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Bob Paul
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Languages: English

How I Can Help You

I really enjoy working with start up companies. Startups have a multitude of issues. Planning and testing ideas are critical components. Prioritizing the many activities of the entrepreneur is key to success and sanity..

I started three small businesses. The first is a one-person software business that helps resorts and hotels in Hawaii, California, and Nevada manage their maintenance activities. The business has had fifteen successful years of providing benefits for my clients while generating positive cash flows. Other businesses (less successful) were a program to manage compliance in a chemical company and a small wood product manufacturing business.

My 33 year career with John Deere started in the Information Technology department. I was a trouble-shooter and used technology to solve unique and difficult problems in the areas of distribution, manufacturing, and sales. After seven years, I moved to the Treasurer's Office where I invested in equities and bonds for the multi-million dollar pension fund. From there, I became part of the Corporate Planning Team, assisting in Worldwide Strategic Planning. The last twenty years of my career was at the John Deere Credit subsidiary. There I was Chief Credit Officer with responsibility for credit approvals, collections, and the training of credit analysts and collectors. I created specialized credit scores and understand how your credit score is developed and used. At various times I was responsible for strategic planning, business planning and internal auditing. I also led an initiative to improve operational performance in all departments of the Credit Company (similar to Baldrige or Six Sigma). In my final year with the credit subsidiary I returned to Information Technology as Chief Information Officer.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Budgeting
  • Business Plan
  • Business Structure
  • Cash Flow
  • Financial Literacy
  • Funding/Loans
  • Management & Operations
  • Pricing
  • Strategy Development
  • Technology

Industry Experience

  • Accounting & Tax Services
  • Agriculture
  • Business Consulting & Coaching
  • Commercial & Residential Services
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit
  • Professional Services
  • Travel, Hospitality, & Tourism
1954 1st St Suite 193,
Highland Park, IL 60035
(224) 372-3432

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