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COO CFO Executive

West Hollywood, California, United States
July 30, 2019

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CHRISTOPHER J. WAGNER • 310-***-****


• Collaborative and inclusive seeking to empower co-workers

• Entrepreneurial spirit matched with strong business acumen

• Experienced leadership in team building and employee development

• Excellent fiscal management driving to exceed revenue and profit goals

• International experience in both service sector and CPG manufacturing and inventory

• Direct reports have included HR, IT, legal, accounting and finance

• Unflappable personality and even temperament

• Intellectually curios, pragmatic and practical


Executive Producer

Wrong Side of the Road Productions Producer of Far Away Places film 2018-Present

• Accepted into 35 film festivals worldwide

• Winner of 21 awards including Best Script, Director, Documentary, Editing and Music

• Responsibilities included fund raising, post-production and advertising/publicity Chief Operating Officer

Eclipse Advertising – Burbank, CA Entertainment and Brand Marketing/Advertising 2017-2018

• Conceived, developed and produced television shows for newly established broadcast division

• Recruited key senior employees thereby changing culture and quality of work product

• Streamlined operations through revised policies and procedures

• Designed custom KPI reporting that improved budget management

• Evaluated several M&A opportunities and provided recommendations to ownership Chief Operating Officer

Mob Scene – Los Angeles, CA Entertainment and Brand Marketing/Advertising 2015-2017

• Devised and implemented short and long-term strategic plans of 1, 3 and 5 years

• Bolstered company services via recruitment of international, brand and social media teams

• Optimized post-production labor with new operational policies and procedures

• Implemented training program for junior staff resulting in internal promotions and staff retention

• Completed 97% of projects on-time and within budget

• Negotiated commercial lease and orchestrated company move to new 47,000 square foot office

• Designed & installed Microsoft Dynamics ERP system; replaced 30 year-old MAS90 software

• Designed customized KPI dashboards for each division manager

• Restructured 401(k) program resulting in 103% employee participation increase

• Prepared and presented quarterly BOD financial package

• Increased revenue growth – 133% EBITDA – 19% Valuation increase – 121%

• Recognized as the highest performer of 54 companies in VC portfolio Chief Operating Officer

The Cimarron Group – Hollywood, Beijing, Singapore, Rome 2011-2014 Entertainment and Traditional Brand Marketing and Advertising

• Conceived and recruited employees for new sports, international and brand divisions

• Dynamic leadership with visionary planning for strong future growth and profitability

• Recruited executives to build collaborative teams and effectuate change in company culture

• Strengthened cost controls through improved reporting and communication with managers

• Secured new line-of-credit thereby improving cash flow and working capital

• Opened territorial offices in Beijing and Singapore

• Delivered client work 99% on-time and 94% within budget

• BOD member preparing and presenting strategic planning analysis of 1 and 3 years

• YOY revenue growth – 32.4% Gross Margin increase – 8% EBITDA – 22% Chief Financial Officer

CREATIVE RECREATION – Los Angeles, New York City 2008-2011 Designer, Manufacturer and Distributor of lifestyle footwear

• Managed month-end close and preparation of all related financial statements

• Supervised annual audit working with outside CPA firm

• Devised initial company and departmental budget and measured monthly against actual results

• Developed KPI’s and dashboards for division managers and owners

• Managed bi-annual inventory audit and booked asset write-downs as necessary

• Interfaced with bank and negotiated critical lines-of-credit

• Designed and implemented company-first Ecommerce website

• Planned and installed new SAP ERP system including inventory and HR modules

• Developed in-house customer credit program that maintained overall bad debt of just 1%

• Prepared and presented financial statements for BOD and Executive Committee meetings

• Chaired all weekly Executive and Manager meetings and subsidiary BOD meetings

• YOY revenue growth – 96% Gross Margin – 52% EBITDA – 18%

• Spearheaded M&A activity resulting in a successful company sale Chief Executive Officer


• Launched company’s first foreign subsidiary (HQ) and duty-free warehouse

• Solely designed and implemented complex accounting, tax and legal framework

• Doubled EU sales within six months while shorting delivery by an average of 25 days

• Reduced foreign tax rate by 67%

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

Associates Purchasing – Los Angeles and Irvine, CA Knoll office furniture dealer 2007-2008

• Reviewed all journal entries and prepared adjusting, intercompany and accrual entries

• Prepared detailed analysis of monthly and quarterly actual results vs. budget

• Compiled monthly package for ownership and presented at BOD meetings

• Presented weekly Flash report with KPI’s to department managers

• Created Excel spreadsheets for sales reps and manager improving pricing and profit accuracy

• Interacted with outside CPA firm preparing materials for corporate and partner tax returns

• Authored departmental and consolidated annual budget

• EBITDA – 69% over goal Gross Profit – 5.6% increase Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

Royal Promotions & Placement – Culver City, CA Entertainment advertising/marketing firm 1995-2006

• Developed and serviced high profile clients including Valentino, Triumph, Nikon and Lear Jet

• Full P&L preparation responsibility along with related financial statements

• Monthly and quarterly budget vs. actual analysis

• Devised all strategic planning for business development and operations

• Client retention rate of 96%

• Managed all investments and financial disbursements to partners

• Primary contact to CPA firm, banking, legal and investment institutions

• Represented firm in successful M&A sell transaction Executive Financial Consultant

ASICS Tiger Corporation – Huntington Beach, CA (one year contract) 1994-1995 Athletic footwear and apparel designer and manufacturer

• Devised strategy to reduce $100 million of aging inventory

• Designed, developed and opened three company-owned outlet stores within six months

• Generated revenue of $1 million per store while garnering valuable customer feedback

• Created environment for product testing and evaluation Vice President Finance & General Manager

Yale Video & Film – Anaheim, CA Entertainment production and post-production facility 1988-1994

• Prepared annual budget and monthly/quarterly analysis vs. actual results

• Developed strategic plan for extensive growth via new revenue streams

• Initiated and lead the acquisition of several competitors to amass market leader

• Created rigid credit policies resulting in 42% decrease in bad debt and A/R drop of 52 days

• EP for ten weekly shows on ESPN and Fox Sports; Nationally syndicated music video show

• Represented firm in successful multi-million dollar M&A sell transaction EDUCATION

BS, Business Administration, Finance, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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