John is a bilingual executive with over 25 years of financial & strategic advisory, investment banking, and operations experience which offers an extraordinary viewpoint on improving profitability & cash flow management and accelerating growth through turnaround and restructuring initiatives. He has worked both domestically and internationally across a number of industries including financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate & construction, and high-tech.
John also has a specialty in serving as interim Chief Financial Officer for numerous companies ranging in revenues from $25MM to over $200MM. As CFO he has successfully overseen complex post-merger integrations, completed numerous corporate & financial restructurings as well as capitalizations & recapitalizations, designed and redesigned financial operations, reduced cost structures & cash burn, and directed treasury operations ensure his client’s business viability towards completion of imminent capital placements or long term growth plans.
John began his career at Ernst & Young where he spent most of his 10-year tenure in financial management advisory & strategy consulting. He also worked with IBM Global Services – Global Strategy & Design Services and Gemini Partners (became Redwood Capital Group – a middle market investment banking firm).
John received his Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an accounting concentration from Bucknell University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and is fluent in Spanish.
“Tony was able to provide an unbiased third-party review of our business and performance, strengthening our relationship with our financial partners. “
CEO, LAC Group
“provided candid, practical, and well-optioned solutions to me and others as we navigated what can be a sensitive balance between culture and accountability.”
Chief Operating Officer, Carma Laboratories, Inc.
He not only identifies the problems that the business is facing, but he presents alternative solutions and the reasons behind his recommendations.
Stephen T. Bobo
Everything he said he was going to do and promises made, he came through. I have since recommended him to other companies in need of a “turnaround professional” consultation. I truly admire his innate ability to tackle such immense challenges with style, grace, and ethics.
Sales Manager, Cardinal Glass
Shepherd Partners provided our firm with perspective and coaching we simply couldn’t find anywhere else. He lent a skillful hand to negotiations with creditors and government agencies…
VP-Finance, Commercial Data Systems, Inc.
“…I was confident I was in good hands with Tony as he helped me navigate troubled waters.”
Owner, Designed Alloy Products, Inc.
…would highly recommend Shepherd to any closely- held business like ours that might be going through significant trials and tribulations…
…successfully guided us through a very tumultuous restructuring of our family company’s financial structure and leadership & governance organization…same expert and caring guidance to that situation as he did in his previous engagement with my family’s company…
President, M.A.Gedney and SVP New Business Ventures, Bellisio Foods
Tony did an excellent job serving as independent director for a distressed company. His sophistication and discernment in the board deliberation process were very valuable.
Attorney, SNR Dentons
…brought all of the parties to the table and laid out the framework for a restructuring that made sense…
Managing Director; Fifth Third Bank Structured Finance Group
…leading directly to the company’s and the lenders’ recovery of their entire investment…
Another time, his team successfully navigated a foreclosure process and the debtor’s bankruptcy and sale. The situation demanded firmness in dealing with the company’s uncooperative senior executives and delicateness in managing employees, vendors, and customers…Madison Capital accomplished a 100% recovery of its loan and interest….
Managing Director-Special Assets Group Manager, Madison Capital Funding/New York Life
…when I brought Tony into situations to help the largest as well as smaller banks, our clients have been very satisfied.
Daryl Diesing, Creditor Rights Attorney, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
…consistent responsiveness, speed, and effectiveness…a tough negotiator but not combative, which is key to a successful outcome…
Jeffrey Arnesen, Director, Houlihan Lokey
…keen awareness of and balanced approach…His professionalism and commitment gained the respect of these competing interests and resulted in an award-winning transaction…
Attorney, Manty & Associates
His level headed teams keep focused on the goals, move fast, pay attention to details and don’t get derailed by distracting issues that we see in the Distressed space…works collaboratively to deliver exceptional results.
Managing Partner, Craft Partners