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Chicago, Illinois, United States
February 10, 2018

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Adrian Mark Goetz

**W*** Hillside Lane

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527


Chief Financial Officer – Chief Operating Officer

Senior business executive with over thirty years’ experience in various business environments

Experienced turn around professional with the ability to transform substandard operating entities into growing and profitable organizations

Seasoned professional in all phases of acquisitions from initial negotiations, due diligence to successful integration

Developer of management teams to support business growth and expansion

Successful implementer of continuous process improvement, streamlining operations and increasing overall productivity

Professional Experience

European Imports Inc. a SYSCO Corporation – Chicago, Illinois – Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer, 2012 to April 2017

Assisted in the integration of European Imports Inc. into the SYSCO culture and business practices

Created financial business plans for the acquired organization operating within the new business environment

Developed incentive plans for operational managers based on attaining objective goals

Responsible for developing the organizations annual operating plan and driving adherence to the plan

Assisted in the transferring sales and personnel of former divisions to regional SYSCO operating companies

Continued to drive improvement in operations during a rapidly changing environment

European Imports Ltd. – Chicago, Illinois – Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer, 2004 to 2012

CFO/COO of a medium sized family owned specialty food distributor headquartered in Chicago

Worked closely with sales management in driving sales productivity, assisting in more than 50% sales growth during economically challenging times

Headed acquisition team which successfully acquired seven entities within eight years

Established and maintained strong banking relations during historically economically challenging times reducing the cost of capital and funding continued growth

Implemented a budgetary discipline which assisted in controlling operating expenses

Developed, implemented and updated management incentive plans based on objective performance measures rewarding managers for increased productivity and cost controls

Developed and implemented turnaround plans for poor performing business units

Managed and grew foreign currency exchange gains, consistently adding over $500,000 to net income annually

Assisted in developing a management team that supported and managed profitable sales growth

Worked with outside accounting firm providing complete account analysis and work papers for all balance sheet accounts in support of year end accounting review of financial statements

Wicklander Printing Corporation / TriVista Plastics LLC – Chicago, Illinois – Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of a privately held high quality sheet-fed printer and a plastic card finisher, 1996 to 2004

Responsible for accounting, finance, information systems, purchasing and human resources

Managed and supervised a staff of ten individuals, five of which were professionals

Enhanced business financial and operational reporting, providing reliable and timely data for key managers

Instituted a budget discipline throughout the organization, enabling managers and employees to be in control of their respective costs

Planned, negotiated and integrated acquired business units into corporate structure

Formal quarterly meeting with Board of Directors communicating financial and operational performance

Integral member of the strategic planning committee developing three and five year plans with continued refinement

Loop Recycling, Inc. - Chicago, Illinois – Controller for a $70MM post-consumer and industrial recycler, 1995 to 1996

Managed the accounting function of the parent company and two subsidiaries

Instituted internal controls assuring complete and accurate recording of sales transactions on a timely basis

Reduced outstanding days sales in accounts receivables by 20 days, increasing cash flow and reducing interest expense

Developed a plant production reporting system, enabling plant management to track and improve productivity

Initiated a new plant safety program with the goal of lowering worker’s compensation claims and minimize insurance exposure

Cozzi Iron & Metal, Inc. – Chicago, Illinois, a $300MM processor of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal

Plant Manager, 1992-1995 managed the daily operations of a ferrous shredder facility with annual revenues exceeding $20MM

Directed and coordinated daily activities of three office staff and thirty unionized employees

Instituted processes and procedures which in a sixteen month period resulted in a 144% increase in production and a 36% reduction in costs

Instituted a Total Quality Management program within the plant, encouraging total employee participation in the improvement process

Chairperson of the parent corporations ISO 9002 steering committee

Assistant Corporate Controller / Divisional Controller, 1989 to 1992

Managed and reviewed monthly financial reporting for all profit centers

Interfaced with plant managers discussing monthly financial performance and goal attainments

Liaison with outside auditors for year-end audits and review

Supervised daily work of accounting department

The Chicago-Tokyo Bank – Chicago, Illinois, Auditor, of a $500MM bank associated with the Bank of Tokyo

Lawrence Edelheit Ltd., CPA’s – Skokie, Illinois, Staff Auditor for a small public accounting firm specializing in small and medium size clients

Illinois Department of Revenue – Chicago, Illinois, Revenue Auditor

Robert l. Berner & Co. – Chicago, Illinois; Assistant to the Corporate Controller, of a $12MM wholesaler


MBA University of Chicago

CPA University of Illinois #34,895

BS University of Illinois at Chicago – Accounting

HS St. Ignatius CP

Present Business and Civic Board Memberships

National Association of Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) – Investment Advisory Board

Vocational Economics Inc. Board of Advisors

St. Barbara Parish Finance Council Chairperson

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