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.

Cynthia

Cynthia Primm

Senior Director

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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.

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.

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.

Jim

Jim Alessandro

Senior Consultant

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With 35 years of experience leading marketing teams across multiple products, Jim has the breadth and depth across all marketing functions to effectively support just about any business strategy.

Whatever business he’s supporting, Jim’s first step is to understand alignment (or lack of alignment) of its product, price, distribution and communications strategies to each other as well as to a legitimate customer need or want.

In his 8 years in the marketing agency environment, he developed and implemented marketing strategy and marketing communications programs for retail, small business, consumer and business to business marketed products – in both a consulting capacity as well as the de-facto marketing department for his clients.

In his 25 years within Disney Parks & Resorts division, Jim led marketing strategy and marketing organizations for nearly every Disney product from its largest (Walt Disney World’s 4 parks and 22 hotels), to the development and launch of it’s smallest (Adventures by Disney), to one of its major growth engines (Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club timeshare), to a turnaround (Disneyland Paris) and a major international expansion (Shanghai Disneyland). He’s also led development of marketing programs for business-to business products like Conventions and Disney Institute. In his last 10 years, Jim was often brought into teams that required big organizational or strategic change.

Post-retirement from Disney, Jim has been leading marketing efforts at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Kenan-Flagler business school where he has led the development of business and marketing strategies to support the rapidly changing environment the School’s higher-level education is facing.

Jim and his wife first moved to Winter Park in 1993 and after multiple transfers to different cities ended back there in time for their oldest child to start high school in 2012.


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.

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.

Chad

Chad Rice

Senior Director

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Chad is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who loves to work with company founders and investors to help them grow their businesses and meet their goals. With a track record of success helping small and middle-market companies reach the next level, he’s learned that only by building a great team across disciplines can a company reach its full potential. Growth and long- term success come when you pair the right people with a great core business proposition.

Chad is passionate about working with owners to help refine and perfect their strategic growth plans with a focus on optimizing capital allocation and maximizing cash flow through improved operations. Once a plan is in place, he enjoys the research, analytics, and modeling that go into identifying organic and M&A based growth opportunities.

Chad spent 15+ years in Corporate Banking and as a CFO/entrepreneur. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Duke University and his MBA from the University of Florida. He is also a CFA Charter Holder.

Married to the love of his life Elizabeth for the past 12+ years, Chad spends his free time with his wife and two amazing children, Adeline and Daniel.

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.

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.

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.

Naoufal

Naoufal Abouelhouda

Associate

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Naoufal works to further propel existing projects and support the development of potential projects, working to accelerate growth and profitability for RVR clients. Naoufal’s experience in project management and data analysis allows him to create strong deliverables that add value to client organizations.

Naoufal has successfully integrated solutions in various industries, and works alongside RVR’s recruiting branch to support each companies’ talent optimization efforts. Naoufal’s track record accurately reflects his success collaborating with business development teams to provide insight into various components of their business, in addition to supporting personnel changes and restructuring.

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.


Jay

Jay Chaudhari

Director of Business Development

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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.

Alison

Alison Kravchuk

Senior Consultant

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Alison is a Business Development and Operations specialist.  Her skills set helps companies leverage technology and sales teams to create new lines of revenue and reduce overhead costs—specifically toward the strategic goal to position the company for acquisition or to raise investor capital.  Her personal mission is to enable, empower, and equip individuals and corporations with the tools they need to have a greater reach and increase stakeholder value.  Alison earned her B.S. in Advertising from The University of Texas, and a MBA from Rollins College Graduate School of Business with a concentration on operations and entrepreneurship.  To date, Alison has helped raise more than $200 million in investment capital for the companies she works with.

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.

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.

David

David Eggers

Senior Consultant

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Dave brings over 20 years of Global Corporate Finance experience to RVR, and specializes in upgrading financial reporting and corporate controls while optimizing back office operations. His experience includes several M&A transactions, company exits, and IPO preparation. After earning his MBA in Finance at the University of Illinois, he spent more than ten years at Ford Motor Company, which included roles as the CFO of Ford Russia Manufacturing and Deputy CFO of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. After leaving Ford, Dave held positions as CFO and COO in fast-growing, IPO-track companies in both the automotive and technology sectors. After leaving his last role as a Global CFO, Dave has focused on interim and project CFO roles, predominantly in mid-sized private equity-backed tech companies. These include a $150MM IT security company in Boston, an ad-tech start up in Silicon Valley, and, more recently, mid-sized companies headquartered in Florida.

Maressa

Maressa 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.

Casey

Casey Austgen

Associate

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Casey drives projects forward, working with clients to align business goals with long-term solutions. With a background in project management and implementation, Casey brings a thoughtful approach to problem solving, optimizing processes and building deliverables that add real value to businesses.

Casey has successfully integrated solutions for clients in the healthcare and SAAS industries. Some of his greatest successes include collaborating in the development of Project Management Offices and building robust reporting systems to elevate performance and provide business owners greater visibility into their operations.