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My name is Matt Cooley, host of the Upside/Downside podcast, where we explore what it takes to be the best Finance Business Partners possible. I'm a Finance Business Partner myself and former president of the New York City Chapter of Financial Executives International. Prepare to meet professionals on the front lines of value creation and hear their stories. Through personal 1:1 interviews with inspiring and interesting professionals, we'll explore the many aspects of being a Finance Business Partner at forward-thinking organizations. Advisory, communications, business models, competition, digitalization, data analytics, risk management, complex regulatory environments, difficult environments, emerging businesses, continuous learning, personal branding and many other topics are all on the table as we explore what it takes to be our best. If you would like to suggest a future guest for this podcast, or be a guest yourself, please reach out today.

Upside/Downside - a podcast for Finance Business Partners Matt Cooley

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My name is Matt Cooley, host of the Upside/Downside podcast, where we explore what it takes to be the best Finance Business Partners possible. I'm a Finance Business Partner myself and former president of the New York City Chapter of Financial Executives International. Prepare to meet professionals on the front lines of value creation and hear their stories. Through personal 1:1 interviews with inspiring and interesting professionals, we'll explore the many aspects of being a Finance Business Partner at forward-thinking organizations. Advisory, communications, business models, competition, digitalization, data analytics, risk management, complex regulatory environments, difficult environments, emerging businesses, continuous learning, personal branding and many other topics are all on the table as we explore what it takes to be our best. If you would like to suggest a future guest for this podcast, or be a guest yourself, please reach out today.

    What Companies Need in a CFO with Samuel Dergel, Founder & Principal at Dergel Executive Search

    What Companies Need in a CFO with Samuel Dergel, Founder & Principal at Dergel Executive Search

    Welcome to Season 2 of Upside/Downside!  Samuel Dergel, Founder & Principal of Dergel Executive Search, shares what companies are looking for in a CFO/Finance Business Partner, why you need to be a people person, and how to deliver value at every...

    • 19 min
    Data-Driven Decisions with Alex Kotlyarevsky, Vice President of Finance at Maxx Properties

    Data-Driven Decisions with Alex Kotlyarevsky, Vice President of Finance at Maxx Properties

    In this episode, Alex Kotlyarevsky, VP of Finance at Maxx Properties, compares the recent real estate market to flying a plane.  Monitoring real-time metrics and making timely, fact-based course corrections drive value.  Getting there requires digital...

    • 18 min
    Finance Business Partner as Navigator with Nick Mitrakis, SVP & Corporate Controller at WSP USA

    Finance Business Partner as Navigator with Nick Mitrakis, SVP & Corporate Controller at WSP USA

    What are the most critical skills for Finance Business Partners that support very large and visible civil engineering projects?   Nick Mitrakis, SVP & Corporate Controller at WSP USA, shares the cornerstones of good project management and how...

    • 16 min
    Two Perspectives on Value Creation with Peter Wise, Retired Rocket Scientist & Former Soup Kitchen Director

    Two Perspectives on Value Creation with Peter Wise, Retired Rocket Scientist & Former Soup Kitchen Director

    We all want to allocate capital where we anticipate maximum returns.  But how you measure those returns depends on your mission.  In this episode, hear why Peter Wise felt compelled to leave his high tech job building satellites and enter a completely...

    • 14 min
    The Intersection of Value Creation & Industry 4.0 with Dave Sackett, CFO of ULVAC Technologies

    The Intersection of Value Creation & Industry 4.0 with Dave Sackett, CFO of ULVAC Technologies

    What are the tools enabling Industry 4.0 and how should Finance Business Partners incorporate their promises into a broader value creation strategy?   CFO and Industry 4.0 Advocate Dave Sackett, shares the first application at his company, and why...

    • 16 min
    Moving Beyond Tablestake Skills with Andrej Suskavcevic, President & CEO of Financial Executives International

    Moving Beyond Tablestake Skills with Andrej Suskavcevic, President & CEO of Financial Executives International

    With a heritage dating back 88 years, Financial Executives International (FEI) has been providing generations of finance professionals with a strong community for networking, learning and professional growth.  In this episode of Upside/Downside, Andrej...

    • 11 min

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