Ken Stevens

Providing CFO services and Business Transition Services in Chicago, IL and surrounding areas

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Ken Stevens

St. Charles, IL CFO

26 Years of Experience

Direct Contact

kenstevens@b2bcfo.com

312-520-2599

Universities:

The University of Iowa

Certificates & Licenses:

Certified Business Transition Expert

Certified Public Accountant (Inactive)

Certified Management Accountant

Organizations:

Contact Ken Stevens and receive a free Discovery Analysis™

  • A confidential meeting with the business owner(s), then interview company staff.
  • Look at the company’s financial information and computer systems.
  • Benchmark financial information against industry averages.
  • Create a confidential report of our findings in The Strategy Gameplan™







Ken’s Bio

Ken is a trusted business partner and financial executive with a proven track record in multiple industries. Ken believes as a financial executive it is important to understand the overall strategy and operations in conjunction with the numbers to ensure resources are allocated to areas that drive results. Ken has been successful for over 24 years by providing innovative financial solutions grounded in simplicity, while clearly communicating results and expectations to all levels of the organization.

Specialties Include:

  • Forecasting and budgeting
  • Profit improvement
  • Reducing stress related to to cash flow
  • Successful Business Exits
  • Long range financial planning
  • Strategic development supported by realistic business plans
  • Extensive manufacturing & costing experience

During his career Ken has held various positions in public accounting, consumer products (hard lines, housewares, and office products), retail/distribution, and proprietary education. Project highlights include profit improvement of 82%, implemented processes that drove 5% overall cost reduction on product costs, and reduced inventory 34% in seven months.

Since joining B2B CFO® Ken has served clients in the manufacturing/distribution, Telecommunications, SAAS, printing, test preparation, and proprietary education industries.

Ken earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting at the University of Iowa. After college he earned his certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant certificates. Ken and his wife Nancy live in the western suburbs of Chicago and have a daughter and son. In addition to supporting his kids activities, Ken enjoys options trading, swimming, college sports, and attempting to make the perfect ribs.

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Testimonials

This letter is in reference to Mr. Ken Stevens who has been consulting with my company since September of 2012.  I can say without any hesitation that he has been a tremendous asset to our operation.Since we signed up with Ken we have benefited not only from his attention to detail and insight but equally from his manner which is exceptionally pleasant and appreciated.  In many ways my management team and I feel that Ken is a part of our company, a stakeholder, and a dedicated problem solver.  Ken’s input and suggestions have added value to our long range planning, our efforts to generate new streams of revenue and employing strategic  cost controls.  Ken’s background fits perfect with our needs and having a fresh set of eyes has benefited not just our operations but our bottom line.

Ken Steven’s has a style which needs to be noted because when you work with some third party contracts you feel as if they fit you in when they have time.  This is not the case with Ken.    I can call Ken and speak to him anytime.  He is great in brainstorming with my management team and has helped us improve our operations by making recommendations which demonstrated how quickly he learned our business model.

In the perfect world I would hire Ken and move him to California if possible.  He asks good questions and makes my team and I step back and review what we are doing and why?  Again, a fresh set of unbiased eyes can make the difference between failure and success with some initiatives and Ken has played a huge role in our overall operation of three national brands.

I am happy to highly recommend Ken Stevens to all business owners.  With Ken on your team you will have a true partner in your efforts who will devote himself to your needs.  I am happy to speak to anyone directly about this exceptional man who I know we will work with for many years to come.

Sincerely,

SCOTT ABLES

President

 

THE VENTURA GROUP   5126 RALSTON STREET VENTURA CALIFORNIA  90069 800.472.1931

Recent Articles

Jun 6Ken Stevens

Like Love and Marriage | Strategic and Financial Planning

Jun 6Ken Stevens

In the words of Frank Sinatra “Love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like and a horse and carriage, this I tell you brother, you can’t have one without the other”.    The same holds true when it comes to strategic and financial planning.     Too often business have very detailed strategic plans (often too much detail) and no financial plan.    Others have a financial plan or budget, with no strategic plan guiding it.     In rare cases businesses may have both,

Mar 10Ken Stevens

5 Common Financial Challenges for Small Business

Mar 10Ken Stevens

In working with small growing entrepreneurial businesses, I have discovered several common financial challenges related issues with which they struggle. When I first start working with these businesses, most if not all of these issues exist. All of them are critical to their success in managing and growing their businesses. The good news is that with time and focus they can be rectified. In no particular order, here are 5 Common Financial Challenges for Small Business that I see most:

Dec 20Ken Stevens

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Dec 20Ken Stevens

As we approach the end of the year, we are all thinking ahead to the things we want to accomplish going into 2014.   I recently came across an article in Forbes by about the 13 things mentally strong people avoid.    I thought it was a great reminder of things not to be focused on. http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/11/18/mentally-strong-people-the-13-things-they-avoid/ Happy Holidays – Enjoy!    

Sep 18Ken Stevens

Strategic Planning Made Simple

Sep 18Ken Stevens

Whether you are planning a personal strategy, a business plan or a production process, I have found that strategic planning follows the same steps. The first step in this process is to decide what is important. What is your mission, your vision, your values? What are the guiding principles you will use to filter every decision you make? At B2B CFO® our values are honesty, integrity and objectivity. Once this is understood it is then easy for a firm, as

Aug 22Ken Stevens

Want to Grow your Business? Get out of the Way.

Aug 22Ken Stevens

I saw this article on www.entrepreneur.com by Ross Kimbarovsky. It gives a real world example of B2B CFO’s® philosophy on Finders, Minders, and Grinders.  As a quick reminder, Finders are entrepreneurial and are ‘Future Thinkers’ who generate new business and build new & leveraged relationships that multiply the volumes and revenues of the business. Minders are the managers in a business. They typically live in the past and rely on historical information to improve future performance. They make sure work

Jul 23Ken Stevens

The Exit Strategy Handbook

Jul 23Ken Stevens

I am very excited to announce a great new tool we have for owners who are interested in maximizing and then increasing the value of their business.

Jul 11Ken Stevens

For Aging Entrepreneurs, Assistance With Exits?

Jul 11Ken Stevens

The following article was written by Steve Bills and appeared in BuyOut Magazine, it was based on an interview with our founder Jerry Mills.   Buyout pros pride themselves on their ability not only to do deals and build companies but also to exit their investments in an efficient, profitable manner. Jerry L. Mills suggests they might find it beneficial to offer some of that expertise to small businesses that could become deals for them in years to come.  Mills, the

Jun 25Ken Stevens

Every Company Needs a CFO

Jun 25Ken Stevens

Companies without a Chief Financial Officer are at a competitive disadvantage.  It’s not unusual for small to mid-sized firms to have sophisticated operations, complex cost structures, and financial challenges like large companies.  This often means that the CEO or the owner of the business needs the expertise of a senior financial executive. As an owner or CEO of a company, have you ever wondered how to solve the problems you’re facing?  Have you ever spoken with another owner and come

Apr 16Ken Stevens

Do you really know your Organization Chart?

Apr 16Ken Stevens

This seems like a simple question.   Everyone in the company knows your organization chart.    Who does what and the endless maze of solid lines and dotted lines.    Most companies have even gone so far as to prepare pretty PowerPoint and Visio slides that are reviewed (maybe) once a year.   But does that really describe how things are getting done in your business? Would it surprise you to know most companies have an unofficial organization chart?  This is the true picture

Mar 12Ken Stevens

Business Navigation – Setting a Course

Mar 12Ken Stevens

The most fundamental rule of navigation is: “You must know where you are before you know which way to go.” Sometimes it may seem obvious which way to go but without knowing your real position how do you know if you are heading in the right direction? Picture yourself sailing along in the Pacific on your way to Hawaii. If you thought you were just east of the islands it would make sense to sail west to get there. But

Feb 13Ken Stevens

Planning to Reduce Anxiety

Feb 13Ken Stevens

I recently read the following article and found it interesting.    According to recent surveys by Vistage more business are nervous about the how the fiscal cliff and other financial uncertainties are going to effect business going forward. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/us-economy-vistage-idUSBRE9080J820130109 NEW YORK (Reuters) – At least one in four small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses said they scaled back on investment and hiring in late 2012 due to worries about the “fiscal cliff,” according to a survey released Wednesday. Nearly one-third of chief

Jan 29Ken Stevens

Last Minute Free Webinar

Jan 29Ken Stevens

I know it’s last-minute, but I just heard that B2B CFO®’s V.P. of Operations, Joe Worth, is giving a webinar on “How to Forecast and Manage Your Cash Flow” to a nationwide audience tomorrow (Jan. 30th) at noon CDT.    While targeted at Transworld Systems clients, I’m sure this will be brief but beneficial information for you or your contacts. Everyone is invited! You will learn how to: Forecast cash flow Improve cash position Map between profit and loss, balance sheet, and statement

Dec 12Ken Stevens

Plan the Trade, Trade the Plan

Dec 12Ken Stevens

People that know me, know I love to trade stocks and options.  One of the hardest (and sometimes costly) lessons to learn about trading is to plan the trade and harder yet, trade the plan.  The first part of planning the trade is easy.  How else do you know what to trade?  My process goes as follows: I review my watch list and pick a stock that appears to be in a good trading range. Review the chart and pick a direction