cash flow, profits and value .

Chris has managed all aspects of finance and accounting functions including mentoring the accounting and management staff to improve the accuracy, timeliness and understanding of a business’s finances. His deep understanding of the development and utilization of key metrics has delivered significant cost savings and working capital improvements totaling over $3 Million at one company alone. He is experienced at working with a Board of Directors/Advisors, acquiring and managing term debt and lines of credit, completing business transitions, implementing credit and collections processes and enhancing variance analysis to provide clear explanations of monthly result while collaborating with key business executives to complete corrective actions. Chris has implemented inventory procedures resulting in a 20% improvement in inventory accuracy and led IPO readiness activities enabling the successful IPO of a $2 Billion company. Finally, he has extensive experience in budgeting, strategic planning and improving cash and profit forecasting.

Chris’s true passion is working with the owners of growing, mid-market businesses enabling them to maximize the value of their business. He enjoys partnering with the Owner or CEO to reach their personal and organizational goals.

Chris has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and an MBA in Finance; both degrees are from Indiana University - Bloomington. He has also been a Certified Management Accountant since 1991. Chris resides in Phoenix with his wife, Lori. They have been married for 27 years and have a son and daughter.

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Recent Articles

What is your Tangible Net Worth?

Your Tangible Net Worth

There are many financial ratios and calculations that business owners are familiar with. Most of these are basic operating statistics that owners can, and hopefully do, use day in and day out to manage the business.  Tangible Net Worth is typically not in that group but, to many owners, it is vital because it’s a metric that their bank uses in the lending covenants. Mess this one up and you’ll have a problem with your bank better known as a “busted covenant”.

Your Exit Strategy

Your Exit Strategy

If you are thinking (or should be thinking) about exiting your business, now is the time to begin working on your exit strategy. Unfortunately, this is new territory for the vast majority of business owners. Many have concerns about the value of the business and very few know how to start the exit process. Finally, some fall into the trap of trying to go it alone and wind up with a weaker business and a not so happy ending to the

Business Relationship Management – Demystifying The Banks

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Arizona Solar Gets a Boost

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Finding Hidden Cash

In the case study I mentioned in my last posting, the executives needed to quickly find cash to prevent the bank from revoking the company’s line of credit.  One of the first places all the groups reviewed was the inventory line of the balance sheet.  In this company, inventory had increased dramatically in the years since the father left and presented a real opportunity for the company to raise cash.  The big challenge was how to convert the material in the warehouse

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Recently I had the pleasure of partnering with David Coit, a Phoenix based banker from Bank of Arizona, to lead three Vistage groups through a case study in finance.  With David functioning as the banker, Karie Montague, the Vistage Chair, serving as an advisor and me in the role of Chief Financial Officer (not a big stretch) we evaluated the recommendations of the groups.  In the case study, a father had successfully owned and operated a company and then turned