Our team aligns with yours to implement change that makes your business stronger, more resilient, and more profitable. We are grounded in two core principles: to support companies and to exceed expectations. As professionals with a range of C-suite and Senior-level experience, our team has broad and proven skills as advisors, leaders, and owners. At RVR, our client relationships are authentic and enthusiastic, and every employee is bound by a commitment to improve businesses with tailored guidance, strategic action, and intuitive adaptability.

Joe

Joe Raymond

Founder and Managing Partner

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Joe has successfully facilitated the launch, growth, and exit of 100s of companies. Over many decades, he has helped businesses solve their most pressing challenges, accelerating their growth and maximizing their exit value.

In 1986, Joe founded and grew the Transworld Services Group staffing company to over $45 million in 10 years. By 1994, the company was among Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing, privately-held companies. Looking forward, Joe facilitated the business’ ISO 9002 certification, securing a standard of prestigious, international quality, and sold the company at a significant market premium ten years later. Soon after, Joe became President and 50% owner of ASG, a $3.5 million construction staffing company, building it into a $150 million business with 30 offices in five years. In 2007, ASG was sold to a publicly traded company, again at a market premium.

In the community, Joe sits on various advisory boards, and is the Founder and Chairman of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO), a non-profit center for children and adults with motor disabilities.

Marti

Marti Behrmann

Senior Consultant

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Over more than 20 years, Marti has developed a diverse sales and customer service portfolio experience, specializing in sales management. Her approach combines formal and dynamic strategies, having taken market placement from last to first in sales, retention, reputation, and collaboration with customers and peripheral channels. Whether in medical, entertainment, IT, or other industries, she uplifts companies to achieve new levels of profits by enhancing training and development. Exercising and reinforcing strong customer relationships, her preeminent sales philosophy merges with company vision to develop trust, longevity, and brand loyalty. Her industry research, familiarity with buyer and seller tactics, and adaptability offer continuous, meaningful results.

Jay

Jay Chaudhari

Senior Consultant

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Jay is an experienced professional with more than 15 years of experience working in the real estate and private equity industries. He has successfully acquired, developed, and exited multiple mixed-use developments across Central Florida, and works directly with the public, private, and non-profit sectors to implement successful projects for the community.

Jay co-founded two companies, JobPath and Waste to Energy Partners (dba Bolder Industries), advising and implementing capital strategies for both. Both companies are considered social enterprises, something that Jay is very passionate about. Jay recently advised and raised capital for the Gringos Locos restaurant group for two of their central Florida locations, and assisted in their business planning as well.

Jay currently serves on the board of the Central Florida Foundation, the Give Hope Foundation, and Mission United/United Way. Jay is also the incoming Co-Chair for the 2020 Wishmaker’s Ball benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Barry

Barry Curran

Senior Financial Consultant

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Barry Curran is a Senior Financial Consultant with experience addressing turnaround situations, financing arrangements, and acquisition/divestiture projects in hospitality, manufacturing, and real estate. With an emphasis in financial analysis, projections, reporting, and business planning, Barry has helped companies improve their cash flow through analysis of pricing, contribution margin, and company overhead for over 15 years. As the CFO for a food manufacturing plant, Barry helped increase EBITDA by 75% and was instrumental in the business’ sale. By developing detailed company plans and strategies, Barry aligns the goals of senior management and shareholders in order to set a business up for intentional success.

Lynea

Lynea Haeberle

Senior Consultant

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Lynea is an operations management consultant with 18+ years of experience in both domestic and international operations. She has a proven record of success in HCM SaaS management systems, financial services, and the healthcare industry. She has excelled in building and leading high-performing, cross-functional teams within small to mid-size businesses and large corporations. Lynea possesses extensive experience in implementation, business development, strategic planning, M&A, project management and process improvement. Most recently, she has driven operational standardization, change management, market expansion and strategic scalability through lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies.

Dawn

Dawn Martin

Senior Consultant

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Dawn has over 20 years of experience as an operations professional and Senior Consultant. During projects in operational and risk management, human resources, and IT, Dawn has successfully designed and implemented programs to reduce risk, lower costs, and accelerate processes for maximum efficiency gains. Whether implementing national programs or streamlining processes for financial and operational productivity, she consistently provides analytical review and strategy to ensure successful management and business development amid organizational launch or growth.

Dawn has overseen activities including quality assurance, expense tracking, policy/procedure development, information technology systems, vendor procurement and contract negotiation, making her a strategic asset to enhancing organizational value.

Bob

Bob Ramsey

Senior Consultant

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As a Senior Consultant, Bob contributes expertise in strategic operations and sustainable business growth. With 25+ years in executive management, P&L responsibilities, and strategic consulting, Bob has a record of improving operational models, performing business analyses, and troubleshooting development to enhance organizational value. As President and CEO of Living Foundation, Bob garnered experience in 501c3 processes, compliance, donor relations, and corporate donor relations, volunteer recruitment, and collaborations as well.

Upon co-founding Total Beverage (now Total Wines), Bob developed the business model and increased revenue to create a $15 million per-door superstore, multi-state beverage industry. Over five months, Bob served another company by reversing losses after the successful acquisition of a water manufacturing concept, increasing revenue from $850,000 to $4.1 million.

Archit

Archit Shah

Senior Financial Consultant

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Archit Shah is a Senior Financial Consultant and CPA with expertise in combining financial and business planning with tactical execution to optimize long-term benefits in performance, revenues, and profitability. He has worked for public and private companies, including Ernst & Young, and has provided extensive financial advisory services to range of companies, including PEOs. Archit has served as both a CFO and controller in organizations, consistently demonstrating experience in strategy, operational efficiency through identification, and implementation of best practices. Archit also has expertise in controllership, financial reporting, budgeting/forecasting, financial planning and analysis, and corporate leadership.

Rick

Rick Phillips

Controller

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Rick Phillips has 32 years of experience in construction, theme parks, manufacturing, and property management industries as a senior finance manager and controller. As a construction controller, he oversaw the successful development of 40+ major turnkey and expansion projects with a combined budget of over $2.1 billion.

Walker

Walker Haymaker

Associate

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Walker excels in project management and creating shared value for all stakeholders. He builds sustainable growth and long-term solutions with prospective clients by building effective communications and strong team environments. His experience in entrepreneurship and investment banking give him a unique perspective for both new and mature firms looking to maximize profits.

Walker graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Business Administration. He earned his MBA from Rollins College Graduate School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship, with distinctions as class president and the tech sector manager for the Crummer SunTrust Portfolio.

Tracy

Tracy Williams

Associate

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Frank

Frank Fontneau

Principal

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Frank has a record of positive business outcomes, exceling across departments and teams by understanding the operational and financial components of a business. Frank has effectively developed strategic plans, financial dashboards and forecasts, process improvement documentation, and training programs. Since 2012, Frank has led 100+ projects successfully to completion. Highlights from these projects include the accretive integration of two simultaneous acquisitions that resulted in more than $1 million of synergy savings, the management of a software conversion for scalability to avoid of millions of dollars in licensing fees, and the development of a financial and operational plan to avoid bankruptcy.

Drew

Drew Bernstein

Senior Consultant

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Drew ​helps companies spur growth and development. Although specialized in operational management and acquisition integration, Drew has also created and implemented new business strategies and devised and managed financial controls.

Drew has a successful record of helping businesses identify major obstacles and delivering strategic solutions that ensure designated initiatives are achieved. His career highlights include leading the acquisition and integration of 150+ converted retail locations, eventually rolling four companies into one in a period of 24 months, resulting in 200% store growth. Outside of retail, he has worked on large scale nationwide integrations in the PEO industry.

Bob

Bob Closs

Senior Consultant

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Bob is a Senior Consultant with extensive experience in general management, finance, and operations. He has demonstrated success in both established and transitional businesses across multiple industries. His ability to develop sustainable business relationships with a focus on customer experiences results in revenue growth and satisfaction, both of which are enhanced by his capacity to deliver strategic direction and effective organizational changes.

Holly

Holly Erlichman

Senior Consultant

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Holly provides a unique ability to understand how various areas of businesses intersect for optimum success and positive financial outcomes. With 20 years of experience, she has directly led to the creation and success of startup divisions, closing deals that brought in millions to her employers. Holly’s background spans a range of departments, including sales, marketing, partnerships, operations, recruitment, implementation, and technology.

Leslie

Leslie Hielema

Senior Consultant

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Leslie is a product specialist with a proven record of utilizing the tools of innovation, human centered design, entrepreneurship, engineering approaches, and data analytics to launch successful new products. She has launched over 30 new products and programs globally, including in the U.S, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Leslie converts customer needs and business goals into well aligned strategic plans and brings them to market, achieving positive business outcomes. She has developed innovative product strategies for health care, education, telecommunications, defense, consumer, non-profits, and start-ups. Leslie holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering, an MBA and a pilot’s license.

Jack

Jack Norman

Senior Consultant

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Jack Norman is an information security leader with 18 years of software development and information security experience in the defense, public, and private sectors. As the Chief Information Security Officer for Core & Main, Jack has supported seven acquisitions, implemented multiple compliance programs, and built a team of information security professionals.

Jack is also an adjunct professor at Full Sail University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Assurance and Cyber Security from the Florida Institute of Technology as well as an Executive MBA from the University of Central Florida.

Gil

Gil Regaspi

Senior Financial Consultant

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Gil is a results-oriented, hands-on finance and accounting professional with 25+ years of experience in financial modeling and analysis, cash management, budgeting, reporting, compliance, and full controllership. Gil works with clients as a part-time CFO or when projects arise in Central Florida in several industries. In the past, he has built pricing and financial models for a green technology business, developed budgets and financial reports for an international logistics software company, created cash flow projections, and managed controllership responsibilities. Gil also has cultivated experience with controllership and senior financial management positions in healthcare, media, construction, and governmental auditing.

Mike

 Mike Shemelya

Senior Consultant

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Mike is a solutions-focused, multifaceted senior financial consultant with 14 years of experience as a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP. He has provided assurance and business advisory services for businesses during start-up or turnaround, and managed finances and operations across diverse industries. Mike has in-depth knowledge and experience in risk management, business model development, human capital acquisition and development, M&A, and initial public offerings.

Lisa

Lisa Porter

Controller

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Lisa worked at a top Atlanta CPA firm for over 25 years. Her expertise includes preparing financial statements, monitoring, and managing all components of cash flow, developing management and external financial reports, and handling every financial and accounting requirement of a business. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Auburn University and holds a non-active Georgia CPA license.

Jacob

Jacob Kerby

Senior Associate

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Jacob brings a collaborative approach to projects with strong analytical skills, and continuously works with a long-term strategic mindset to help propel companies’ growth. With a background in both commercial and investment banking, he combines an analytical approach with an entrepreneurial mentality.

Jacob graduated from Auburn University, earning a Finance degree with a minor in Spanish. He also holds an MBA from Clemson University and a Master’s in International Business from IÈSEG School of Management in Paris, France.

Augusto

Augusto Baeta

Senior Director

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Augusto has extensive international business experience in operations, marketing, project, and event management, process engineering, and risk assessment. For 16 years, Augusto was Partner and COO of Crase Sigma, Brazil’s second largest real estate company with 1,200 homeowner’s associations, 45,000 units, and 4,500+ employees. Formerly the Director of Global Professional Development for the Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA), Augusto worked with 35 institutes around the world and planned, managed, and delivered regional and international conferences to 3,500 participants, establishing new historical records in attendance, gross revenues, net profits, customer satisfaction, and sponsorships. As a consultant, Augusto has managed projects and services across wealth management, online education, advertising, and professional employer organization industries to deliver exemplary results.


Thor

Thor Brun

Senior Consultant

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Thor has worked with clients all over the world driving strategic initiatives. He brings a unique and valuable point of view to his clients by combining a strong academic background with his professional experience. His education as an Economist with an MBA and a JD along with his work with clients in the United States and overseas allow Thor to see and create unique solutions. Thor’s professional background ranges from Strategy Consulting, and Economic Analysis to Project Management in the Themed Attraction, SaaS, and Pharmaceutical Software industries.

Kristi

Kristi Coombs

Senior Consultant

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Cheryle

Cheryle Frye

Senior Financial Consultant

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Cheryle is a Senior Financial Consultant with 25+ years of experience in financial and operational management for small to mid-size businesses. She has worked with both service and product-based operations in manufacturing through retail distribution systems, specializing in streamlining accounting functions to make jobs easier and information quicker and more accurate for management. Cheryle spent six years in whole auto auctions participating in rapid acquisition-based expansions. She spent the next decade in operations at a food manufacturing and wholesale company before joining an investment banking organization leading up to its acquisition by a major investment banking firm.

Mark

Mark Lowrey

Senior Financial Consultant

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Mark has 35 years of financial and operational experience helping companies enhance their value. He has served on three entrepreneurial management teams, each cited by Inc. magazine’s Inc. 500 among the fastest growing privately-held companies. He has served as part of a founding investor group, and as a CFO selling multiple businesses over a 17-year period, including a PEO with gross revenues exceeding $1.5 billion. He has experience with acquisitions, raising capital, private equity, bank financing, treasury operations, financial reporting, budgeting, and business planning. Mark spent the first decade of his career with Deloitte and PNC.

Cynthia

Cynthia Primm

Senior Consultant

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With over 25 years of experience in Human Resources developing initiatives consistent with business strategy and improving efficiency, effectiveness, and market competitiveness during restructurings and high growth periods, Cynthia has also become known for her success in building powerful and sustainable executive teams.

Over her career of providing both global and domestic leadership as a senior executive, Cynthia Primm has honed the set of skills, techniques, and processes needed to build strong partnerships that leverage the power of HR to deliver on business goals.  Across industries including healthcare, travel, manufacturing, and biotech; and within business organizations from venture-backed start-ups through Fortune 500 companies; she has developed and deployed scalable HR systems that have successfully driven growth targets and merger and acquisition goals.

Currently, Cynthia serves in a sabbatical role as the Vice President Human Resources for Florida non-profit, Quest Inc. whose 700+ employees serve over 1000 clients a day in 25 locations.  In addition, as managing partner of Parker Primm Associates, she applies her strong understanding and extensive experience of key due diligence areas and project management to specialize in strategic and operational deployment of integrated Human Resources processes and initiatives critical to the success of mergers and acquisitions.

Cynthia’s experience as a collaborative partner has also served her well as a member of several executive boards related to Education, Healthcare and Community Service. Cynthia holds a BSBA from Bryant University and is certified as a DDI Facilitator, Predictive Index Analyst and Professional Certified Coach.

Meredith

Meredith Savarise

Senior Consultant

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Meredith is a specialized process and technology solutions consultant with more than 19 years of experience in the staffing and workforce solutions industry. Meredith has designed and deployed more than 100 programs for clients ranging from the Fortune top 20 to mid-sized growth organizations across multiple countries in North America and Europe.  Innovative and creative in her ability to understand complex situations and visualize future-state solutions, Meredith has consistently delivered results for her clients. She has extensive experience building and implementing programs across a number of industries, including Manufacturing, Energy, Software, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Automotive and Media and Entertainment.

Kurt

Kurt Wells

Senior Consultant

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Kurt is a dynamic, action-oriented leader who inspires others toward positive change. He brings over 18 years of experience in operations, business development, and executive management.

His extensive and in depth background with an array of diverse industries has allows him insight into assisting companies development towards driving productivity and profitability by utilizing enhanced technologies, workforce optimization, and business process solutions.

Casey

Casey Austgen

Associate

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Maressa

Maressa Taylor Levy

Associate

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Maressa is an experienced project management and business development professional with extensive experience supporting strategic goals and implementing growth initiatives for corporate and community partners. With a strong background in client partnership development and budget management, Maressa is able to provide companies with a multi-faceted approach for facilitating company growth.

 

She has developed content for a multitude of audiences and mediums, including websites, public relations and marketing firms, and nonprofit organizations. Maressa graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Journalism, and also holds a Masters in Entertainment Business from New York University and an MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship from Rollins College.