About Ken Jacobson
Ken works hand in hand with owners and leadership teams of small to mid-market, privately held business to produce extraordinary results. As an operationally minded CFO, he has a proven track record of leading owners through successful sale processes, creating value by turning companies into high performers within a variety of industries. In serving companies, Ken makes it a priority to generate free cash flow, maximize enterprise value, build back-office platforms for profitable growth, develop high functioning teams, and create financial stability. He is an integrator, turning vision into action in roles including President, CFO, and General Manager. Ken has almost 36 years of finance and operations experience and spent 12 years running a family business as co-owner. As a consultant, he spent 6 years performing turnarounds of troubled businesses, so he knows what trouble looks like and how to avoid it.
He seeks to get behind the numbers to turn financial information into actionable items and use key performance metrics to create a scorecard that is forward looking. His core skills include cash management/forecasting, operational management, growth strategy development, loan origination/refinancing, product/service costing, team building, back office re-engineering, pricing strategy, and business transition.
Ken is also an EOS implementer. The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)is a system and is a specific way to organize and optimize all of a company’s human energy and gives traction to annual strategic planning so that your plan is not a binder that sits on a shelf. It sets the way people meet, solve problems, plan, prioritize, follow processes, communicate, measure, structure, clarify roles, lead and manage. This system boils down a business to 6 key components: vision, people, data, issues, process, and traction. For each component tools are introduced. There are a total of 20 tools that are simple, proven, and comprehensive. Ken will customize the tools to fit the company’s needs and coach the leadership team on how to use the tools.
Bachelor of Business Administration University of Michigan
Masters of Business Administration Michigan State University
Certificates & Licenses:
Certified Public Accountant
Certified Global Management Accountant
Certified Turnaround Professional
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Turnaround Management Association