I can help you with your existing business or start up in areas of planning, strategy, finance and accounting, information technology systems and human resources. I can help you set measurements for success and create reporting so that you can monitor your progress as well as comply with legal requirements.
As CFO at two Portland-based ad agencies, I was responsible for Finance and Administration, including Human Resources and Information Technology set-up and support. I was also on Executive teams which did strategic planning and budgeting for the company.
In a small business, any manager wears many hats, but still needs to connects on a daily basis with all the other initiatives and workers in the firm. This was very true of my positions over the past 25 years. I found that in addition to my professional skills, I learned to communicate and work with team members from very different disciplines - creative, production, account management and media, to achieve successful results. I think my ability to work in a fast paced and diverse work setting is more important than technical skills I bring to any project. This gives me a wide variety of experience that I bring to my mentoring of SCORE clients.
CFO for Garrand, Ad Agency, Portland, Maine 2006-2014.
CFO for CD&M Communications, Ad Agency, Portland, Maine, 1987 - 2006.
Owner, Bassi Brown Consulting, Portland, Maine, 1986 to Present.
VP, FirstMark, Financial Planning and Investments, Waterville, Maine, 1980 - 1987.