Christopher C. Buls
About Christopher C. Buls
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.
- 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)
Articles by Christopher C. Buls
- What is your Tangible Net Worth?
- Your Exit Strategy
- Business Relationship Management – Demystifying The Banks
- The 5 Keys To Getting A Line Of Credit
- How Do I Improve Sales?…A CFO’s Perspective
- Do you have a short memory?
- Hitting Singles and Doubles
- What is the Fiscal Cliff?
- Arizona Solar Gets a Boost
- Finding Hidden Cash
- What’s in your business?