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Areas of Expertise

  • Strategy/Planning
  • Finance
  • Accounting/Auditing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Turnaround Management
  • Treasury/Banking
  • Supply Chain
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Management Consulting
  • General Management
  • Business Development

Career Highlights

CFO with business transformation DNA. In 10 years completed 3 turnarounds, a public company offering, & a company sale.

SkyCaddie - Completed turnaround & repositioned company for sale. Setup China sourcing office & international subsidiaries.

Microtek Medical - Integrated manufacturing operations & improved company's value. Facilitated sale of company to a strategic buyer for $270 million.

Thomas Trains - Led turnaround, improved earnings quality, & closed the NASDAQ after a successful equity offering.

Ernst & Young - Led a major turnaround engagement at a leading F-500 client.

Brinks - Part of team that turned around Brinks' $1.8 billion transportation & logistics business unit.

20 years P&L leadership roles with F-500 organizations, E&Y, and middle market companies:

Brinks - 11+ year career. Financial leader at 110 branch $1B business unit; led margin improvement program generating $17M annually. Acquired & integrated international operations. 

Led P&Ls at SkyCaddie, Microtek Medical, & Thomas Trains. 


BIOGRAPHY John Oliver has specialized in turning companies around and improving operations for more than 25 years. Mr. Oliver has served as Chief Financial Officer for private, public, and private equity backed companies up to $1 billion.He has demonstrated success at leading companies through turnarounds, restructurings, periods of stable & high growth, and eventual sale.John's expertise includes emerging businesses, turnaround management, operations improvement, due diligence and post merger integration. John has been a CFO for two NASDAQ listed companies. He has worked in manufacturing, distribution and service operations and has a proven record of maximizing shareholder value. He has an excellent capital market and M&A track record. John once had the honor to close the NASDAQ after successfully recapitalizing his company. Mr. Oliver has served as corporate secretary for three public companies. He is known for rolling up his sleeves and focusing on the pertinent issues with straightforwardness and integrity. Mr. Oliver's executive experience includes CFO of SkyCaddie where he led the turnaround of the entity. In 2007, he helped facilitate a $270 million sale of Microtek Medical to Ecolab. John has held senior positions at Brinks, United Parcel Service, and Ernst & Young. At Brinks Mr. Oliver helped facilitate the turnaround and NYSE spin-off of BAX Global (a multi billion transportation & logistics concern). He also helped execute Brink's roll-up acquisition strategy, and launch the company's third party logistics unit. And at Ernst & Young he directed client projects for Amazon, HP, HP Medical, Bestbuy, Sprint, & CSX Mr. Oliver is a Certified Public Accountant; he has an MBA from The University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Connecticut State University FUNCTIONAL PROFILE Accounting, Financial & SEC Management - Over twenty years experience preparing financial statements and management reports; supervision of global financial teams, plant controllers, auditors and support systems, forecasting & budgeting, periodic SEC filings and IPO/registration statements. CFO responsible for Sarbanes-Oxley requirements; investor relations and road shows. Corporate Secretary responsible for shareholder records.Acquisition & Purchase Management - Extensive experience with due diligence and purchase accounting, financial & operations integration, financial modeling, negotiating valuations and deal points. Banking Relationships & Treasury Management - Fifteen years of responsibility for cash management in situations ranging from negative cashflow and loan default to positive cashflow and adequate credit. Development and implementation of international and risk management strategies.Operations Management - Over fifteen years supply chain, transportation and distribution experience. Managed global manufacturing, distribution and service operations; international sourcing and procurement teams; outsourcing & off-shoring programs.Business Development/Consulting - Experience leading pursuit teams and go-to-market strategies. Managed and sold engagements at leading Fortune 500 Companies. Managed systems integration projects.


Division Finance Leader  -  Chief Financial Officer  -  VP / General Manager

Seeking a senior leadership position with an ambitious growth company where I can leverage my financial and operating skills to build a scalable flexible organization noted for high customer satisfaction, employee pride, and shareholder enthusiasm.

Work experience


Senior Advisor

Oliver Wyman
Senior Advisor to Oliver Wyman’s Corporate Finance & Restructuring practice. Expertise includes turnarounds, financial restructuring, M&A, equity offerings/capital raises, and transition strategies, with a focus on global manufacturing, distribution, and service industries

Vice President / Consultant - Corporate Strategy & Development

Pacer International

NASDAQ Company, leading Intermodal & Logistics Company with revenues in excess of $1.5 Billion.

Managing Director Europe GmbH – Hamburg Germany

Full P&L leadership of European Operation – program management of turnaround & expansion initiatives.

Vice President / Consultant – Corporate Strategy & Development

Chairman/CEO’s Office - Manage corporate strategy & development, program management of turnaround, financial, & strategic initiatives.

·Completed restructuring of $130 million debt portfolio.

·Realigned Operating Model; led order-to-cash optimization; facilitated field & back-office reengineering.


Chief Financial Officer

SkyCaddie: The world's leading manufacturer & distributor of Golf Rangefinders (annual revenues approaching $XXX million). Completed turn-around of the entity – built a strong management team, and significant cash reserves; drove substantial improvements in operating margins, EBITDA and net income.More than doubled (2x) EBITDA Margins and Gross EBITDA increased four times (4x).Renegotiated banking relationships and credit facilities reducing fees and increasing credit capacity.Put in public company grade systems and processes needed to facilitate probable sale or IPO.Developed road-show deck, script, and S-1 draft.Drove investment banking and audit activities with BOA-Securities/Merrill Lynch, and PWC. Off-shored certain back office functions.

SVP/Corporate Controller

Microtek Medical Corporation (NASDAQ)

Microtek Medical: The NASDAQ Company is a leading manufacturer and distributor of surgical drapes, surgical and infection control devices.

Instrumental in structuring a deal to sell company for $270 million.Recruited as part of a succession plan.Corporate financial leader with responsibility for growing the company via acquisition.Completed two acquisitions all were creatively financed through earn-outs or other opportunistic structures, and were immediately accretive to earnings.Drove plant controller, banking, SEC and audit activities. Improved business model by integrating and streamlining European and Dominican Republic manufacturing operations.


Chief Financial Officer

Actions Products International (NASDAQ)

Action Products: The NASDAQ Company is a leading specialty educational toy manufacturer and distributor. Brands incuded "Thomas Trains" & "Jay-Jay the Jet Plane."

Turned-around and recapitalized entity. Led the company to its first profit in 5 years; Recapitalized the company through a warrant offering; Acquired and integrated an award winning children’s furniture company; Negotiated a new ABL credit facility under more favorable terms; Enhanced cash flows by spearheading collections, supplier, quality and customer service initiatives; Partnered with the CEO to lead the company to record sales by launching over 30 new product offerings.



United Parcel Service

Service line director in a 100+ consultant – management consulting practice specializing in financial, operations, and supply chain management. Responsible for sales and management of senior consulting and logistics professionals. Launched a business process outsourcing go-to-market strategy. Client projects included validating business models, customer segmentation, rightsizing infrastructure, improving working capital management, strategic sourcing, and supply chain technology; 3PL, outsourcing/off-shoring, negotiating and implementing restructuring plans.


Senior Manager

Ernst & Young

Managed and sold financial and operational consulting projects to Fortune 500 Companies.Client projects included strategy development, M&A, SEC/Registration advisory; FORM-D/PPM development & management, restructuring, post merger integration, systems integration, product rationalization, procurement, distribution, transportation and outsourcing. Nominated for Partner, practice sold to Cap Gemini.


Group Controller/Operations Director

The Brinks Company

The Brinks Company is a $4+ Billion Worldwide Mining (Pittston Minerals), Transportation (BAX Global) & Security Services (Brinks Armored & Home Security) Conglomerate.

Group Controller/Operations Director(1991 to 1997)

BAX Global, Irvine, CA & Atlanta, GA.A $1.9 billion worldwide cargo and logistics division of The Brinks Company.  Reported to Business Unit President; responsible for business development and general management functions for the unit’s third party logistics operation.Role also included financial and administrative activities pertaining to the international freight forwarding, brokerage, and third party logistics unit with operations in Europe, United States, and Asia. Left company to complete MBA at USC.

Corporate Internal Audit Manager(1986 to 1990)

Brinks Corporate, Stamford, CT & Irvine, CA.Global manager of operational and financial audits for the Parent Company.Managed additional assignments for the Corporate Executive Vice President & Audit Committee. Including assisting with: filing an S-4 for the Brinks and BAX Global Group tracking stocks;the design and launch of a foreign currency hedging and inter-company netting program to reduce the companies FX exposure; capital lease funding, and back-office off-shoring programs.



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University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

CPA - California (Active Status)



Connecticut State University

Fairfield Prep


Business Development
General Business
Management Consulting
Operations - Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Distribution
Turnaround Management
Mergers & Acquisitions


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)



Vice President

"John joined SkyCaddie at a very difficult time. The company had a major embezzlement and had been experiencing very acute problems. In addition the company needed to transition from the 'throw it together' start up phase to a more process oriented organization. John brought elements of process and internal controls to finance, accounting, and procurement that were sorely lacking. His leadership brought confidence back to teams that had been greatly demoralized. John's acumen resulted in the company accumulating cash reserves and opening up favorable credit facilities in the recent tight credit markets. In turn, this allowed my organization to change our mode of manufacturing from use of 'PO financing' intermediaries to engaging in direct relationships with manufacturers. This has resulted in significant cost savings and great improvements in overall supply chain efficiency. I would be happy to partner with John in any future opportunities.”