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JOHN LARNER, CPA, MBA

Encinitas, CA 92024 858.699.6971 JPLarner@AOL.com LinkedIn.com/in/JohnLarner

Executive Summary
Forward thinking, hands-on CFO/Controller; possesses the vision and experience to foster growth, identify trends
and develop sound financial and operational solutions for business expansions.
Realized Success
Establishing financial goals, budgets and assessments of domestic and international investment opportunities;
drive $80+M in market revenue
Implementing financial and operational technology infrastructure for greater cost savings and operational
efficiency and standardization
Directing staff, developing A-team talent and managing large-scale, off-site projects and personnel
Strategic Planning including formulating profit-driven policies and procedures while maintaining sound P&L
directives
Expertise
Finance: A/P, A/R, Payroll, Cash Management, Treasury Management, Internal Controls, Annual Budgets,
Audits and Income Tax Preparation
Human Resources, Marketing, Information Technology and Operations
Negotiation of multi-million dollar business ventures throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, Australia,
Mexico and South America
MBA and CPA Certification

Professional Experience
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO)
2013 Present
WestAir Gases and Equipment Inc., San Diego, CA
Largest independent distributor of gases and equipment in the Southwest United States

Expanded a small, family owned business with sales of $32M into an $80+M entity, more than doubling
revenue within three years.
Secured $25+M in banking credit to facilitate the successful purchase of four new business entities and the
capacity for additional acquisitions.
Reorganized talent that resulted in a leaner, more productive workforce resulting in higher levels of job
satisfaction and morale.
Directed the conversion of a new ERP system; enabled field managers to rapidly and accurately assess
customer data and better negotiate business agreements.
With Company President, instituted meetings and events with executive leaders of disparate subsidiaries
that have strengthened communication, best practice collaboration and has fostered a climate of teamwork and cooperative productivity.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO)


2001 2013
Marquee Entertainment Corporation, San Diego, CA
Holding Company with 30 subsidiaries spanning real estate, sports, and entertainment industries

Presided over and ensured the performance of a diverse range of business investments including
monetizing new ventures.

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Implemented a new accounting system that standardized procedures across 30 corporations, highlighted
underperforming ventures and saved $800K within the first year.
Saved multi-million dollars in investments by analyzing the financial, marketing and operational viability of
various entities and correctly identifying those with poor performance potential.
Raised $20M to establish sport leagues and food service businesses in China; negotiated ventures in a
cultural and economic climate that was vastly different to U.S. conventions.
Managed the finances and assembled/directed the project team that constructed and profitably sold over
300 single family homes in Southern California, grossing over $100M.
Formed a 501(C) and secured all required certifications to receive a Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) loan guarantee for construction of senior skilled nursing facilities.
Reorganized company departments and personnel to eliminate task replication, maximize workforce talent,
raise staff morale and increase operational efficiency.
Directed the efforts of 100+ employees and contracted staff across national and international projects at
any one time; ensured optimal operational efficiency, fiduciary responsibility and profitability.

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS & ADMINISTRATION


Premier Management Group, Indianapolis, IN
Start-up Automotive Racing Consultant Company

1998 2000

Secured business license and devised all operational strategies that rapidly launched a racing series with
little name recognition into a successful and impactful industry leader.
Established and managed finance/accounting department; escalated profits from $25,000 to $300,000+
within six months, and to over $2M in first year, by analyzing and streamlining underperforming
investments.
Implemented a comprehensive accounting system that managed and standardized high volume domestic
and international account revenue and expenses.
Concurrently directed Marketing/Promotion activities of television, radio and print advertising and
supervised pressroom media staff.
Negotiated/secured coveted contracts with NBC, ESPN, Eurosport and other top-tier networks; traveled to
Europe and Asia to broker sponsorships with BMW, Porsche, Cadillac, Audi and other premier businesses.
Drove high levels of target audience attendance by planning strategic, highly popular charity events,
autograph sessions and special ceremonies; more than tripled expected attendance at initial race,
generated $8M+ in ticket revenue and $6M in food/beverage sales.

Education
MBA, Marketing and International Business and Management
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
MBA Intern Representative at Golden Bear International in Singapore Asia
Golf course design and construction project
Awarded a $100M contract following recommendation to secure an EXIM (Export/Import) Bank guaranteed
loan at a low U.S. interest rate to offset subsidies by other foreign governments.
Created a sales evaluation tool that rapidly assessed client profiles within 15 minutes and a template that
standardized contract terms; raised contract profitability by 15%.
BA, Business Economics/Accounting
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)